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How To Be More Creative

September 28, 2020 | Leave a Comment |

In this conversation with Understand Photography‘s Peggy Farren …

You can enjoy listening to many of my thoughts on creativity.

Try my suggestions and I guarantee you’ll start being more creative.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

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My wife and business partner Arduina’s enthusiasm is intoxicating.

So I asked her to share a little of it with you.

Here are her 9 Ways To Bring More Joy To Your Photography.

1. PLAY!

Give yourself the gift of playtime. Try new things without judgement. Make a portrait of your neighbor, or your neighbors peacocks. Make a self portrait holding your most prized possession. Arrange a still life from your junk drawer. Try abstraction. Go underwater or book yourself a hot air ballon and try areal photography. Ask a friend to drive you around. My husband will sweetly slow the car down to help me make an image of a fox in a field or a goat on the roof of a shed. Try motion blur, long exposers  or double exposures. Shoot with different lenses and cameras; try a 400mm lens with a doubler or a macro; play with plastic lenses or a Holga; or use a scanner as your camera. In order to get the most joy from playtime all you have to do you have to make time for play. I think of it as a healthy form of self care – if you can spend an hour on a treadmill you can spare a few minutes to photograph your favorite tree.

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2. Experience A Different Time Of Day

Be amazed by magic light! Drag your sleepy head out of bed and watch as the dawn moves across your windows or play in the dappled light under a canopy of trees at mid day.

3. See What Your Eyes Can’t

Get yourself  a tripod and shoot after dark. You could even use an intervalometer  to make a time-lapse of yourself while you sleep and you may solve the mystery of who has been stealing the covers.

4. Explore

Wander about and  catch yourself in a smile. Notice what you notice and make a record of what resonates. Photographer Keith Carter says, “Time spent in reconnoissance is never time wasted.”  Time enjoyed is never wasted, whether you make a picture right then or return later with a wagon full of birdcages and clocks.

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5. Be Inspired By Your Favorite Song Writer Or Poet

Pay homage to the song that got you through a bad break up or spend some time with  Mary Oliver as she tirelessly guides you through the natural world.

6. Put Yourself In Someone Else’s Shoes

Try on a different point of view. Find happiness in shooting a scene while lying on your belly or standing on your tippy toes with your arms stretched up overhead. Any advice involving shoes makes me happy …

7. Lighten Up

Ditch your inner critic. Just because Edward Weston made an Iconic picture of a bell pepper doesn’t mean that you can never photograph a pepper. Just make pictures. In fact the one most people think of is entitled “Pepper No. 30”  but he must have had an amazing time playing with creepy pepper #14.

8. Learn To Composite

So what if that cloud was in San Francisco and that ocean is in Maine ? Perhaps they would like to meet in a photograph?

9. Make A Print

Hold the joy you have experienced in your hands! Put it on your wall. Glue it in a book. Or mail it to your mother-in-law to thank her for loving you. I make my prints on an Epson printer – and I am deeply in love with that part of my process – but a print in any form (Cibachrome, cyanotype, or collodion) anything with three-dimensions is joyful to me!

View Ardie’s photographs on Instagram.

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Inquire about one-on-one online training here.

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“The ideas discussed in this video series are adapted from Corita Kent and Jan Steward’s book, “Learning by Heart: Teaching to Free the Creative Spirit.””

Find more from Austin Kleon here.

Find more creativity resources on my website here.

Hosted first on Instagram, Ali Rajabi and I sat down and talked about my favorite subject … creativity.

I hope it inspires you to create!

Find out more about Hasselblad Master Ali Rajabi here.

 

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on listening and hearing.

“Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.” – Evelyn Glennie

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.” ― G. K. Chesterton

“Looking but not seeing is the hearing but not understanding of the eye.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” ― Diogenes Laertius

“Listen thrice. Think twice. Speak once.” – Anonymous

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

“It takes a great man to be a good listener.” ― Calvin Coolidge

“The art of conversation lies in listening” ― Malcolm Forbes

“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” ― William Hazlit

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’.” ― Alfred Brendel

“Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet.” Krista Tippett

“You can’t fake listening. It shows.” ― Raquel Welch

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ― Stephen R. Covey

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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