Capturing Inspiration and Ideas

Becoming stuck is one of the biggest challenges stock-photographers face. To remain creative and inspired you have to be doing something. It's always nice to have a portfolio of ideas to fall back on. Sometimes something as simple as doodling on paper, filling in a crossword or even going for a long walk can give you ideas. These are ideas you want to capture for future review and planning.

If you were to sit inside my office you would see almost every surface covered with sheets of paper in differing sizes, colors and shapes. I try and keep an inspiration journal but I have the habit of writing my ideas down on anything that's handy - napkins, post-it notes, conference agendas - you name it. And the more ideas that pile up in my office on little fiddly scraps of paper, the more overwhelmed I feel. The more overwhelmed I feel the less I produce. I'm sure you get the picture.

Recently, at a conference, I had the opportunity to hear a speaker talk about the benefit of a small hand held digital recorder to record your ideas. The concept is that you could use the device, no matter where you are. You can take it in the car with you, on walks, to conferences and even to dance recitals with the kids and still capture your ideas.

Stage two of the plan is to listen to your ideas weekly, write them down and file them in some orderly manner to take action. The concept then becomes not having to have new ideas all the time but being able to access and recycle those various flashes of inspiration. A simple idea, yes, but looking around my office I thought that this could really benefit my work flow and possibly yours.

Digital recorders are available cheaply at many stores and I'm betting there's an app for that for those nifty newfangled phones too.

Okay - gotta go - I just had an idea!

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March 15, 2010

Kittycat

Thank you for the wonderful idea.

March 14, 2010

Theumf

awesome idea, i had it too, but never got round to it, i use my phone a lot like you say... you have no idea how easily you described my office with ideas wrote on scrap paper everywhere, i now have rounded them all up and slapped them to my copy stand where i will pursue one, then remove it. But the voice recorder is much more practical.

March 13, 2010

Kaththea

"And the more ideas that pile up in my office on little fiddly scraps of paper, the more overwhelmed I feel. The more overwhelmed I feel the less I produce. I'm sure you get the picture" - it's very familiar to me)))

March 12, 2010

smartview27

Thanks for your planning!

March 11, 2010

Wildmac

Great idea! I too have a notebook for ideas and hundreds of notes on bits of paper everywhere. Every other week I go through them all and add them to my notebook. Up til now I was thinking the answer to my problem might be having bigger pockets to keep my notebook with me more LOL :))

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