I don't want to totally rip off Adam's presentation but I do want to share with you some of his key ideas that I wholeheartedly agree with. This is not the technical stuff of how to take photos, this is finding your vision. One remark that I agree with and often need to be reminded of is that creativity can be learned. It's like a muscle that needs to be exercised or else it will atrophy. Kids are born with creativity, I see it in them every single day. Eventually though the routine of adult life gets in the way. I heard a great quote last night.
The chief enemy of creativity is common sense. - Picasso
One tip that Adam suggested was simply to change up your routine. Drive a different way home from work than you normally would and look for inspiration.
Another tip that has really worked for me is to change your perspective. That means sometimes climbing up high and looking down on something to see it differently, or getting flat on the ground and looking at the world through a "worm's eye view". This is why I always were comfortable shoes and clothing when I go to a photoshoot, even if it's a wedding. As much as I like looking nice, wearing high heels is not really conducive to getting into the positions necessary for truly great photographs.
Another important tip Adam gave is to "be weird and ignore what people might think." That goes along with getting into strange positions for photos. This also includes taking your camera everywhere with you, including lots of public places like restaurants and the grocery store. If you want great pictures, take it EVERYWHERE. Take lots of pictures, even if it's just with your iPhone. Adam said the thing that pushed his development was taking on a 365 project, where you take and share online a photo every single day, whether you feel like it or not.
|I took this with a really old point and shoot camera.|
So now it's your turn. Fill in the blank. "I exercise my creativity muscles by _________"