Fresh out of ideas? Your creative meter stuck on zero? Got the late winter idea blahs? I recommend reading this
. It’s rather long but hey, if you are stuck in a morass of boredom with your creative brain flat lining, what else do you have to do? Or you can go to YouTube
for a shorter video reprise. Be warned though the video first comes off as a “just say no to all mind altering substances” but persist and you’ll get about 25 % of the jest of the full reading of the PDF text version.
Sometimes all you need to do is change your perspective. Or as they call it in the movie biz: POV (point of view). Get down on the ground level; get to the top floor and shoot up or down. Your position relative to the subject of your image has a huge influence on the impact of the final picture. All too often we fall into the trap of framing an image straight ahead. “Oh that’s a cool shot” Snap Snap”.
Break out of old habits. Look around: where could you place the camera to capture a unique angle? Access to high floors? Go for it and shoot down into the interiors of hotels and other open spaces in homes and public buildings. (But you care that you aren’t violating privacy or restrictions against photography).
Look at the world not just from a bird’s eye view but an ant’s. This may sound silly but as a new campaign for beef shows, a surprising point of view can be very effective in advertising. Check it out
Create images where small looks large and something tiny appears to dominate the image. You are after uniqueness and surprise. Shooting from an unusual perspective can add mystery to your images and as a video by the creator of the TV show Lost so wonderfully illustrates, mystery adds intrigue and interest to most creative pursuits.
Patterns emerge when you approach a view from a new perspective. Once objects are reduced to grids or mathematical shapes, illusions are created that catch the viewer by surprise and capture his/her attention for a moment longer than a casual look-see. Reality becomes abstract and intriguing.
The next time you take out your camera, shoot the image you have in mind and then get down on the ground or up on a ladder or shoot from a high advantage point as well as the straight shot. You may not be happy with the result but you will have given your creative side something to think about!
Photo credits: Alexey Dudoladov, Diego Vito Cervo, Christy Thompson, Nick Stubbs, Iofoto, Joseph Bonell, Kiankhoon, Uschi Hering, Stephen Williams, Alistair Scott, William Rossin.