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5 Experiments to Overcome Photographer’s Block

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. We feel lethargic and uninspired. We feel the urge to blow a bunch of money on a new lens or a new camera, in hopes that it would somehow reinvigorate our passions. But what if we already have what we need to overcome photographer’s block? Here are 5 simple experiments to try to expand our photographic horizons.

5. Shoot with Your Least Used Lens

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Shot with a Holga 25mm Pinhole

We’ve all been there. A late night Craigslist session, an impulse BUY IT NOW! on eBay, or a well commissioned salesperson at a camera store. We all have lenses that we sparingly use.

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Mine used to be the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Fantastic lens. Brilliantly sharp. But I’m not gifted with the patience to shoot macrophotography and I also bought it as a portrait lens. I found it to be slightly too long, too slow to use in dim light without stabilization, and too inexpensive to part with. So I kept it. For years. In a closet.

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Right now, it’s my Holga 25mm Pinhole lens. Super fun lens. Incredibly inexpensive. However, a plastic meniscus lens at f/8 has limited usability at night or indoors. But rather than dwelling on limitations, a lens’ unique character could force you to think outside the box and be creative.

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Improv Comic and Funny Woman Kayla Barr

We’ve met a lot of people shooting editorials for iLHP. We’ve had hockey players, actressesrockstars, and even Harvard doctors. Now, we can add improv comic to our illustrious list of models. Meet Kayla Barr. A beautiful brunette based out of New York and Los Angeles, who so happens to remind of Lana Del Rey and can probably bright anyone’s day with her smile and charisma.

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Processed in Lightroom with the “Holga Warm Side Leaks” preset, available here.

We took our plastic Holga lens around Venice Beach earlier this year, chatted, and got to know Kayla a little bit more. Here is what she had to say.

iLHP: Hi Kayla, thank you for taking the time to speak with us! Could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

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