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clicknimagine Plus
10 723 101 India
27 Mar 2020 4:02PM
Can any one say what is creative photography, people often use this term to refer some images based on an idea which is not new or inventive...i wonder sometime that it may be something different which probably i don't know...
27 Mar 2020 6:56PM
I can only think of photos taken from unusual angles compared with the “norm” - e.g. a photo of a car, but taken from a very low angle.

Many (many..) years ago I won an award for a shot of the Paris Eiffel tower, but taken from standing inside one leg and pointing the camera directly upwards...still somewhat recognisable as the Eiffel tower, but “different” from usual “tourist” shots of the whole thing...
Dave_Canon Plus
14 1.8k United Kingdom
27 Mar 2020 7:01PM
I do not think that there is an easy answer. My club is currently running an International Salon and the Creative section is defined:

"This category means different things to different people and therein lies the appeal for photographers who like to think outside the box. For the purpose of this Salon, there are other labels which cover this genre which include Abstract, Altered Reality, Contemporary, Creative, Surreal. The common thread is that this embraces a very diverse category of images made using an assortment of techniques and with equally varied intentions. "

Creative certainly does not just mean heavy post-processing but does include that. Our Salon entries close on 1st April and there are four other sections as well Cheltenham Salon 2020
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
27 Mar 2020 7:18PM
Creative can mean so many things. Some examples - as I see it - are seeing a juxtaposition where a non-photographer would not see any connection. Seeing a new way to photograph something familiar. Composition and positioning within the frame.
Processing can also mean almost unlimited creativity with the myriad of software programmes available today, but I much prefer the creativity that is created before we get to the screen.
27 Mar 2020 7:21PM
Damn...got me thinking (dangerous concept..).

I still maintain the emphasis is on creative “photography”.

Using software to alter things, colour, swirly shapes, blended images, etc. is a separate skill, don’t get me wrong, the final image(s) thus created can be very attractive, but are separate from the “photography” bit...it’s become ‘creative editing/processing”.

I’m probably wrong...Smile

SlowSong Plus
12 9.3k 30 England
27 Mar 2020 7:30PM
If you're looking for examples of creative photography, may i direct you to the portfolio of epz photographer, littleflea. Unique storytelling.
clicknimagine Plus
10 723 101 India
27 Mar 2020 7:33PM
Chris if i am not wrong, it is painterly macro images...
SlowSong Plus
12 9.3k 30 England
27 Mar 2020 7:35PM

Quote:Chris if i am not wrong, it is painterly macro images...

Correct, with a human touch. All so beautiful and unique.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
28 Mar 2020 11:08PM

Quote:Creative certainly does not just mean heavy post-processing but does include that. Our Salon entries close on 1st April and there are four other sections as well Cheltenham Salon 2020

Thanks for your Salon link - I'm going to enjoy looking through the images at my leisure.
lynbel 13 4 England
30 Mar 2020 3:00PM
To me so called creative photography is not photography at all, its Graphics, and should not be judges in Photo Competitions.
30 Mar 2020 5:29PM
Thank you for posting the link to your 'Salon' Dave - it gave me a very enjoyable afternoon and a real nudge to try to do more in that area. One of my favourite 'Creative Photographers' is Maggie Taylor, although it is quite difficult to find her stuff as she has been copied so much, I think, if you are interested, then the search is well worth while as the photography and the imagination is, for me, quite amazing. I watched a live video of her a few years back and the work that she puts into each image is extraordinary, collecting objects to be photographed and planning each step in the finished image. Sorry for my 'going on' but it is an area which I have loved for a good few years and, I think, very undervalued.
Dave_Canon Plus
14 1.8k United Kingdom
30 Mar 2020 8:37PM

Quote:Thank you for posting the link to your 'Salon' Dave - it gave me a very enjoyable afternoon and a real nudge to try to do more in that area. One of my favourite 'Creative Photographers' is Maggie Taylor, although it is quite difficult to find her stuff as she has been copied so much, I think, if you are interested, then the search is well worth while as the photography and the imagination is, for me, quite amazing. I watched a live video of her a few years back and the work that she puts into each image is extraordinary, collecting objects to be photographed and planning each step in the finished image. Sorry for my 'going on' but it is an area which I have loved for a good few years and, I think, very undervalued.


Yes, I looked Maggie Taylors work which is very good. You might look at Lynn Morris Photography which is a similar style.
I do not specialise myself and try just about every genre of photography (Jack of all trades master of none). I do have a go at a few of the "Altered Reality" creative style each year but thinking of original ideas is the challenge. I also do a few in-camera creative shots using a glass ball or purposely using slow speed to blur people for example. The creativity by constructing a complex set is also very challenging as you suggest but I have done little of this myself but have seen experts demonstrate.

Dave

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