Have you ever been in a rut with your photography? How about life in general?These are questions any photographer or person living has faced before.

Photographer Zack Arias posted a guest video blog on ScottKelby.com about these questions. It is a very powerful and personal video about his struggle with trying to stay fresh and motivated with his work. I think any person who is serious about their photography should watch.

So you have a DSLR, more than likely it came with a kit lens, probably something like a 3.5 – 5.6 18 to 70mm zoom lens. Now you are ready to go hunting and take those award winning pictures. But for some reason, your pictures don’t look as great as you would like. What went wrong? It is your lens.

Gary Voth wrote a very good article on his blog Gary Voth Photography about the forgotten 50mm lens. Back in the days of film the kit lens that came with your new camera was the 50mm. In the article Gary explains why the kit zoom lens are not ideal for people who bought their DSLR to take pictures of their kids. Gary’s article is not just for beginners but also for the seasoned amateur who just need a refresher or a reason to buy a new lens.

“Beyond their sometimes dubious optical performance, my major criticism of these lenses is their slow speed. Many of the world’s most evocative and best known images were made under natural light with fast lenses and film. Creating such images is nearly impossible with “slow” zoom lenses, which are harder to focus and inadequate for use indoors without flash.”

Why You Should Ditch That Zoom for a Classic 50mm “Normal” Lens via [Vothphoto.com]

ZoeyCan you take great portraits like the celebrity photographers? You probably don’t have a fancy camera, ring lighting, $3,000 worth of soft boxes or your own studio. But even with a $150 point and shoot camera you can take great wall hanging portraits with the help of Darren Rouse from the Digital Photography School.

The Digital Photography School, (DPS), has 10 great tips on how to improve your portraits. Writer Derren Rouse explains why thinking outside of box will give you the wow factor in your portraits. He suggests changing your prospective, eye contact, composition and many more.

“Most portraits are taken with the camera at (or around) the eye level of the subject. While this is good common sense – completely changing the angle that you shoot from can give your portrait a real WOW factor.”

10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits [via Digital Photography School]

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Ultimately I want to help “close the creative gap” for myself and others. The creative gap is what you want your work to be and what it really is. This can be writing, video, audio, drawing, photography or whatever. And I hope to close the gap of what I want my pictures to look like at what they really are. This blog along with the vast amount of information out there will help but ultiately it is about getting off our butts and taking pictures.