Creative Process

Have you ever stopped yourself from creating because you feared that your vision would never match the real thing? This trap gets me all the time.  I  think and think about images that I want to create, but instead of just starting the process, I get hung up on the belief that the light won’t be quite right or my technical skill not strong enough, or it just won’t turn out how I want and so I might as well give up now.   As an idea begins to formulate, before we even begin, often we are lured by the illusion that we are striving towards some ideal outcome.  But what’s actually important is not the outcome, but the process itself.

Returning to this series of Liam again and again allows me to dive into the creative process and address my fears of not doing it perfectly.  With patience, I am working towards the image I envision without judgement or time limits.  If the lighting isn’t quite right, I know I can try it again next week.  With each frame I shoot, I am learning.  And I continue to trust that if I just keep creating,  the vision in my mind will eventually show up in the lens.

What image do you have floating around in your imagination that you would like to create but are too scared to try? Is there a place in your home or a time of day when your kids typically do something that inspires a photograph and you’re never quite sure how to capture it? Perhaps you could give yourself the time to study the light, consider the composition and EXPLORE making the image rather than just madly clicking away? Try just being present with the process and see what happens!

{Week 4 of The 52 Project}:  This week I explore the nuances of light and exposure. In comparison to the image shot on week 2, I’m trying f/2.8 instead of f/2 to see how I like the results.  There is more light coming through the south facing window directly behind me and as a result my ISO is 640 rather than 1600.  And I moved Liam closer to the window to get more fall off  and create a more dramatic contrast between the subject and the background.   Editing is still minimal.  Read more about The 52 Project}


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