Hey Folks…how you doing?
Ok so today I want to touch on the subject of getting rid of frustration, becoming inspired, generating photo shoots and adding to your portfolio…Phew! Sounds like quite a task? Well let me explain what I mean…
With the internet, magazines, books, seminars and workshops these days we don’t have to look far to find a wealth of information available to help continually develop our Photography & Photoshop techniques.
Now this might sound a bit crazy but I don’t think that learning the techniques is the hard part. What? You might be thinking. Well hear me out, because you see I think I learning the techniques is one thing but the real skill is knowing when to apply them.
Every picture is different and so every picture is going to require the ‘artist’ to recognise what techniques need to be applied to create exactly the mood and feel that he/she wants; does that make sense?
Now here’s the thing…
We can learn techniques and by constant practice, practice and more practice the skill of knowing when to use those techniques will come BUT what if you find yourself with nothing to shoot what are you going to practice on?
Well, just as we are surrounded by an unlimited wealth of knowledge, we’re also surrounded by an unlimited wealth of inspiration. Sure we can look through magazines and we can look through portfolios of those who’s work we admire for inspiration but that’s not what I’m talking about here; what I’m talking about is finding inspiration from the Movies and TV programmes.
Every day I’ll take a few minutes out to visit the Apple Movie Trailers website. I’ll watch previews of past and present movies and within minutes my head is literally buzzing with ideas. You see that’s what I think is one of the hardest things of all…Coming up with ideas or rather a ‘theme’ for a shoot.
I tell you, if you’re going through a bit of a stage where you’re feeling frustrated, desperate to get out and shoot but with nothing in place, watch a few movie trailers and in no time at all you’ll find your creative side jump into life…and then comes the fun part 🙂
Set a date for a shoot, find a model, go to charity shops and use ebay to find props and go for it! Can’t find a model? Well I’ve spoken about this before…it’s amazing how giving someone a theme and character to play can change how they appear in front of the camera because they’re not being themselves but rather they’re playing the part of someone else; my best Buddy Dave Clayton is living proof of this…
Working on a Personal Project outside of a client shoot, by thinking about the theme, the location and the props is incredibly motivating…not to mention a great way to add to your portfolio.
So, this weekend why not head out to the movies and if you can’t do that hire a movie, TV Programme, visit the Apple Movie Trailer website, YouTube, look at Movie Posters online and then put a date in the diary and start working towards a Personal themed project shoot by sourcing props, clothing etc…
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days,
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