Friday, March 16, 2012
A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to improve my photography. I had a good starter camera, but I was frustrated at the snap-shot look of my photos, the lack of sharp focus, and my inability to know and understand all the buttons and settings on my camera. So I worked at learning the technical aspect of photography: I read the manual to my camera, I learned about aperture, ISO, shutter speed, exposure - pulling it all together to be able to shoot in manual mode. As I improved technically, I still wasn't satisfied with what I saw in my images. Enter Tracey Clark and her "Picture" series of courses on Big Picture Classes. Through those courses with their simple daily email prompts, my ability to "see" the world around me changed drastically.
My original intent when I set out those few years ago, was to learn and improve the technical aspects of my photography. And yes, through daily practice those aspects did improve, but an unexpected, delightful change also occurred....my ability to think and act creatively improved. The ideas, thoughts and ways of seeing a photo now come easier. How to shoot to convey an emotion or connection is becoming second nature. But if you would have told me that I could practice my creativity when I started this journey, I would have thought you were crazy. Creativity to me, at that time, was a spontaneous action, not something to be "practiced." But I am a living testament that yes, you can practice being creative and you can get better at it! Of course, I still have days where the thoughts and ideas don't flow very easily, but I keep shooting, I keep interacting with my fellow photographers and I keep practicing to make it perfect!
So how do you practice your creativity? Do you spend time each day fueling your creative fire by doing the things you love? I would encourage you to pick up your camera each day, even when you feel less than inspired. And if you haven't ever checked out Tracey Clark's Picture Series courses, do it today. She's starting a new one in April called "Picture Black & White." It's sure to be a wonderful, 60-day journey filled with community, encouragement and creative inspiration!
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