Photographic creativity is in the eye of the beholder. Consider:
- Internally, your own perceptions govern what is creative relative to usual your personal working style, even if others might not see it that way;
- Externally, the ability to stimulate or interest other persons with a fresh new approach is creative, but beware of using the same trick too often.
Let us take a broad view of creativity as being any new way of looking at your photographic challenges, either in composition or technique or subject matter, or anything that veers away from the usual. Examples of possible deviations from the usual include:
- Breaking the rules: more blur, less depth of field, different perspective, oddball lighting, unusual composition, novel lighting, etc;
- Shooting subject matter you’ve never shot before;
- Shooting mundane subject matter in some new way;
- Shooting in weather that you’d normally dismiss as “non photographic”;
- Capturing humdrum scenes in a way that transcends the ordinary or captures the essence not seen because it is always seen;
- Using a new format, e.g., a medium format camera or a panoramic camera instead of a DSLR. Or a point-and-shoot or phone instead of a high-res DSLR;
- Using a new lens distinctly different in its properties from others you’ve used before.
- Multiple exposures, motion blur, HDR, deliberately “bad” exposures, etc.
- Making images in places you’ve never made them before to capture things you’d normally never record (some caution is advised in places like restrooms!);
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