The Art of Seeing: Cultivating Creativity in Photography

The Art of Seeing: Cultivating Creativity in Photography

Finding Your Creative Spark

Let's start with something Rick Rubin once said: "As an artist, if you like it that's  all of the value. The success comes when you as an artist can go 'I love this enough for other people to see it'."

Photography, like any art, is about connecting with that creative energy all around us. Whether you're writing, taking pictures, or coding, it's about bringing something into existence that wasn't there before, and doing it in a way that is uniquely us. To get to this place is a constant battle for even seasoned creators. The more you work at finding that creative headspace, the better you are of recognizing when you're there.

Tips for the Being a Creative Photographer

If you're starting out in photography, or any creative field, here are a few simple truths that could make your journey smoother:

1. Keep Your Dreams Flexible

It's hard to plan ten years ahead, especially as a creative. What about six months or a year? That's doable. Set short-term goals and check in with yourself regularly. Imagine your future self. Are you happier? Are you staying true to your course? Be OK with course corrections along the way. I've changed my style and approach to photography many times throughout different periods of my life.

2. There's Always a Fist Step

Remember, every pro was once a beginner. Feeling fear and anxiety is normal, but let curiosity lead the way. When you pick up a camera and all those buttons and settings baffle you, take it as a challenge. Hop on your phone, do a little research, and play around. You probably won't break it. Each question answered is another skill learned, so start asking them.

3. Time Is on Your Side

We can find as much or as little time as we want to give to the things we love. Know where you're at and what you're capable of giving. Some periods of life may be more difficult than others, but whatever time you can give to your creative passions, give every moment you can.

4. A Break Can Be a Creative Boost

It may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes the best thing you can do for your art is to take a break. When you're not in the right headspace, step back. Let yourself and your work evolve. The next version of yourself may be what allows you to break through creative ceilings.

5. Express You

You can't truly create until you know you. Spend time finding how you create. What gives you that spark? What diminishes it? Whether you produce one insanely crafted piece every few years or you're a machine pumping out one a day, do it your way. There's no one-size-fits-all in creativity. What matters is that you're making something that feels right to you.

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