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How to be a more creative photographer - part one

How to be a more creative photographer - part one - John Tisbury shares his first 10 tips on how you can become more creative.

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Words and image by John Tisbury.

We are all creative; it can be developed, amplified and honed because we all have the ability to be creative. Some practise it more than others so find it easier. Below are the first ten ideas to help you develop your creativity.

Photo by John Tisbury

One: Believe that you are creative

Everyone has the potential to be creative, the difference is that some actually believe it. Pay attention to self–commentary, "I'm just not creative." Years of this, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Two: Do new things - create stimulus opportunities

Is this you? Do you do the same things every day? Take the same route to work, read the same newspaper and listen to the same radio station? You rarely go out of your way to try new things, meet new people or go to new places?

Three: Break habits

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Our own habits often keep us from being more creative, the more you follow a set pattern the less opportunities you have to improvise. You are responsible for your own experience.

Four: Make time to be creative

Grow your creativity; sleep on ideas, take time out from work, home or your busy schedule to allow yourself to be creative.

Five: Create the right environment

Quiet, noisy, busy, peaceful, find out what works best for you to stimulate ideas and your imagination.

Six: Stretch your comfort zone regularly

Do this regularly and deliberately. Push your limits and your personal development.

Photo by John Tisbury

Seven: Observe what's around you

Look at marketing campaigns, other photographers or models work, buy magazines on high fashion or house and gardens or similar high end magazines to stimulate your thoughts and ideas.

Eight: Experiment

Try new photographic techniques, if you do glamour mostly, try some still life; read up about it, research it. There’s many ideas that come from cross-pollination.

Nine: Have an open mind

Don’t dismiss things or think negatively, it’s self-defeating and infectious. Surround yourself with positive people, distance yourself from negative people.

Ten: Learn from Failures

Why did it fail, what aspects did work, why did they work. What could be improved, adapted, changed to make it better? Wrong is a step closer towards the right.

See the next ten tips from John Tisbury here.

For more information on John's work, books and photographic tuition visit his website: John Tisbury.

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