I love Photography, but sometimes, my Creativity is exhausted. So I go to the Internet to look for Inspiration.
Looking for Inspiration from other Photographers is a good thing in my opinion. It is always a good idea to look at Photos someone else took before you go to a location just to check out what is possible there, from where the Light comes at certain times and other such things. Just make sure to always put your own twist on things, and not to rip off the community.
I would have probably never thought of showing Hahnenklee and the local Stabkirche to my friends this past weekend if I had not seen an amazing Photo of it on Instagram the day before. I still made it my own Shot though, by taking a slightly different approach to what I saw on Instagram.
Had I not seen some awesome pictures of the Brockenbahn and the Brocken during a talk at Photokina and on the Internet, I doubt I would have taken the quite long journey to Drei Annen Hohne to catch the very expensive train up the Mountain. But it was definitely worth it.
As I have mentioned before, it is not bad to get your Inspiration from other Photographers. And one of the best ways to do so is to luck up Locations on Instagram and then weed through all the Selfies. Except for when those are your style. Another good way is to do a Google Image search and see what you get.
The beauty of the Internet is that you can find almost anything on there. But you can also ask people about things. For example, if you go to shoot at a location you never visited before, it might be a good idea to ask local Photographers about what conditions to expect, what to bring, what to do and not to do etc. And usually, you will get an answer, if you ask nicely.