How to Overcome Photographer’s Block

Today’s Post by Mark Toal with Joe Farace

Just like writers, photographers can suffer creative block. For about a month I just didn’t feel as if I haven’t seen anything new that was worth shooting. I still have a camera with me all the time but have been turning to my iPhone to take photos or, worse, not making them at all.


Then a couple of weeks ago I attended a group photo show here in Portland and was on a panel discussing our photography. I started to think about what excites me when it comes to photography. (Joe wrote about this subject with his post “What Inspires You to Make Photographs?”)

So I went back and looked though some of my favorite photos and one thread of images stood out; I like photographing people who are passionate about what they do. From restoring old trains to building rat rods to cowboys and ranches I love getting to know about their lives and why they are driven to do what they do.


As I went through this process I discovered two things really helped to help me think more creatively and would to share them with you:

  • I stopped reading reviews of camera equipment. It’s so easy to fall into the equipment talk and forget what we really use our cameras for.
  • I turned off the news, both radio and TV and instead played music while driving. Immediately my mind started to thinking about new projects and photos. Don’t worry the world will still be screwed up when you tune back in again.

Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at or

Author: Joe Farace

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