using a substances usually hinders creativity because it
becomes a crutch, and afterwards, the work was not much better than without it ...
the best way to spur creativity is to keep working,
keep photographing ( even without film in the camera )
keep printing .. eventually you will find yourself
and find a way you like to translate what is on the film
onto the paper.
and not forgetting to have fun, usually helps too ...
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I constantly Am conscious of what's going on and how I see the world to realize it's how my clients and prospective clients see it.
My vision may be not the same as yours but I try to make it the same as my clients. I believe a photographer has to have a good understanding of the basics of photographing people. If you don't understand or care about the basics then what do you rely on? Doin' your own thing? Or using a camera like a machine gun, I take lots maybe get a few they will like.
I'm not so educated/opinionated as to think my view is correct or the only view. Beauty can be realized with different lenses, films, developers, papers as well as eyes and relationship between client & photographer.
To spure creativity I open myself up to the world. Some don't like my results. I could care less long as clients like what I do.
Advice - or What Do I Do?
Plenty of advice up there.
What do I actually do?
1). Attend a weekend workshop or course that is of interest.
2). Without any deadlines, set myself a project that could be turned into a series on my wall, a Blurb book or even an exhibition (although I'm too lazy for that). The benefit of this approach is that not every shot has to be a "winner" in a stand-alone sense. As long as it contributes to the whole, then it's OK.
You think too much. Have a drink and load up your camera.
[ Insert meaningless camera listing here ]
Cheers You said it in a small sentence...
Originally Posted by dehk
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I find that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Take a break from photography for however long you need and come back to it with fresh eyes and a fresh enthusiasm.
I also find this song helps me when I feel down on creativity (the quote in my signature is from it, I think its a great song for anyone with a creative inclination)
Camera clubs are often maligned, and sometimes with good reason. However, I find mine to be stimulating. Its contests with assigned subjects force me into broadening my vision. Similar contests in online forums should do the same. Friendly competition encourages us to do our best.
Revisit a favorite subject but with a different lens or format.
Some great ideas!!! Thanks for your input. John thanks for the link to the other thread too...
I love to photograph people but am reluctant to ask people on the street, maybe I should force myself to ask more people in a restful way, if I can take their photograph.