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When I was first getting to grips with photography I tried all the usual shots of photographing smoke, drips, light paint etc. At the time I thought it was creative but now, when I see it done 100,000 times over it doesn't seem so creative. Perhaps I'm blurring the line between creative and original?
For me I think an image can be creative based on a number of factors - a good portrait which is well lit and offers interest could be considered creative. Take smoke art, is this creative? There are lots of example of this on the web, many of which are tagged as creative, so perhaps not original but is it still creative? To answer my own question I would say it is creative if there has been thought applied to the location, composition etc to make it interesting.
So for me creative is about giving a shot some thought to 'create' an image which people will want to look at; it's about seeing the hint of light that others might miss, not just shooting a car side on but looking for a different angle or some detail that would instantly be associated with it. Sometimes it's about breaking the rules, letting a highlight blow out if it doesn't add to the image or having your subject in the centre of the frame because its adds impact to what you are trying to show....
I'm not trying to suggest any right or wrong, or take away from some of the great shots people take. But for me creative means more than drips, spinning wool and light painting.
I thought this subject could make for an interesting debate. I don't believe there is any right or wrong to this but it would be interesting to hear people's opinions as to what makes a photo tick the Creative box for them. It's not about pulling other people's opinions apart as they are just that, opinions. It's about explaining what creative means to you.....
Flights and hotel are booked up for a trip over to New York. I’m looking forward to being able to photograph some of the iconic buildings over there. I also want to try and capture something different as New York is probably one of the most photographed cities in the world.
I've been considering only shooting / processing in black and white but I don’t want to miss out on all that amazing colour. I’m now thinking about going for the real detail of the city - close up and abstract images of all the little things that make New York what it is....... Still undecided.
As the title suggests I have just returned from a short break in Rome. The city is steeped with history and really leaves you in awe of the engineering feat that was achieved during ancient times.
After much head scratching I finally settled on taking 1 DSLR body and 3 lenses, the 10-24mm, 50mm f1.4 and my 70-200mm f.2.8.
I have to admit I opted to leave the DSLR and lenses behind for most of our walkabouts due to the 38 degree heat, choosing to carry a small compact camera instead. However I did give the kit an outing for a trip to the Colosseum.
My only regret was not really getting the opportunity for any candid street portraiture which is a style I particually enjoy capturing, but with so much to see there really wasn't too much spare time left during the week.
I had been eagerly anticipating a wedding photography course I booked some months ago with The Trained Eye, and last week the date finally come round.
All in all there were 11 other delegates all at a similar stage with their photography. The 2 days were spent looking at many aspects of wedding photography, from considering style, on location shooting, post-processing, building a business in photography and much more.
The course was very well structured and the delivery was spot on! I cannot recommend The Trained Eye highly enough if you are considering any photography training.
In particular my thanks go to David and Jodie who led the training. Their passion for what they do and encouragement of others was faultless. Have a look at their websites www.davidmcneil.co.uk and www.jodiechapman.com
So...... here it is. First and foremost, welcome to my Blog!
Sometimes I wish I were more of a wordsmith but as I’m sure will become apparent, simply put, I’m not. So why have I started a Blog?
I’m hoping to document my photographic journey, to share it with friends and family, perhaps even encourage new friends along for the ride. I hope that by following my progress (and I’m hopeful there will be some) I can inspire others to pick up a camera and give this a go!
I’ll be blogging all my thoughts about photography as I go, all the things I tie myself in knots about; do I have the right lenses, which edit looks best, what is my style…….
I truly hope that if you have read this far that you’ll stop by again sometime soon.
Welcome to my Blog
I’m hoping to document my photographic journey, to share it with friends and family, perhaps even encourage new friends along for the ride.