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This issue features HDR techniques and celebrates women in photography.

Sam Abell shares inspiration and insight into photography.

Learn more about Sam Abell here.

View 12 Great Photographs From Great Photographers.

View more in The Essential Collection Of Documentaries On Photographers.

Read more in The Essential Collection Of Quotes By Photographers.

“Chris Orwig brings unique perspective, creativity and passion to all that he does. As a photographer, he subscribes to Marc Riboud’s observation that “Photography is about savoring life at 1/100th of a second.” For Chris the adventure is now, and the journey has already begun — discover, look, listen, learn and live.”

Chris shares that what’s imperfect or broken can be a source of depth, strength, and inspiration.

Find out more about Chris Orwig here.

Find his books Visual Poetry and People Pictures here.

22 Ways To Find Inspiration

January 21, 2011 | 1 Comment |

How do I find inspiration ?

Let me count the ways!
1              Walk in nature

2              Visit a new place

3              Plan a future trip

4              Read

5              Listen to music

6              Watch movies

7              Look at artwork

8              Review my finished images

9              Review my unfinished images

10           Make new images spontaneously

11           List new creative things to try

12           Try something new creatively

13           Sketch ideas

14           Free associate

15           Brainstorm

16           Meditate

17           Yoga

18           Massage

19           Astrology, Numerlogy, and Tarot

20           Daydream

21           Dream

22           Play like / with a child

If one of these doesn’t work, I know I’m wound way too tight.
Then I just need to relax … and try one or more of these again later.

Find more resources on Creativity here.

Learn more in my digital photography workshops.

Find out more about Chris Orwig here.

Find more of my favorite TED videos here.

SCAMPER

April 8, 2010 | Leave a Comment |

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SCAMPER

Having trouble coming up with new ideas? Get thousands of ideas with one word. Try SCAMPER. In 1939 advertising executive Alex Osborn, “the father of brainstorming”, first proposed a set of nine strategies for creative thinking, seven of which were later rearranged by Bob Eberle into the mnemonic SCAMPER.

S   Substitute

C   Combine

A   Adapt

M   Modify

P   Put to Other Uses

E   Eliminate

R   Rearrange

What are the other two missing words?

Minify, which I like to think of as expand and contract or put another way reduce and enlarge.

Reverse, which I think is the most powerful tool of all. It’s typified by the 180 degree rule. Do the opposite.

The underlying assumption with SCAMPER is that new ideas are based on old ones. This may not always be the case, but often it is. To use SCAMPER, you have to start with something.

You can use SCAMPER as a list of questions that can be used to generate new ideas. Simply ask, “Can I ____ something?” inserting the words SCAMPER represents one at a time. Next, you might try using two words at a time. Later try three. Classically, the best solutions are the simplest, but not always.

Find over 20 creativity tips here.

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