Happy New Year everyone!
As the New Year rolls in I don't think I am alone in wanting to dive deeper into creative projects.
In my last post I talked about wanting to pursue image creation that told a story in 2014; This got me really thinking of what that really entailed. I have been looking at a lot of creative shots on Flickr for inspiration and reminisced about projects I had attempted in the past that were more than just pretty lights, cars and color.
I recently gave a talk in Orlando about the importance of a vision in assisting creativity in photography. In this lecture I also made mention that it is "artistic vision" that help answer both the questions of "How can one stand out when everyone seems to be a photographer these days?" and "What is a professional photographer anyway?" I also talk about the importance of having a creative circle of friends or peers to help the artist deal with things like being creatively overwhelmed, creative block or the inability to progress.
The talk is about creative vision in photography, feel free to listen in here:
Beyond that it was requested by one of the attendees of the local lecture that I walk them through the entire creative process of a shot from concept to creation. I was happy to find in my archives that I had enough material to show how back in 2009 that a creative group of friends and I were able to bring a video game character to life in a project called "Photographs from the Mirrors Edge"
The Mirrors Edge Cosplay Photo breakdown
My top 4 Creative Vision tips:
- Design a vision: Start with a storyboard or description on paper.
- Form a creative circle of friends: The cure for creative block!
- Never give up: Many people give up not knowing how close they were to success. Learn and try again.
- When it comes to gear: Own the vision – rent everything else
Looking for more inspiration?
Eric Curry - Painting with Light: Lighting & Photoshop Techniques
Ric Burns – PBS Ansel Adams Documentary
Ted.com: Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius
Ted.com: J.J. Abrams: The mystery box
Ben Shapiro – Gregory Crewdson Brief Encounters
This movie is on Netflix currently
Benjamin Von Wong - http://www.flickr.com/photos/iintrigue/
Emily Soto - http://www.flickr.com/photos/emsoto/
Kirsty Mitchell - http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirsty841/
Marco Villani - http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcovillani/
Eric Curry - http://www.flickr.com/photos/43349201@N04/
Kim Carrier - http://www.flickr.com/photos/23242298@N05/
Rosie Hardy - http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/
Elena Kalis - http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarock/
LaraJade - http://www.flickr.com/photos/larajade/
anka zhuravleva - http://www.flickr.com/photos/anka_zhuravleva/
An Le - jackbritboy - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvdesign/
Benjamin Bjorn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/benbjorn/
Hannu Huhtamo - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hhuhtamo/
Joel Grimes- http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelgrimesphotography/
Ben Heine - http://www.flickr.com/photos/benheine/
Chris Hutchison - Dark Stars Photography - http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkstarsphoto/
Norbert - Noro8 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/noro8/
Whendell S - http://www.flickr.com/photos/whendelsouz/
Crystal - http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystal-/
Brad Wagner - http://www.flickr.com/photos/iambradical/
Eve North - http://www.flickr.com/photos/evenorth/
David Talley - http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidtalley/
Alexstoddard - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alex-stoddard/
Creative Groups on Flickr
Light Junkies - http://www.flickr.com/groups/lightjunkies/
.:Utterly Surreal:. - http://www.flickr.com/groups/utterlysurreal/
dream or reality? - http://www.flickr.com/groups/dream-or-reality/
Anime Cosplay Photo Magic - http://www.flickr.com/groups/undyingmagiccosplay/
Dramatic Portraits - http://www.flickr.com/groups/dramatic-portraits/
d r e a m s c a p e s - http://www.flickr.com/groups/dreamscapes/
I hope you find some inspiration in all of this and have a wonderfully creative start to 2014!