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At a crossroads, do I turn left or right?

Nick_w > Nick_w Blog > At a crossroads, do I turn left or right?
13/12/2012 - 9:40 PM

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An ambiguous title, but for a reason

I would be interested to know how others go about their work. Do you plan in detail (as I tend to do) or do you just let the creative juices flow.

I tend to sketch ideas out - for my composite work, often stew on them for weeks, or months ( I have a few ideas that I've had for 5 years). The exceptions are those done late at night, often when I've had a glass too many. I've had some disasters, and some pleasant surprises.

This been the most successful normally I wouldn't use selective colour!!

My question is for the best creative work do you think a more organic workflow works best, or do you think planning the work is the most productive?

Tags: Creative juices, Plan or not to plan


Gary66  3158 forum posts England
14 Dec 2012 - 8:31 AM

I am no way in your league to answer your question, I just snap and go (basic/learner) but I have to say what ever you did for your photo The Calling worked brilliantly, that is excellent.

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More often than not anything I plan in advance is a total disaster - too much thought doesn't work for me. Same with time - if I have all weekend to 'play' then the results invariably are so-so - if have half an hour or so in the evening then I do much better Smile

I am however planning one of my wooden men pics which needs some prop making first - a job for the weekend.


An ambiguous answer - I think the best route for each of us is the one that we enjoy doing and give us the results we need - if you've been planning for 5 years + and its getting great results then keep planning - maybe try some new things in the plan but the framework will still keep it working. Go freeform now and again for a break to keep it fresh and see if its still the best way.
Personally, I plan and deviate but sometimes regret missing the bits i missed on the plan as i got carried away my the moment and the constraints of time.


Thanks everyone, I was just feeling some of my works were getting a bit too staged, but yep I think I will keep to a plan, and through in a few curve balls now and then. May set myself a theme and give myself. Short deadline ( or someone could suggest a theme / brief) and see where it takes me


My best images have been snaps. Horrendously demoralising, but just the truth. Sad

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