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Category - The Art of Creativity

Photography and Personal Growth

Creative endeavors require personal growth for the artist to advance. Here are some thoughts on what personal growth means for photographers.

Letting Art Happen

With our modern lifestyle, there isn’t always time to turn photography into a production. Here are tips that will help you let art happen on busy days.

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The Beauty of a Series

Series projects are a valuable tool, even for photographers that prefer singular images. Here are a few thoughts on why working on collections can be...

The Double Lives of Photographers

How can you get more creative work done without separating your personal life from your photographic life? Here are some ideas that can help you blend...

What Makes a Photograph Powerful?

What is it that makes photographs powerful? We can see from history that it isn't technical limitations. Here are some thoughts on what gives an image...

Thoughts on Perfection and Reality TV

How can we apply reality TV to photography? The answer is in the imperfections that make this genre seem real. Perhaps these flaws are needed to add...

The Devil Is in the Details

There are times when the pursuit of technical perfection overshadows the creative side of photography. If perfectionism bogs you down, these thoughts...

Photography Is Your Life

Photography is a devotion, but it is also a record of ideas unique to your life. Here are some insights on capturing the thoughts and feelings unique...

Art is a Journey on a Winding Road

Art is a journey, one that takes us down many twists and turns, with many ups and downs along the way. Use each bump in the road as a source of...

Breaking Away From the Clichés

It’s hard to find photographic subjects that aren’t clichéd. If you're searching for something new and exciting, here are some thoughts that may help.

The Art of Waiting

Throughout your career as a photographer, you'll find yourself waiting for many reasons. Perhaps it is time to turn those wait times into a creative...

How Photography Changed the World, #2

Photography is an amazing medium that gives people the chance to look at the real thing from half a world away. In this episode, we’ll learn how the...

How Photography Changed the World, #1

Photography has changed the world in several fundamental ways. In this episode, we’ll talk about the capacity to create unlimited images as it lets us...

Distortion of the Mind’s Eye

The mind has a strange way of distorting images according to the way you experienced the production of those images. Try this exercise to see what I...

5 Unusual Sources of Inspiration

Sometimes you run low not only on inspiration but also on places to search for inspiration. If that sounds like you, then here are some ideas that may...

Why Should Your Photos Stand Alone?

You don't always need to create images that stand alone. You can create wonderful works of art by combining several photographs into one cohesive story.

The True Meaning of Originality

In this day and age of Google Image Search and photographic travel guides, what does it truly mean to be original? Here are my thoughts on originality.