A photographer I’ve been really digging lately is Zach Arias. This is because I can tell this guy really speaks from the heart and has a very inspiring story on how he became a professional photographer.
Growing as a person and an artist is something which is very important to me. Just ask my fiance as I watch video after video and read blog after blog like Johnny 5 in “Short Circuit” “Need more input!” Below is a video Zach did for Scott Kelby as a guest blogger. It really touched me because after watching it I felt even more focused on the task at hand of being a better photographer and why I do what I do in life. I hope it does something for you too.
Chase Jarvis had Zach on his live show, it’s long but good if you have the time.
“The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it.” – Edward Weston‘s quote Zach Arias uses at his workshops.
One of my favorite writers is Alan Moore if you have heard or read any of this stuff you’re missing out. Below he gives some good advice on getting a start, how to be successful and priorities. With economy the way it is I would hope there is some good art being produced. I’ve always been a firm believer that great art comes from great pain.
These are five things that I do when I can’t come up with a solution to a problem that requires me to be creative. I hope you find them helpful.
Watch TV – odds are the problem you’re trying to solve has been solved before, maybe it’s even been solved on an episode of Friends, or at least if you’re watching something funny it might lighten the mood, your state of mind and how you view things which can drastically effect the way you solve a problem.
Take a shower – I have had some of the best ideas while not thinking about the problem at all.
Brainstorm – for real, actually go and get a piece of paper and start writing down ideas and DO NOT FILTER any ideas at all no matter how dumb they may seem. What I have always found frustrating is when brainstorming in a group someone leads everyone in a “brainstorming session”. They then in turn filter everyone’s ideas through what they think is good or not. So, you’re not really “Brainstorming” at all you’re just waiting for whoever is leading the session to hear an idea they like. They key is to get a lot of ideas down, not evaluate them.
Ask a friend or family member - present the problem you’re trying to solve and get a different point of view on it. They may not have the solution, but they may help you think about a solution in a different way.
Go for a walk – or you can get on a treadmill if the weather’s really bad. If you’re stuck and you can’t think of a solution your mind isn’t really in the right state. It won’t get there if you keep just doing the same thing continually. More stimuli can help trigger a solution for you.
Do you have any tips on thinking creatively? Why don’t you share it in the comments section.