Unlock the Power of a Beginner’s Mind!

I’ve always been fascinated by the creative process – the capricious nature of the muses, and some people’s ability to be effortlessly creative.
Shoshin is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind”. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconceptions when studying a subject – even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.

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A Practical Guide to Abstract Photography

Photographing and creating abstract images is to choose a new approach of interpreting the world around you. In fact, you need to develop a new way of seeing. Because abstract photography is about the distillation of the scene in front of you, it is important that you take a more detailed view of everything you come across. You need to learn to notice shapes, patterns, texture, and colour.

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Why Impressionist Photography is the Best Way to Explore Your Creativity

Impressionist photography is full of surprises. It is not an exact science. When you use a certain technique, the outcome is not always certain. The technique takes on a life of its own – and anything can happen. Sometimes the result surpasses your hopes, but there is also the risk of failure. This is all part of the thrill of impressionist photography.

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Expressive Flowers

Flowers make excellent models; they are incredibly beautiful, they will pose for you any time of the day and never complain.  Learning to see the intricate forms and colours of the simplest blossom will enhance your ability to see and photograph everything.

Photographing flowers takes patience and concentration. I wish I could tell you there is a simple method for creating impressionist images of flowers, but there isn’t one. Each variety presents a new challenge, but with practice you will very quickly learn how to control your camera and witness magical things happening before you.

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How to Make Your Abstract Images Stand Out

Abstract photography offers a real test of a photographer’s skill, creativity, and imagination that sets it apart from other genres. There’s nothing quite like coming home from a photo shoot knowing you’ve nailed every element – the camera settings, the lighting, the composition, as well as capturing the specific mood or expressing an idea. However, anyone who’s tried abstract photography has also probably experienced the disappointment that comes when a technical error, bad composition, or misjudged lighting spoils a shot.

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What Makes a Great Impressionist Photo?

From the choice of subject matter to the use of appropriate techniques, there are many factors that contribute to the success of impressionist photographs. Although there is no magic formula, there are four elements that are significant ingredients for creating great impressionist photographs. Continue reading What Makes a Great Impressionist Photo?

The Art of Seeing

The best images are not always the ones that you deliberately look for. Sometimes they appear suddenly before your lens and need to be captured quickly. Others need to be carefully searched for, contemplated, and tried from many different angles before getting them right. The good news is that, regardless of where you are and what you are photographing, there are always good images to be made – you just need to find them. If you believe there is beauty and interesting stuff all around you, you will see it, more and more, as you open yourself up. You just need a willingness to explore and find what is extraordinary in the ordinary things around you. Your goal is to move past what the subject is and look at it for any visual excitement it might offer. When you focus on an object you are more likely to make assumptions based on what you know about it, rather than concentrating on what you can actually see. Continue reading The Art of Seeing