It can be a challenge finding a regular time to be creative when there are plenty of distractions in everyday life. But the desire to bring more creativity into your life doesn’t mean you have to spend hours with your camera. It’s about finding a way that suits you and your lifestyle, whether that’s 15 minutes or a few hours a week. The choice is yours and it all adds up.
Even if you can’t dedicate time for photoshoots, it’s important to integrate creative time into as many moments in your day as possible.
Creativity is a skill that can be learned, so the more you practise creativity, the more you’ll naturally develop this ability. Over time, it will take less effort, so it’s not that finding time for your photography is challenging in itself – it’s that remembering to do it is often the trickiest part.
Here is one simple, practical tip to help you achieve just that.
Creativity is a skill that can be learned, so the more you practise creativity, the more you’ll naturally develop this ability.
Connect with your senses
Your senses are your window to the world, yet they remain dormant most of the time. Have you ever noticed how you don’t hear, see or sense much of anything when you are deeply lost in your thoughts? Having a meal or walking to the bus station can be a great time to connect with your senses. Try turning your attention off autopilot and guide it directly to where you are at present. What can you hear? Taste? Smell? See? Touch?
Wherever you are, look for the beauty in the ordinary. Take more notice of your surroundings. Look at the sky – the patterns of the clouds, the colours. Notice different textures and shapes.
Being present in a moment is not easy, but the important thing here is to try to do something creative every day.
Awakening your senses will help you to experience the beauty around you and help you to move easily into the ‘zone’ when you have time for a photoshoot.
Keep doing it and soon you will notice changes in the way you see things, and as a consequence, you will be rewarded with more creative images.