I am definitely an amateur. I mentioned in the April newsletter that I don’t have any formal (college) training in photography – I’ve only ever taken high school multimedia classes. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still put my creative brain to the test and use up all of that energy to become a better creative photographer.
When I say creative photography, I don’t just mean being creative in the ways that I take pictures. I mean being creative in the subject matter department as well. For example, a lot of the pictures that you’ll find in the slideshow at the top of this blog post show non-human subjects. These pictures – because the subjects cannot produce their own emotion – have to be taken with creative critical thinking to evoke some sort of feeling in the viewer. Take a moment to play through the slideshow and just notice how you feel when looking at each picture.
Go ahead – go do it.
What did you notice from that exercise? That’s right – even pictures that don’t have human subjects can make you feel something. That’s because the photographer took those pictures with you in mind – or rather, with all viewers in mind. The photographer (in this case, me) knew what they wanted you to see in the picture and tried to capture what they wanted you to feel in the picture as well.
To put it another way: most photo shoots deal with photographing models. These models are real people who can project an emotion onto the camera so that you feel that same way while looking at photos of them. This is model-centered emotional photography. When you take away the model and replace them with an inanimate object, the photographer is challenged to take pictures (that still hold emotion) of something that can’t give any of that emotion. So the photographer has to get creative in order to produce the desired effect.
None of this is to say that a photographer can’t produce creative content when photographing models or other living subjects. Of course they can! Just type in “creative photography” on Google, and you’ll see plenty of proof of that. I’m just saying that it is more difficult to be creative without that living help. It was especially difficult for someone like me – who obviously does not have a lot of experience taking pictures of non-living things.
That being said, I hope you all enjoy the pictures in the slideshow above. I tried my best to be really creative and evoke some sort of emotion or feeling in them. If any of you have any questions or want to talk more about creative photography (or photography in general, really), please use the contact form on my website to send me a message. I would love to talk with you guys about my ideas or creative photography processes! As always, feel free to share this post on any of the social media links below. I hope you guys have a great week!