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What Can You Doto Increase the Odds, on AnyGiven Day, of Performing at aHigher Level of Creativity?
Build a Foundation 1) Acquire a Knowledge of Your Domain - The Ability to Draw on Its History and Culture Will Serve You Well Study The Visual Arts and Read Widely, With Intent
Build a Foundation Take Workshops and Classes Join a Camera club, ASMP, PPA Visit Museums & Galleries Develop Interests In Other Disciplines to Broaden the Range of Possibilities
Appropriate“I am a thief - and I amnot ashamed. I stealfrom the best whereverit happens to be - plato,Picasso, Bertram Ross. Iam a thief and I glory init. I think I know thevalue of what I steal andI treasure it - not as apossession but as aheritage and a legacy.”Martha Graham
Grow by Doing“The function of the majority ofyour work is simply to teach youhow to make the small fractionof your work that soars. Thepoint is, you learn how to makeyour work by making your work.The rest is largely a matter ofperseverance.” Bayless & Orland
Grow by Doing “Look at what Rodin did. Broken casts and sculptures were on the floor of every studio. For everybody else, they were a way of getting from point “a” to point “b”. But Rodin stopped at point “C” or point “d” and said, this is something else. I can make this into something.”
Grow by Doing “He had a quality of knowing, by doing. there was a process of discovering in practice.” Keith Varnedo
Demand Excellence “Nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I.” Mozart
Commit to the Work “I was 58 years old when I finally felt like a “master choreographer.” the Occasion was my 128th Ballet. For the 1st time in my life I was in control of the components that go into making a dance.” Twyla Tharp
The Next StepLiving a Creative Life Requiresan Accumulation of Data.Creativity Requires Raw Materialto Contemplate, Kick Around,Tear Apart, Rearrange, Processand Re-order in Your Sub-Conscious Mind.
Experience Deeply “The average man looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, moves without physical awareness, inhales without smelling and talks without thinking.” Leonardo da Vinci
The Next Big StepThe magic happens when ideasfrom different fields collideand then fuse together, creatingnew ways of thinking, seeing anddoing.
Learn to ThinkYou Can Encourage This Cross-Pollination by Learning How toThink Like Da Vinci or DuChamp.Creative People Tend to ThinkVisually, They Create Analogies,Employ Empathy or Think WithTheir Entire Bodies
Take It Up a NotchInform Your Photographic VisionWith Moving Pictures, Sound,Story Telling, Subject Motion,Passage of Time and Good Post-Production Skills.Illustrate Metaphors andConcepts With Your Images
Non-Linear Thinking Visualization - Einstein Riding on His Beam of Light Tesla Was Said to be Able to Build the Machines in His Minds Eye
Wo Woo Psychology If Creativity is a Mental Exercise, and Our Goal is to Increase the Odds of Performing at a Higher Level on Any Given Day, Then Psychology Must Fit in Here Somewhere.
Wo Woo Psychology Because There Are Many Mental and Emotional Similarities Between Athletes and Artists in Training, We Can Look to Sports Psychology for Insight.
Wo Woo Psychology Sports Psychology is Designed to Help Athletes Get Into “The Zone”, That Magical Place of Peak Mental and Physical Performance.
Wo Woo Psychology Artists and Others Might Call This State of Grace “Flow”, The Place Where Creativity Seems to Flow like water. Whatever You Call It, It is Not Only the Happy Place of Peak Performance but also of Great Pleasure and Enjoyment.
Step FourPre-Visualize the Shoot - ThinkAbout What Can Go Wrong andHow You’ll React. This Exerciseis a Great Planning Tool and, itGets The Nerves Out of the Way.
Step FiveImagine Yourself on Location, inComplete Control of theProduction, Collaborating Withthe Entire Crew, Making all theRight Decisions and KnockingBack Great Images.
Step SixReplay the Shoot in Your Head,Not to Beat Yourself Up but toLearn from What Your Mistakesand to be Able to ReproduceWhat Went Well.Do This Right Away and Make aMovie of It in Your Head. You’llbe Amazed at How Much Sticks.
Step SevenReview the Resulting ImagesDispassionately. Remember WhatYou Were Thinking at the TimeYou Snapped the Shutter.You’re a Performer - ReviewYour Performance.
Make a PlanCreate a Plan Designed to GetResults and Execute That Plan -Above All, Make Sure That YouEnjoy the Journey & the ProcessTake a Page from Tony Robbins -Develop Constant, Never EndingImprovement in Your CreativeLife
“Action”Get Grounded in the DomainGet Mentally FitGet Physically FitBuild Your SkillsMake Connections in the FieldBuild Your SkillsCreate A Body of WorkMake Connections in the FieldSell Your Work, Get Better Work
“Action”Create a Mantra That You EmployBefore Every ShootAffirmation of SkillsDeep Breathing RoutinePhysical Routine (Gear Checking)Working Habits (You Are InCharge!)Checklist of Ideas That ReachBeyond What’s Expected
Exercises1 One Shot A Day for ten Days(commit to an Hour a Day)2 One Lens for an entire Day3 One Small Environment for anEntire Day - Your Bedroom, Yard4 100 Images of an inanimateObject
Exercises5 Develop Specific Skills - Focus,Panning, Backlight, Gestures6 Master New Tools - RadioSlaves, Lens, Gorilla Pods, LightModifiers7 Expand Your Mind - Shoot to aSoundtrack, a Word or Phrase, aConcept, A Story or Illustrate aPoem
Exercises8 Shoot to a Color Pallet9 Shoot with A Post-ProductionTreatment in Mind10 Shoot the Same Scene inDifferent Light, in DifferentWeather, With Different Tools,With a different Aesthetic
Exercises11 Portray Motion - Motion Blur,Stop Action, Mixed Ambient andStrobe, Camera Shake, MultipleExposure etc.
Exercises12 Shoot what terrifies you -hard midday light, back light,studio strobes, rotweillers
Rules of EngagementPre-Visualize the Image and ThinkAbout All the Camera ControlsThat Are Required to Achieve TheDesired Result
Rules of EngagementDo Not Chimp. Do Not Delete inCamera - There’s Gold in MistakesInstead, Study the Entire Take.Compare Your Expectations toYour Results.Deconstruct the Results, Learnfrom the Garbage (But just Once)
Work SmartLearn to work smart - bothbehind the camera and in frontof the computer
Get NoticedGet Integrated into the PhotoCommunity and Get Your WorkOut There.Good Work, When it is Seen AndRecognized, Leads to More GoodWork.
Bookstywla Tharp - The Creative HabitMichael Gelb - How to Think LikeLeonardo Da VinciDavid Bayles & Ted Orland - Art andFearMihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Creativity:Flow & the Psychology of Discovery &Invention
DocumentariesGerhard Richter PaintingBeing ElmoJiro Dreams of SushiJean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant childPBS Art:21 Art in the 21st CenturyThe Dancer Revealed