How’s it going?
Thanks for stopping by the blog today; it’s very much appreciated.
Now if you’re a regular reader of my site (and thanks so much if you are) then you’ll know that I’m a BIG believer in having Personal Projects; I think it’s THE most important thing you can do if you’re looking to develop as a Photographer, Retoucher, Artist…
Question is though…What to do for a Personal Project? Well the answer here is anything so long as you’re doing something!
I know that may not sound very helpful but it is what it is. Personal Projects don’t have to be anything amazing; the idea here isn’t necessarily to create something never seen before but rather something that motivates you to pick up your camera and shoot!
Maybe it’s a project to shoot portraits a particular way and in a particular lighting set up; maybe it’s a project based on colour. Having a project no matter how big or small will keep you in a creative frame of mind; you’ll see things that maybe you didn’t see before.
At the moment I have two personal projects that I’m working on; both are completely different but both motivate the heck out of me: Animal Composites and my Invisible Black Background.
I love Compositing in Photoshop and I love Animals so this one for me was a no brainer.
The project here is to create a body of work of approximately 20 pictures of animals BIG or small by the end of 2014 and the great thing here is that it’s something I can work on with my wife. Spending time around animals is something we both love to do so when out taking photographs we go together and the plan at the end of the project is to create a coffee table book of the images.
Mamma: Elephants in the Rain
No such thing as a Free Lunch
A couple of days ago we visited Whipsnade Wildlife Park in the UK; a great day out taking photographs for the project but also a great day spending time together and picnicking.
From the day out, one of the pictures I’m working on next is of a White Rhino walking across the dry African Grasslands searching for food and vultures circling up above but in the distance there will be storm clouds coming meaning…rain!
I’ll keep you posted with the progress…
Of course being at Whipsnade there was so much to photograph that I’ll keep hold of and look to use in other pictures too…
Invisible Black Background
Since teaching my ‘Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background‘ class at Photoshop World in Atlanta I’ve now set myself a project to shoot a complete body of work using this technique and again with the intention of creating a coffee table book of images…
Photographer & Retoucher: Joel Grimes
So that’s what I’m working on at the moment but what about you?
Do you have something you’re focused on creating?
If nor then give yourself a project to work on…something you can create over a period of time and make it a complete body of work rather than pictures that follow a theme, style rather than random images; it’ll be the best thing you ever did!!!