Busting Creative Block

Yucca and Hole

Have you ever gone out to make some images and feel the creative block and can not get started? Well you are not alone it happens to all of us. The best thing to do is start shooting and ignore the thoughts that the light is not right or the subject is not the best at this time or for that matter any other reason keeping you from pushing the button. Start looking at shapes and colors move in different directions look in the shadows and then isolate one thing that interests you. Once you have found it start thinking what is it that makes this interesting is it the shape or its relationship to the environment once you figure that out start looking how to frame and capture. It does not matter if this will be your greatest shot ever just capture the image. Now if the shot you took felt right move on but if you feel what you did could be better move and recompose and shoot again. Keep repeating the process until the capture feels right. With that in the bag move on to the next shot using the same procedure and soon you will be in the grove and your creative juices will be flowing. The Header photo of this post was created exactly as described and was the first image captured on a recent trip to Joshua Tree National Park. The yucca and the hole in the rock is what caught my interest then it was a matter of placement and dealing with the light and exposure. Is it a great image? No it is not but it did get my mind working and started the creative juices flowing.

Textured Colored Rock       This is the second image that caught my eye. Inspired by the color and texture of the rocks and the hollow almost like a cave this was captured. The camera here is at an angle but that does not matter it is the image that came easier than the first.
Rocks of Color
This is the third image. I was way to the right and very far back when I saw the ruddy rocks in the sun near the top of the frame and I knew I was going to capture. I was now in the groove of making images. A Little walking and I found the rocks in the foreground and I made this image. Still not the best in the world but that is OK the creative juices are flowing and they did for the next several days. It is best to just start and then change and shoot again and repeat because soon the creativity will start to work for you.

 

About John Aydelotte

I aspire to pass on some of the 40 years of imaging knowledge I have acquired. I have a true passion for imaging and wish to enjoy my retirement from Commercial Photography by creating images from my heart. I am still taking a few Freelance jobs but would love to teach and lead others on their amazing photography journey. I have two grown children and 7 grandchildren. I am focusing on photography, education and retirement.

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Busting Creative Block — 5 Comments

    • Thanks Jodi. I have a lot of Joshua tree images to post in the near future. I am now an apprentice in the Arcanum so I have been doing some studying lately also found 5 graves there with no names.

  1. The photos are beautiful, John!
    About the creative block you’re right, just keep shooting. That’s what I always do. I’ve never thought too much about what I shot. Just take pictures the things i like. Then choose and edit them later ☺
    As you may know I am not a good Photographer

  2. The photos are beautiful, John!
    About the creative block you’re right, just keep shooting. That’s what I always do. I’ve never thought too much about what I shot. Just take pictures the things i like. Then choose and edit them later ☺
    As you may know I am not a good Photographer

    • Thanks Elise. You are a better photographer than you think. It’s not the camera it really is the photographer that makes the picture. I have alway said the camera looks both ways.