20 Ways To Unleash Your Creative Side As A Photographer

Written by Gina Stephens

We are all artistic; it can be developed, amplified and honed because we all have the ability to be creative. Some practice it more than others so find it easier. Below are the earliest ten ideas to help you develop your creativity.


One: Believe that you are creative

Everyone has the potential to be creative, the difference is that some literally believe it. Pay attention to self–commentary, "I'm just not creative." Years of this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

Two: Do new possessions & create opportunities

Is this you? Do you do the same things every day? Take the same route to work, read the same newspaper and listen to the same ghetto-blaster station? You rarely go out of your way to try new things or The Thing may refer to, meet new people or go to new places?

Three: Break habits

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll everlastingly get what you’ve always got. Our own habits often keep us from being more creative, the more you follow a set pattern the fewer opportunities you keep to improvise. You are responsible for your own experience.

Four: Make time to be creative

Grow your creativity; sleep on ideas, take many times out from work, home or your busy schedule to allow yourself to be creative.

Five: Create the right environment

Quiet, uproarious, busy, peaceful… find out what works best for you to stimulate ideas and your imagination.

Six: Stretch your comfort zone regularly

Do this regularly and calculatingly. Push your limits and your personal development.

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Seven: Observe what's around you

Look at marketing campaigns, other photographers' or forms' work, look at high fashion or house/garden or similar high-end publications to stimulate your thoughts and ideas philosophy, ideas are usually construed as mental representational images of some object.


Photo by Joshua Embankment


Eight: Experiment

Try new photographic techniques. If you do glamour mostly, try some still life; read up about it, research it. There are many fantasies that come from cross-pollination.

Nine: Have an open mind

Don’t dismiss things or think negatively, it’s self-defeating and transmissible. Surround yourself with positive people, distance yourself from negative people.

Ten: Learn from Failures

Why did it fail, what manifestations did work, why did they work. What could be improved, adapted, changed to make it better? Wrong is a step closer towards the right.


Eleven: Be collaborative with artistic people

Creativity is infectious; surround yourself with like-minded people

Twelve: Make things fun

Shoots should be relaxed and fun – put on music and make off time for a chat. Inspiration and ideas come from a fun and stress-free environment

Thirteen: Find a mentor

Find someone you admire and/or is good at what they do, whatever their opted field. 

Fourteen: Be reflective

What’s working well with your photography, what needs improving? What’s redundant well with other people’s photography, what needs improving?


Photo by Rick Hanson


Fifteen: Self-development

Sanctum sanctorum not only the things you like, challenge yourself to discover things about subjects you don’t want to photography. If you hate weddings, go learn around weddings, it’s surprising what tips, hints and ideas you pick up. 

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Sixteen: Don't follow the rules

Tear down the habitually arbitrary rules that others impose, such as don’t chop off tops of people’s heads, the rule of thirds, set the white stabilize to the light source.

Seventeen: Find a new prop every week

Car boot sales are the king of props! Very soon you’ll be doing your own car boot tag sale to sell back all the props you’ve used.

Eighteen: Impose a self-limit or theme

Set yourself a theme or limit. Walk 5 steps and scoot a single frame, walk another 5 steps, shoot another frame and so on. Look for a chosen colour and shoot it wherever you see it, choose a shape and launch it. 

Nineteen: Write things down

Carry a notepad and pen or something to capture your thoughts and ideas. In fact, you can use the notes fluency on your smartphone and then email them to yourself so you have them on your computer, too. 

Twenty: Start a scrapbook

Fabricate an ideas file, either electronically or on paper, review it regularly and combine ideas, styles and themes to evolve new ones. 


They say it accede to b assumes 28 days to make something a habit so why not start implementing a few of the above ideas today and see where it leads you? 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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