Follow these steps to find great photography ideas
A great project always starts with a good idea and revolves around it. But how do you find good ideas? Can we teach it? Jamie Windsor thinks so, and in this video he will share with you four steps that will allow you to have great ideas for your photos and projects.
Technically, there is no formula that will help you learn to come up with ideas. You can learn composition, lighting, and other aspects of photography, but separating a good idea from a bad one could be a little trickier. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to develop our minds and get them to come up with new ideas.
Jamie gives examples of three fantastic photo projects: Touching strangers by Richard Renaldi, Alina by Bettina von Zwehl and Lucas Zimmermann Traffic lights. All three are the result of brilliant ideas, the ones that make you think, “Why didn’t I think of it?” “
Corn Why haven’t I thought about it? You know all the elements needed to create shots like these. You have the skills and the equipment you need. And yet, you did not have the same ideas. It can be a little frustrating, but instead of dwelling on the fact that you didn’t get the idea you like, you should ask yourself how another photographer did it. How does their brain work and how did it generate such a good idea? It is not the knowledge of particular elements, it is the way in which we relate them to each other.
Our mind has the ability to connect different elements, even if they are seemingly illogical and unconnected. This is essentially how ideas are born. But how do you make the process more deliberate? Jamie suggests these four steps you can take to exercise your creativity and come up with better ideas for photography. And if you ask me, it also works for other art forms.
Step 1: Feed your mind
Consume a lot of quality media: photos, films, paintings, books, comics… You get the idea. Fill your life with creativity by creating, but also by watching the work of other creators. Learn new skills, travel to new places, try new techniques and mediums and combine them.
But keep in mind: it’s not just what you know, it’s how you think. To come up with great ideas, you have to step outside of your thinking rules. You have to challenge them and provoke them. And how can you do it? Well the easiest way is to talk to people you don’t agree with. And not just to prove your point, but to really listen to what they have to say. In this way, you can change your perspective, see things from a different perspective, expand your knowledge and view of the world. In my experience, another thing that helped change my thinking were the psychotherapy sessions. They helped me change some harmful behaviors, which pushed my thoughts in new directions, which then brought new ideas to the fore.
Another thing you should keep doing is creating. It doesn’t mean creating a masterpiece every time, just practicing. You can do things aimlessly and see where it takes you, just like an exercise.
Step 2: The network in default mode
It’s, in layman’s terms, how you tie the elements together from step 1. Almost nobody gets a good idea by sitting down and thinking very hard about finding one. This usually happens in everyday, mundane activities like making coffee, washing dishes, and of course taking a shower. We perform these familiar actions “on autopilot”. During these times, your brain works differently, and this is the key time to form new ideas by inventing concepts that don’t already exist in the world. Personally, I often find ideas for my stories while cleaning the house or doing the dishes. Just let your mind wander and it will take you to new places.
Step 3: Write it down!
When an idea comes to your mind, stop what you’re doing and write it down. Do it right away! You might think you’ll remember it, but once your brain goes off “autopilot” and starts focusing on other activities, the idea is likely to go away. Trust me for this shot.
Step 4: Take action
A good idea without you executing it is worthless. So, once it comes to your mind and you write it down, you feel the urge to create and it gets you excited. If you’re like me, you might even be obsessed with it! Well, use that motivation, passion, or obsession while the idea is still fresh in your mind. It won’t last forever, and again trust me. Jamie mentions all of these points in the video but I can understand so much!
Even though Jamie has made the whole process of getting ideas less abstract, it’s still not a process you can rush and do in a matter of hours by following the steps. It feels more like a practice for your daily life. You’ll pick up new creative habits, change the way you think, and over time create an inventory of great ideas. Here are some other things to keep in mind during the process.
- Be true to yourself in your ideas: try to avoid clichés, be innovative and see the world through your own lens.
- Don’t be afraid of bad ideas: good ideas often come after several bad ones. Alternatively, you can turn a bad idea into a good one by modifying and expanding it.
- Have a return: talk to other people and see what they think about your project but,
- Believe in your idea: You must have feedback, but you must also be convinced of your idea and believe in it.
Do you think that finding ideas can be learned to a point? What helps you find ideas?
[How to think of GOOD IDEAS via Reddit]