A phrase has been running through my head lately.
I heard David duChemin say it during his creativeLIVE seminar, and I don’t remember it verbatim, but it is something like this:
There are no uninteresting subjects, just uninteresting ways to photograph them.
He went on to talk about cats, and how we tend to categorize pictures of cats as uninteresting. There are millions of pictures of cats, why would anyone want to take another picture of a cat? But the only thing that makes a picture of a cat uninteresting is if it is shot in the same way that everyone else did it. If you change your perspective, change your lens, change or editing, or change one of a thousand other things, you can have a truly awesome photograph of just a plain old cat.
I have a habit of avoiding certain subject matter because I think it is boring. I have been planning for a few upcoming sessions, and I keep catching myself saying things like, “We can’t use that location because it’s boring. We can’t use those props because everyone uses them and they’re boring.”
I’m all for thinking outside of the box and pushing myself to be creative, but one way to do that is to try to look at “boring” things differently.
I have been letting my creative muscles get lazy. I need to challenge myself to try to put a new twist on things that seem commonplace or overused before I brush them aside.
Whew. I feel better. Does anyone else need to vent!?
P.S. Do you find yourself falling into this trap? How do you work through it? Let’s share ideas!
P.P.S. How do you need to challenge yourself? It is a new year and the perfect time for reflection. How do you need to step up your photography game?
In the name of free and awesome information, I wanted to share a fantastic photography resource with you all.
CreativeLIVE definitely tops the useful and cheap list. I can’t even tell you how much I heart CreativeLIVE.
Created by Chase Jarvis, creativeLIVE provides the world with a free creative classroom. And thank goodness that Chase is a photographer! I love that so much of their content is photography related.
They wrangle in some of the top photographers in the country and talk shop with them. We are not talking a one hour webinar. We are talking a three to five-day seminar where we get to watch the professional work and listen to him or her talk about every detail of his or her business. It is phenomenal!
I sat in on the Jasmine Star seminar and the David duChemin seminar, and, both times, I walked away with more than I could have even imagined. And it was all FREE*! (I reviewed both of these seminars of my fine art blog, so, if you click the links, you can check that out.)
The next one: Children’s Portrait Photographer Tamara Lackey
Whether you photograph children or not, I promise you that it will be awesome. Take advantage of some of this free stuff, so you can save all of your money for some fun photo gear!
*** If you watch the live broadcast of the seminar, it is totally free. If you want a downloadable copy of the show, that costs some money. It’s $150 for anywhere from 20 to 40 hours of coverage, depending on the event.
And… after you watch the November 19th seminar, let me know what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts about the creativeLIVE experience.