View Full Version : Seeing Creatively - When It Happens/When It Doesn't & Why?

08-04-2013, 01:19 AM
When I'm out and about in and around the city, or of course anywhere else. I notice so many instances/scenes that would make great photos. This is usually when I'm WITHOUT my camera. When I've got my gear with me, "this" doesn't happen ( not merely as much)
What's going on here?
Is creativity a phantom, a jinn, or genie that evades human control?

08-04-2013, 06:46 AM
I can relate...maybe we're trying to hard???

08-04-2013, 07:10 AM
The camera's a distraction, it's easy to worry about the technical issues and stop seeing what's around you. Sometimes I find myself missing the really obvious because my vision is impaired by the camera clamped to my face ;-)

Worker 11811
08-04-2013, 08:27 AM
Get a cheap-ass point and shoot digital camera and carry it with you at all times when you don't have a real camera.
Throw it in the glove compartment of your car, keep it in your knapsack or your coat pocket. If you have an iPhone, use that.

Whenever the creative spirit hits you, snap a digipic. When you get home, download the pictures and look at them. When you see them on the screen, decide if they are really what you wanted. If they are, pick an appropriate day and time to go back and shoot with a real camera.

Back in the day, lots of pros and serious amateurs carried instamatics, Polaroids or single-use, disposable cameras to do the same thing. Now you can do the same thing with a digicam.

Nobody said digicams weren't good for anything. Just not for serious pictures.

Gerald C Koch
08-04-2013, 09:01 AM
I would actually go out without a camera but with a notebook to take notes of possible photos. I record a detailed description of the site and position of the camera, time of day, lighting, etc. Later I would revisit a site and take the pictures. As mentioned above you can really focus your creativity when you are not mentally weighed down by the camera.

08-04-2013, 09:23 AM
Welcome to the wonderful World of photography.:)

08-05-2013, 12:03 AM
I suppose when one consciously knows their camera is at hand, they're unconsciously not as free as they are when without.