I’m a full-time photographer, I take photos for a living. It’s my main source of income. Its how I pay the rent, keep the lights on and put food on the table. The problem when you work for money, specifically when you get paid for your photography, is that you are no longer in full control.
Ever since I became interested in photography, I would occasionally read a story about someone who’d used it to help them through an emotional low-point or mental ill health. Little did I realize that I would become one of them, too. Photography has had a positive impact on my life and helped me get through the past year. I was feeling down most of the time after a traumatic event and a particularly rough period of my life. Anxiety and panic attacks became a common feature of my life. But I’ve learned how to use photography to live through it. And live through it well.
The article you’re about to read is a very personal story. It’s more personal than any other article that I’ve written for DIYP. But it’s written with the hope that it can help someone else who might be feeling anxious or depressed. I’ve been through some tough times, and photography’s one of the things that has helped me to not fall apart. I want to tell you more about it and, hopefully, get you inspired and bring you some encouragement.
It happens to all of us from time to time: we hit a creative wall and the ideas just won’t come. Luckily, there are ways to overcome the creative block and boost your photographic passion. In this video, Todd Vorenkamp and David Flores of B&H will show you 13 creative exercises to “flex your photographic muscles.” They’ll help you see things from new perspectives and rekindle your creative flame.
When we think of “no Photoshop,” most of us imagine photos that haven’t been edited at all, with all their flaws and imperfections. But how about not using Photoshop at all, but still ending up with altered images? This is what artist Kensuke Koike does. So to say, he edits photos in real life: and the resulting images are brilliant.
“It’s all been done before.” I’m sure that you’ve had this thought many times, and sometimes it’s so overwhelming that it makes you lose the desire to create. But the good thing is – it isn’t true. In this video from Light Club, you can see why this thought is wrong, and that “there’s always a new trick to shoot an old dog.”
As a creative, you can think of plenty interesting ways to promote your work, and Toronto-based photographer and visual artist Justin Poulsen has gone a pretty wacky route. In this short video, he recreated everyone’s favorite “poop emoji” in fifty different ways. He created all the scenes in camera and made a fun and unusual video.
Food and drinks in ads always look so appetizing. It may take hours, a professional studio, and expensive gear to create these inviting food ads. But if your budget is tight – you can film them too, with a smartphone and plenty of creativity. This video by a Chinese studio is full of examples to show you how to take high-end food videos on a low-budget. And even if you’re not into food ads at all, I’m sure you’re gonna love the creativity behind these shots.
We all get stuck in a creative rut every once in a while. Although it’s perfectly normal, it can still make us frustrated. In this video, Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom.net shares some advice on how not to lose your creative flow. He talks about his ways of staying inspired, but reflects on another important topic: how much does gear matter in this process?
Unless you develop film at home, the bathroom isn’t really a place you’d connect with photography. But creative guys from Gyva Grafika brought photography into a bathroom in a really unique way. They used photos and tiles to “bring outside – inside.” They turned the tiles into an apartment block by adding photos of facades on them. This way, they made a tiny version of a Soviet-era concrete apartment block inside a toilet.