On photography: Tricks for staying creative | SummitDaily.com

On photography: Tricks for staying creative

Summit County, CO
Special to the Daily/Timothy Faust

People always tell me how lucky I am to be living in such a photogenic place; and they are quite right. I am really lucky to be able to live in the mountains of Colorado, but even up here I can go through spells of feeling uncreative and out of ideas, a sort of “photographer’s block.”

Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks to keep the proverbial creative juices flowing.

One thing that keeps me going is by constantly changing up the kind of work I’m doing. For instance, in June, I’ll be photographing an outdoor sporting event in Vail early in the month, then doing some editorial work during a climbing trip and shooting a few weddings. Changing it up all the time is definitely my favorite way to stay motivated and creative. I also find that things I learn while photographing a climb on Mount Shasta make me a better wedding photographer and vice versa.

When I’m not as fortunate to be this busy, I find that giving myself little projects or assignments can be very stimulating creatively. Next time you are wondering what to photograph, or just aren’t feeling motivated to pick up the camera, try to give yourself an assignment to finish.

Keep the projects simple. Concentrate on a place that’s local to you, and a task that is attainable. For example, deciding you are going to stay in your back yard until you have photographed 10 different species of animals is a lot more attainable than deciding to hike until you find a bear to photograph. Also, projects like these train your eye for more difficult projects later. The key to self assignments is to set definite goals of what you want to achieve.

I am a firm believer that creativity can be learned, taught, and most importantly, improved upon. One of the best ways to do this is by taking a photography workshop.

Workshops are a great way to learn in small groups from an expert and to interact with other people that our passionate about photography. Workshops are available for every budget and skill level. They range from small Sunday morning camera walks to monthlong expeditions to the Antarctic. A simple internet search can help you find the workshop that’s right for you.

For a more in-depth look at staying creative, visit http://www.timothyfaust.com. You are also invited to my new print exhibition at the Summit County Commons at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

Timothy Faust is an award winning photojournalist living in Breckenridge Colorado. If you have a photography question you would like to see answered in this column, send it to questions@timothyfaust.com.

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