The Basics Of Creativity: Where It Comes from and how to Find More

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  By Michael Moodie
The Basics Of Creativity: Where It Comes from and how to Find More

As photographers, we are faced with a challenge in each photography session that is often unsaid or not mentioned. Each session we have to show how creative we can be or how creative we can get, so our images don’t seem dull or if they are going by a playbook. This can often be a hard task especially on those days when your head isn’t really in the game, or you just have a creative block. In this article, I aim to give you a few tips on how you can break past that block you’re having and get your head in the game. Creativity can be very interesting depending on the personality of the creator. It can be either amplified in work or translated through it. Either way, a message can be sent or heard by the viewer. In essence, it’s safe to say that it comes from within and is a very genuine and pure concept because it was not conceived in bad thoughts. Everyone can be considered a creative from the day we became toddlers we always wanted to pull something apart and put it back together or just take a marker or pen and create our art on our parent’s wall.

1. Be Inspired

On my days where I had no Idea as to what I wanted my photography session to look like I turned to different apps on my phone or the internet rather get some inspiration from work done by some of my favourite photographers. Personally, my favourite photographer is the great legend, Jonathan Mannion. To find some inspiration I usually go on his youtube channel or type his name in on google to see a few images of his work. Of course, I never try to mimic what he’s done. However, I try to see if it’s possible for me to do something that might look just a tad bit better or close to his quality of work. If you don’t personally have a favourite photographer, then feel free to type in some keywords on your Pinterest and see what comes up that may encourage you. You’d be surprised to know the smallest things that can trigger a big idea.

2. Perspective

The moment you find yourself getting bored shooting a subject, try to change up how you’re viewing things a bit. Take a moment and step out of your comfort zone to see what can come out of it. I enjoy mostly shooting in a horizontal landscape format because I believe I can get more in my frame, but a few times I figured it couldn’t hurt to try shooting vertical from a low perspective and see what happens. To my surprise some of my favourite shots today happen when I decided to step out of my comfort zone.

3. Make Use of Social Media Platforms

If you’re not already doing this, then you need to start. Social Media platforms like Instagram these days have made it so easy to view and interact with other creatives like yourself or even of a different nature. Nonetheless, these individuals share their work as you, and some enjoy helping other creatives like himself. Take the time out and scroll through some of the work they’ve done and try to add your personal touch to it or even change it around and give it a shot.

4. Get Close

When shooting, try to get a bit closer to your subject and venture a bit into macro photography. This is just another way in how you can be creative and blow the mind of your viewers. Macro photography is essentially a different world than what viewers are used to, not paying attention to the smaller things in the frame. By tradition, Macro Photography is often associated with taking pictures of your basic flower. Resist this urge as there already millions of floral photos already out there so you should be a bit different and get into those small corners and enter a different world.

5. Don’t Try To Be Perfect

Don’t try to be perfect with every shot you take because you’ll spend the whole day unsatisfied with what you’ve taken so far. Perfectionism can be both a good and bad force at the same time and often blind you from other possibilities that are open. Perfectionism is very easy to get dragged into and can be hard to get out, but then you need to remember that not even man himself is perfect so why do you expect yourself to be. Excelling and being great in what you do is not equal or the same as being perfect because what you do is unique and not the same as another person.

I hope this article helped to give you some perspective on how you can become creative in different ways and how to connect with your creativity. It’s been a pleasure, until next time, thank you for stopping by.

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Michael Moodie is a Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. He Enjoys Lifestyle Photography and Traveling while doing all things creative!

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