Photo Tips “Creativity Techniques”

Are you running out of ideas for photographs? Are you on the look-out for new ways to express yourself photographically? Can’t think of anything new? Often creativity and motivation can come to a halt when you demand too much from yourself, especially if expectations and results differ greatly. Consider whether a more playful and relaxed approach would be possible. >> Don’t expect too much! <<

Ideas – Berlin

Ideas – Berlin

Photography starts with sight!

When searching for ideas, it can be useful to let yourself be inspired by photographs, paintings, drawings and graphics…from other artists.

Examples of inspirational sources

  • Museums / art galleries / photo exhibitions
  • Literature (specialist literature, illustrated books…)
  • Magazines
  • etc.

Study images with care. Try to decide why a certain image appeals to you. Once you understand images, it becomes much easier implement, i.e., integrate interesting aspects into your own work.

Create a photo notebook

  • Here you can keep your own notes, as well as tips and information gathered from literature and from the internet.
  • Photos from magazines that you find interesting should also be included. Make a note next to them as to which aspects appeal to you and which do not. It is interesting to see how our own perception can change over the course of time.

Instrument flight rules
Do your images also have the same build-up? Are you unsure of how to deviate from your pattern? Do you have the feeling that your photos have lost their captivating and unexpected aspect?
Try to let go and not exercise as much control over the image build-up. One radical option is to forego using the optical viewfinder and display screen. Point your camera at the image subject, without using any methods to monitor the image or you can simply capture an image without checking to see what is in front of the lens. Here, the overall quality of the individual images is not central. Without the power to check the image and subsequent critical observation, this method allows you to discover new perspectives and image subjects. 
You will produce more rejects than you are comfortable with. Therefore, you should use this approach as an exercise and game and not use it when a high level of productivity is required. Digital photography has a clear cost advantage in this case.


  • On cameras with displays that can’t be covered, you should hide the display while capturing the image.
  • The perspectives can be wildly imaginative
  • Try to capture as many different perspectives and images as possible
  • When observing and rating the images
    • Choose interesting images and analyse them
      • Why is this image interesting?
      • Is it worth deliberately using this perspective or subject in future projects?

Look at things through the eyes of an inquisitive child. Don’t become too caught up in comparisons and ratings. Remain curious about the things you see around you.

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