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Monday Tip #13 Take Snapshots, Not Photographs


The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.

Edward Steichen

During the course of your day have a camera handy (remember that if you carry a mobile phone you probably have one on that, or perhaps buy a really cheap compact camera). Take snapshots of random things that grab your attention during the day.

They don’t have to be prize-winning photographs, just a record of things that interested you at that specific moment in time. Notice that I’ve called this idea snapshots on purpose. I’m not intending that you turn every image into a masterpiece. They are for your eyes only, unless making them public helps your creativity.

When you get home, change the file names to describe the main element / emotion / purpose you wanted to capture. It will make it easier to find when searching your computer, and makes more sense than DSC_4173.jpg.

How about opening up a Pinterest or Flikr account and posting your images there? That way you have a permanent, and visually accessible collection available to you wherever you have internet access. You might be able to link your smartphone or camera to your account to upload the images you take automatically, cutting out a process you have to complete each time you have new snaps to add to your creative bank. Just snap, name, and upload. Then look at your collection when you need inspiration.

You can keep your collection completely private, and you now have your own scrapbook of ideas that are of interest to you. As it’s for you alone, don’t feel that you have to take arty photos for the sake of it. If that pigeon feeding interests you, or a piece of chewing gum stuck on the pavement, whatever it might be, snap and store it away.

You may well find yourself drawn to things, but you’re not consciously aware why that it is. Go with it – your subconscious may be telling you something important, something that your conscious mind will catch up on soon. Capture the image to increase your chance of working out what that connection is later.

For more information:

Build Your Own Idea Factory

This creativity tip comes from Build Your Own Idea Factory: 68 ways to boost your creativity and get inspired by David Norrington


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