Cultivating a creative mindset
Five tips for cultivating a creative mindset as a photographer.
As a photographer, I'm always striving to stay inspired and motivated. To maintain a creative mindset, I've developed a few tips and tricks that work for me. Here are my top five:
1. Practice mindfulness
As a self-proclaimed scatterbrain, practicing mindfulness has been a game-changer for me. When I'm mindful, I'm able to slow down and appreciate the little things around me. For example, I might notice the way the light hits a flower petal or the texture of an old brick wall. These details often end up becoming the focal point of my photos, and help me tell a richer and more nuanced story. Plus, practicing mindfulness is a great excuse to take a few deep breaths and slow down in a world that's constantly rushing by.
2. Experiment with new techniques
One of the best parts of photography is that there's always something new to learn. Whether it's a new editing technique or a different style of shooting, experimenting with new techniques keeps my work fresh and exciting. Of course, not every experiment will be a success - I've definitely had my fair share of blurry, over- or underexposed shots - but that's part of the fun. Trying something new often leads to unexpected and delightful results, and even when it doesn't, it's a great opportunity to learn and grow.
3. Look for inspiration everywhere
As a photographer, I've learned that inspiration can come from anywhere - if you're open to it. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of scenery to spark my creativity. I love exploring new neighborhoods, taking road trips, and even just wandering around my own city with fresh eyes. I also find inspiration in other forms of art, such as music or literature. Whenever I feel stuck, I try to remind myself that there's beauty and inspiration all around me - I just need to keep my eyes open.
4. Connect with other photographers
Photography can be a solitary pursuit, but connecting with other photographers has been invaluable for me. Not only do I learn from their perspectives and experiences, but I also get the sense of community and support that's essential for staying motivated. Whether it's through online forums or in-person meetups, connecting with other photographers has helped me grow both as an artist and as a person. Plus, it's a great excuse to hang out and swap editing tips.
5. Embrace the power of a good break
Last but not least, I've come to realize that taking breaks is crucial for my creative process. Whether it's a short walk outside or a weekend getaway, stepping away from my camera and taking time for myself helps me recharge and come back with a fresh perspective. I used to feel guilty for taking breaks, thinking that every moment not spent behind the lens was a wasted opportunity. But now, I understand that a good break is not only necessary, but can actually be beneficial for my photography. Sometimes, the best way to come up with new ideas is to step away from the constant pressure to produce and just enjoy the world around us. So go ahead, take that nap, read that book, or binge-watch that show guilt-free. Your creativity will thank you.
To sum up the points made above, maintaining a creative mindset as a photographer requires a mix of practices and techniques, from mindfulness and experimentation to seeking out inspiration and connecting with other photographers. By staying open to new experiences and ideas, and allowing ourselves time to rest and recharge, we can continue to create meaningful and impactful images.
At least that’s how it works for me. How about you?
That’s it for this newsletter, but not before I once again remind you of this fantastic book on creativity by Sean Tucker; The Meaning in the Making. It is stuffed with stories and great tips for all creators, whether you’re a photographer, musician, painter and so on. If you buy this book with this link to Amazon, I will get a small affiliate fee, with which you can support this newsletter. And the best part; this doesn’t cost you anything extra. Thank you.
Till next time,
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Breaks have become essential in my creative process!
Excellent points. I’ve been really leaning into mindfulness lately and it has been great for my work. Thanks!