Giving your pictures a voice?

I was asked recently ‘what message I was trying to convey with my pictures?’ and this got me to thinking, what am I trying to convey?

On initial reflection I would have liked to say something cool…

But I’m not that cool, however I put some more thought into it and as photographers we should think about what message we are trying to convey as much as apeture,shutter speed etc Each of our pictures should convey something but what?

Advertisers, film makers and writers all start out with a basic concept and expand on this as the work through the process.

So 3 things to think about

Heart – does it convey something about our emotions

Head – is there and intellectual message or does it take a cognative, logical┬áprocess to see the meaning

Conceptual – a common theme throughout a series or the heavy use of metaphors?

or all three

I think the majority of us do this subconciously, however their can be real benefit in being planned and concious of our message.

Let me know what you think my picture above says in the comment box if you have time

PS for my regular readers out there, I have had abit of critism from some photographers about why I would want to put ‘rudimentary’ training techniques on my blog, my answer is well people seem to enjoy them ;), so let me know if there any subjects you would like me to blog about in the future.

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29 ways to be creative

I think every creative person has times where they have a block, which can be concerning when they think back to the day, week or month before when they were bursting with idea’s. I have a terrible habit of getting ideas at night when I want to go to sleep, which can be a pain as it is usually when I need to get up super early the next day.

The best investment recently has been a 50p notebook that I now carry about everywhere, I could use my iphone, however I quite like the charm of a note book and it’s easier than typing it out or getting siri to understand my scottish dialect.

I came across this excellent video with simple ideas to maintain creativity. Hope you enjoy it.

http://vimeo.com/24302498