"To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.
~ Georgia O'Keeffe
5 Tips to Inspire Photography Creativity
How this blog post came about. Another photographer at my local camera club asked how am I creative. Photography has given me a voice and a platform. Where, I have been recognized for being creative, different, and innovative through my photographs.
Here are my five tips to encourage your creativity. An infographic of the five tips is available for instant download.
The worksheet for What can I do to Inspire Creativity can help you to find ways to develop your creativity, so you can satisfy your soul.
1 Be an individual, unique, and develop your own style
Being an individual and unique inspires me to be creative. I set the goal to develop my own style. Over time, I learned new photography, art, and post-production techniques that lead to my own personal style.
Due to chronic illnesses, there are times that I cannot keep up with others due to the pain. So, I need to be my own person and be different to stand out. For instance, the advice to take different angles of the subject to get the shot. Sometimes, it is difficult for me to get down closer to the ground. So, find ways that you can adapt to your limitations.
So, I adapt around those limitations. I develop my own unique style. For instance, at a camera club weekend at St Arnaud in Victoria, my feet and ankles became so swollen that it was painful to walk. In order to participate, all I could do was sit in a chair. And yet, one of my images achieved first place at the camera club's A Grade Astro-photography competition in July 2018.
Being unique and adapting to your abilities allows you to tell your story through your eyes and experiences. Your creativity inspires you. And, it takes a hold on you to keep on creating.
What is the story you would like to tell?
2 Learn new techniques
Learning is a continual driving force. Build knowledge about photography and art composition, and camera techniques to give you more options. You can join your local camera club, and attend conventions. Additionally, there are online courses and workshops. membership clubs, and closed Facebook groups to participate in. What takes you out of your comfort zone?
Invest in your learning. Enroll in online and face-to-face courses. Some have fees. The good news is there are many free courses out there too. Learn techniques that are not in your genre too. Especially, the new skills you learn can build and develop your own photography interests.
3 Experiment, and Practice, Practice, Practice
Then, using the new techniques that you have learned. Experiment and find new ways to create something different. The more you experiment and practice new techniques, the more creative you become.
Be innovative and resourceful in your thinking.
And, practice, practice, and keep practicing. Before long, you find yourself innovative. It leads to creating something unique and individual to you that sets you apart.
4 Be Inspired by all types of creatives and creative medians
Find other creatives that inspire your creativity.
You could be interested in:
Anyone that inspires you and exercises your creative thinking. Follow, and be intrigued by their work.
- photography galleries
- art galleries
And, that includes creative medians, like
- TV series
- the story
- the mood
- the lighting
- the aesthetics
to encourage and inspire your vision and creativity.
What will you seek out to inspire photography creativity?
5 Set Your Goals and Projects
Set yourself goals for the short-term and long-term. Where do you want to be in the next 91 days? And, where do you aspire to be in the next 12 months?
Challenge yourself with projects. Projects help to keep you focused on a goal. And, it frees your mind to be creative in thinking up unique ideas that reflect you.
For instance, my project on the You Yangs in Victoria saw a series of four of my images entered in the Australian Photography Magazine. And, I achieved Highly Commended in the Landscape Category 2017. Being recognized inspires you to set new goals and projects and aspire to be an individual and unique.
Take a leap of faith. Explore and express yourself through your photography.
Satisfy Your Soul and Enjoy Your Journey!
What will do you to inspire photography creativity?