Lessons In Creativity That You Can Learn From Parkour

You’ve watched Casino Royale, or Babylon A.D.? Yes? Then you’ve seen traceurs in action. Photo: amfdesigner They’re the people who run around cities, jumping over walls, climbing the outsides of buildings and generally doing ‘impossible’ stuff. Their ‘sport’ is called “Le Parkour” or “FreeRunning” and the practitioners are called ‘Traceurs’. Their goal is to get … Read more

8 Good Habits for Creative Photographers

How do you get inspiration for your photography? How do you stay creative? How do you get ‘creative’ to start with?

I’m hoping to open up some answers here, but you’re welcome to help me add to this list in the comments section.

Keep Your Mind Open

discarded roses on concrete by ‘SeraphimC

There’s nothing on this planet that can ‘not inspire’. If you look at a piece of trash and say “How could I possibly be inspired by this?” you’re not looking beyond the obvious. Here’s a couple of different ways in which to look at a piece of trash:

Photo Project: Environmental Portraits

Welcome to the Beyond Photo Tips Photo Project: Environmental Portraits. In this post we are going to look at what portraiture aims to do, and have an overview of what Environmental Portraits are, and how you can get started off with Environmental Portraits.

What Are Portraits?

Portraits try to evoke an understanding between the viewer and the person being photographed. Or at least that’s what the photographer is trying to do most of the time. Other times, he’s just trying to make the subject pretty.

When you look at a portrait you wonder what the person in the photograph is like in character… are they serious, jovial, nutty or geeky? Apart from their usual outlook, what other emotions are they likely to face on a daily basis? These are the questions that a strong portrait makes people think about; and hopefully find answers to.

Environmental Portraits

Girl in field (spring)
by Katrijn Michiels

Now, Environmental Portraits introduce an exciting factor into portrait photography. You guessed it, you dawg, it introduces the viewer to the subject’s (sitter) environment. Big words? Ok. Its a picture of a person in a place that has some connection with whom they are and what they do… So, instead of just the person being the subject of the photograph, elements of the surrounding area become part of that subject too.

Why is this sooo interesting? Because it helps the viewer understand a bit more about the sitter. If the sitter is an engineer who works on houses, posing the them at their work location helps… or maybe posing the sitter at a table with blueprints would work…

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How Do I Keep My Cameras Working Well?

Maintenance is an important part of any mechanical device’s life. Film and Digital Cameras are no different. Whether your camera body costs $350 or $3,000, these camera maintenance ideas will keep your equipment in ship-shape and humming in tune all the time. 1. Keep Using Your Camera Equipment Keeping your gear in use is one … Read more