Inspiration Point - 100 Thoughts and Ideas to Jump Start Creativity

Among the damage of COVID-19 and the restrictions which keep us spaced apart or close to home, is the lack of inspiration, motivation and creativity.

I get up each day and ask myself  "Am I making the best use of my time?" "Is there anything to photograph or say in my little shutdown world?" "What should I, could I do next?"

I hope you will find this list useful, not only now in July of 2020, but on any given day. Sometimes I find that just reading through an idea list is the best way to jump start my creativity again. Choose one, choose two and create a fusion. Choose more and create a collection!

Take your selected item(s) and make a wish list shoot list. Visualize 10 different photographs. Write them down. If you can't execute them now, put them aside for a future shoot. Create a wish book of cards. When you get to an idea you can execute, get your camera and create a collection of 10 new photos.

On your mark, get set, GO!

1. Patterns

2. Color

3. High Key

4. Low Key

5. Panning

6. In camera motion

7. Stop motion

8. Food

9. Back-lit

10. Sunrise

11. Sunset

12. Cityscape

13. Street Photography

14. Flowers

15. Bugs

16. Nature

17. Lifestyle

18. Posing

19. Flat Lay

20. Shooting from a ladder

21. Shooting down from a balcony or other elevated vantage point

22. Shooting up

23. Laying down and shooting up

24. Framing

25. Shooting through an object like a handful of grass or a flower

26. Using Prisms

27. Using Crystal Balls

28. Fill the Frame

29. Macro

30. Juxtaposition

31. Rearranging objects

32. Flat lighting

33. Split lighting

34. Rembrandt lighting

35 Reflections in glass, water or metal

36. Warhol the wrong colors

37. Variations in the same color

38. Color on color, all one color

39. Black and White

40. Textures

41. Bokeh

42. Photo Journalistic style

43. Found objects

44. Landscape

45. Smoke

46. Holi powder

47. Surrealism

48. Tilt shift lens

49. Translucent

50. Fire

51. Free-lensing

52. Prime lens

53.Telephoto lens

54. Hilliard method

55. Brenizer method

56. Collage

57. Story telling

58. Magazine style: Shoot an opening , closing, portrait, action and detail shot.

59. Architecture

60. Bubbles

61. Sunburst

62. Shadows

63 Selective Coloring

64. Out of Focus

65. Mixed Media

66. Conceptual

67. Inspired by a single word: Love, Peace, Kindness

68. Polaroid

69. Abstracts

70. Find shapes: circle, square, hearts

71. Silhouette

72. Frame within frames, like archways

73. Double exposure

74. Props

75. Ambient light

76. LED panels

77. ND filters

78. Color and Gradient filters

79. Staging natural elements in nature: rock patterns on beaches

80. Dancers

81. Light painting

82. Spiritual

83. Dappled lighting

84. Weather: Four season photos

85. Portraits without faces

86. Portraits without people

87. Still life

88. Natural light

89. Pano

90. HDR

91. Night photography

92. Isolation

93. Negative Space

94. Perspective

95. Water spray

96. Mundane everyday objects and situations

97. Eye level with children, dogs, bugs

98. Spray and Pray

99. Music

100. Dress the part: Change the experience by changing how you look

 


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