15 tips on how to develop creativity
Photographs are becoming more “smart”, more and more perfect and more and more accessible. How did this saying sound from the students of the Moscow State University Journal in the 70s? “Give me Nikon and I will turn the world upside down?” And here he is, Nikon – but will the world turn upside down? Compared to the 70s, yes, but it’s not about Nikon.
In a word, professional, master equipment is not always equal to professional, masterful photos. What you need to go ahead and develop as a photographer? To continue to create, faced with the creative block? To highlight your photos of the billions taken per year? In the end, to find your niche and attract customers? That’s right, creative.
For those who need to shake things up, return inspiration and look at their work from a new angle – 15 tips on how to develop creativity.
1. Forget the rules.
Forget about what makes up the genre, about the rules of composition, about color theory and the like. Imagine that there is no “but”, “no”, “but what about”. Imagine that everything is possible. And there are no such ideas or topics that are not considered or discussed. Risk to go beyond the limits, at least mentally.
2. Set borders and borders
This may seem to contradict the first paragraph. But in fact, the greater the boundaries, the more opportunities for creativity. Constraints force us to take a fresh look at the situation and invent new ways to achieve the desired result.
Come up with your own framework. For example, for a whole month use only one lens and only fix. Or take only black and white photos. Or work only with a vertical orientation.
This method is especially useful if it immediately causes internal protest and resistance. Do not give in to this feeling and be persistent: creative will follow.
3. Less equipment – more creativity.
It would seem that the more opportunities, the richer the choice, the more varied the result. But in fact, if you have a separate “ideal” lens for each scene and five different “ideal” cameras for any occasion, there is no place to develop. As there is no scope for creativity.
This does not mean that you need to throw out most of the equipment or use only the old “soap box”. This means – see clause 2. Artificially limiting the available options, at least for a while, you will free up space for creativity.
4. Trust yourself
If the inner voice says that you need to take a picture – do it. This advice can often be heard from street photographers, where the “crucial moment” is the cornerstone. But the same applies to any genre and any form of photography. If you feel that you need to shoot – shoot. Even if you have to pull the camera from the bottom of the bag. Even if it seems that you can not shoot. Even if you tell yourself that you can make this photo later.
“Then” usually does not occur. Photos are frozen moments; moments that are not repeated. There will not be the same scene, the same light, the same mood. Take off.
5. Do not forget about physical activity.
Sports, or even light physical activity will help develop creativity, especially if you have a sedentary job. Walk, run, ride a bike – everything your heart desires.
First, it will give the brain a rest, and then you will begin the task with fresh forces. Secondly, photo walking will allow you to see new places, new characters for shooting.
Thirdly, researchers from Stanford University have shown that the physical process of walking itself increases creativity – by an average of 60%, and this effect continues for some time after you stop.
6. Visit new places
One of the secrets of creativity is diversity. Walking, go new routes to new places. Travel to new cities and countries. Novelty gives impetus to creativity.
7. Surround yourself with creative people.
Creativity is a contagious thing. In addition, communication will give a new look at things, will allow to voice, discuss and develop emerging ideas. And if you manage to work together with an experienced photographer, all the better.
8. Tell stories
Everyone has their own stories. Tell me about it. It trains imaginative and creative thinking. Try to make both you and your interlocutor mentally see what you are talking about. Visualization is an important aspect for the development of imagination. And we are talking not only about the image, but also about the sounds, smells, tastes, sensations. Try to convey all this in your story and in your pictures.
9. Be curious
Learning something new kindles a creative spark and enhances imagination. Why do children have such a rich fantasy? Because they are curious and open to everything new.
Ask questions, study and try something unfamiliar, expand the sphere of your interests, look for something to which your soul will be drawn. Because the fuel for creativity is passion.
10. Change and change