Being creative with photos or video can be a challenge. Many of us have the technical skill we need, or a least understand how to use photo and video equipment, but we stumble when it comes time to create unique compositions. Although there is no single answer as to what inspires us to be inventive, the following steps may help you in your quest.
- You are the only one who sees things the way you do – your own viewpoint is what will make your photos and video interesting. You don't have to look for the most interesting scene on the planet. You just need to find a different way of seeing the world around you.
- Travel. Or just walk through your own neighborhood. Pick up ideas. Keep a log of your travels and photos. If you think something is interesting, someone else is likely to think so as well.
- Learn to brainstorm. Write all of your ideas down as they come to you. Most importantly, do NOT try to edit these ideas or toss any away as “no good” - yet. Later on you will choose your best few ideas out of the “library” you are producing from your thoughts.
- The only thing that either a photo camera or video camera “sees” is light. If you are recording or snapping shots outside, then observe how the light plays on a scene or subject. If you are shooting inside or in a studio, you have more control. Imagine “painting” your subject matter with light.
- Look at other photographer's works. You are not trying to copy a style. You are trying to understand how the photographer/videographer sees his or her world.