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How to be a more creative photographer - part two

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

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Words and images 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 10 more ideas to help you develop your creativity.

Image by John Tisbury

Eleven: Be collaborative with creative people

Creativity is infectious; surround yourself with like minded people

Twelve: Make things fun

Shoot should be relaxed and fun, put on music, make time for chat, inspiration and ideas come from a fun and stress free environment

Thirteen: Find a mentor

Find someone you admire and/or is good at what they do, whatever their chosen field.

Fourteen: Be reflective

What’s working well with your photography, what needs improving? What’s working well with other people’s photography, what needs improving?

Fifteen: Self-development

Study not only the things you like, challenge yourself to discover things about subjects you don’t want to photography. I hate weddings, so go learn about weddings, it’s surprising what tips, hints and ideas you pick up.

Sixteen: Don't follow the rules

Tear down the often arbitrary rules that others impose, such as don’t chop off tops of people’s heads, the rule of thirds, set the white balance to the light source.

Seventeen: Find a new prop every week

Car boot sales are the king of props! Very soon you’ll be doing your own car boot sale to sell back all the props you’ve used.

Eighteen: Impose a self-limit or theme

Set yourself a theme or limit. Walk 5 steps and shoot a single frame, walk another 5 steps, shoot another frame and so on. Look for a chosen colour and shoot it wherever you see it, choose a shape and shoot it.

Nineteen: Write things down

Carry a notepad and pen or something to capture your thoughts and ideas. I use the notes facility on my mobile phone and then email them to myself from my phone to pick up at home later.

Twenty: Start a scrapbook

Create an ideas file, either electronically or on paper. Review it regularly and combine ideas, styles and themes to evolve new ones. My own strap-line is ‘Innovate don’t imitate’.
Adopt at least two or three of the ideas listed above and put them into practise, then adopt a couple more and so on until they become habits.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after growing up." - Pablo Picasso

"Innovate don’t imitate." - John Tisbury

See the first 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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