Creativity is an ingredient that is essential to making Photography appealing and thee facto that makes pictures worth a thousand words. The general idea is that creativity is something that we are born with, it cannot be taught. I think the opposite. Creativity can indeed be taught, and there are scientific studies that suggest it. I can only hope that with this article ican help you to unlock some of the creativity in photography, and make your photographs more unique, creative, and stand out from the crowd.
Being a creative photographer takes time. It takes practice, it takes learning, and takes more than just pointing and shooting.Great photographers are not born with a camera in their hand; the secret ingredient is an out-of-the-box thinking. New angles, fresh ideas, are what fuel the creative juices within a novice photographer and giving them the cutting edge that they need. Letting go of the confines of convention and stepping into new unexplored arenas is worth the risk in creating inspiring and refreshing photography; as Picasso said: “The chief enemy of creativity is common sense.” Undoubtedly, the tried and tested ways of logic and common sense make it comfortable and safe, but it is creativity which adds the vibrancy, giving a fresh breather to senses
There’s no hard and fast ruleto achieve creative photography nor are there strict guidelines and steps to think out of the box. But one thing’s for sure, those who create some of the most creative photos in the world, cherish a great passion for photography itself and this is what acts as the driving factor behind a successful photographer.
To start with, it is important that your photography is centered on your subject. You need to be a subject-matter expert, be it birds or people or cars or waterfalls! The tip is to learn all there is to know about the subjects before pick up a camera. Always photograph your subject as if it is the only way it will be remembered throughout all time. Every photographer needs to have an edge. For me, my most important edge is being able to approach subjects and situations with creativity. Sure, understanding of equipments is necessary, and having an eye for exposure, color, and composition helps, but without my creative edge I’d just be another photographer in the crowd. . For a view on the perspective, refer to my photography below.
While doing photography do not aim for ‘better’, in fact aim for ‘Different’. It’s quite funny how “better” is compared with “different”. When I do photography I aim for different; aiming for ‘better’ usually means you’re walking in the footsteps of someone else. There will often be someone better than you, someone making those footsteps you’re following… But if you target being different–thinking in new ways, creating new things–then you are blazing your own trail. And in blazing your own trail, making your own footprints, you are far more likely to find yourself being ‘better’ without even trying. Better becomes easy because it’s really just different. You can’t stand out from the crowd by just being better. You have to be different. The concept of using ‘Umbrella’ as a creative prop, is an example of how the usage of a routine item can be recreated in wedding shoots. Now this is what makes my photography different and unique.
As to why photography is my passion, there are a hundred and one reasons, not the least of which is that a photograph has the ability to convey stories to those that view them. . Story telling is at the heart of good photography; accordingly, good photographers need to be able to tell stories with their cameras. A photograph must convey emotion, mood, narrative, ideas and messages in order for the storytelling to be gripping.
Without a profound sense of wonder and imagination, you cannot be the creative photographer you want to be. Curiosity coupled with experimentation will ignite the much-needed spark to alter the mundane reality, giving photography a new gradient. You need to be curious about everything you photograph and then you need to be able to play with that curiosity to see what you can come up with as I did in below photograph. Be limitless when it comes to imagination as it is free of cost and completely boundless!
Lastly, don’t compete on price alone. That is certain death in any creative field. Focus on delivering value and price yourself accordingly. If you deliver great value with your images — better than expected, and better than your competition– and you can illustrate that through any means, then you should be more expensive. And remember that value comes in many forms.
Creativity needs be nurtured just like a new plantation in order for it to grow. To the amateur photographers, I would say that belied and confidence in self is the building block to success. Negative feedback should be taken and reversed, to be moulded as a tool for improvement and consistency. With this food for thought I leave the readers with a motivator to keep an open mind and a wear a creative lens, follow their instincts and CLICK! Happy Clicking!Published in The Nation newspaper on 02-Mar-2014