Have you ever wished that you could control your inspiration the same way you control the coffee maker?
Imagine this: every morning you wake up, turn on the coffee maker and, at the same time, switch on your inspiration. For the rest of the day, creative photography ideas flow freely without any hindrance or delay.
Sadly, this is not how the life of any creative photographer works. It is a constant struggle and a constant search to find a way to stimulate your creativity and be inspired.
Every photographer develops his or her own unique tricks and habits over time to help stimulate their creativity every single day, instead of passively waiting for it to appear out of seemingly thin air.
But, there is one global approach that can benefit any creative person—learning and finding inspiration in the work of other artists.
Good artists copy, great artists steal
Do not get me wrong, I do not encourage you to steal another photographer’s ideas. Instead, my hope is to demonstrate that even great artists need the help of others to crystallize new ideas.
Landscape photography is, without a doubt, one of the most (if not the most) famous members of the disciplined family of Straight Photography.
Known as the Supreme Master of Landscape Photography, Ansel Adams is by far the most important name among famous landscape photographers. He was an American photographer and environmentalist whose prints are the perfect evidence that the work that happens after pressing the shutter button is extremely important.
So what exactly is Street Photography and how is it defined?
The definition of Street Photography is actually extremely vague. The most accepted “term” states that it is a conducted art that features unmediated and randomness in public places. Something like “serendipity,” so to speak.
To give us further insight into Street Photography, here’s a brief list of 10 famous street photographers whose work, I think, encompasses what every aspiring Street Photographer should study and, more importantly, contemplate.
A portrait is an artistic representation of a person in which the face and its expression is predominant. But, it also goes beyond that. The deeper purpose of a portrait is to display the likeness, personality and even the mood of the person.
"A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today, be the testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was". Philippe Halsman
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them". Elliott Erwitt
It is pretty difficult task to narrow down a list of famous photographers if you love photography, and even more when you pursue a fixed number, but this is necessarily in order to make selections based on criteria, and objectiveness.
We are going to talk about fifteen famous photographers, that had become Famous in popular culture for their passion, dedication, and style when crafting their photographs. Without further ado, let's talk about Famous Photographers you should know.
Choosing a batch of world famous photos is really complex, but really fun to do, because studying images, is for me the best way to learn about photography in its essence. Photography for me is about capturing meaningful stories, and nothing more. It is completely normal to expect readers commenting on the inclusion or exclusion of certain images.
Black and White photography is larger than just a style or genre in Photography, it is a format, it is a way of doing things; because Black and White photography avoids the distraction color can impose in a specific message of an image. Without further ado, here you have fifteen Instagram Black and White Photographers that you should follow.
Architecture and landscapes are great for travelling photographers because, as travelers, we are mesmerized by the places that locals often forget to admire. To take your architecture and landscape photography to the next level, you can use a creative and artistic technique known as abstraction.
Compressing a scene into such a limited square ratio like that of Instagram and still get amazing aesthetics is something that deserves much credit.
Instagram allows people to share visual content through the mobile application. Historically, one of its distinctive features was that it forced people to use a square format of 1:1, which is similar to photographs done with the famous Polaroid SX-70 and Kodak Instamatic cameras. Filters are also an iconic feature of the app.
Over the past decades, the photographic medium has been redefined and shaped by new emerging technologies as well as new and innovative formats. Perhaps the most important change in relation to this, was the appearance of Color Photography, which has a closer equivalent with reality itself.
Nowadays we have underwent another crucial change in photography with digital manipulation and digital development. Contemporary photographers often use these developments to present new perspectives on traditional subjects and compositions.
The definition of Fine Art Photography goes beyond technique, because it centers on the means of self-expression rather than technical skills.
Photography as an art form is recognized when the purpose of it touches the ground of plasticity, and it can be justified with a proper and solid statement by the photographer.
This world is complex, and behaves in strange ways.
I was introduced to Andrew's art and teachings for the first time when I came across his book titled, Mastering Composition.
What struck me the most was how he excels at so many various genres and styles from landscapes and portraits to macro and conceptual photography. I was also impressed with the depth of his teachings and how he manages to break down the complex concept of composition in photography to an even greater, more incredible depth. This book became my companion for many months.