Photo Tip “Brainstorming and Clichés”

This photo tip is suitable during the holiday period. Does this call for clichéd, stereotypical images!? Not really, but still…

You are going on holiday and you want to surprise your friends and family that have stayed at home with a diverse selection of photos or you have been commissioned to capture high quality images of a holiday destination. As well as really interesting images, classically stereotypical images are often expected.

As so often is the case in creative processes, brainstorming can aid the photographer by generating new ideas and by writing down these ideas, it allows you to remember important image subjects. Picture what kind of images you expect to achieve. What images are you thinking of? Which clichés?

Do this exercise with Cuba. Everyone seen an image of Cuba at least once in their life and has certain pre-conceived ideas of the country. Now, write down your thoughts without evaluating them. It is important to write down everything that you can think of without rating anything. This is a creative technique that is often used in creative writing; however, it is also very suitable for photographers. You can find more information on creative techniques here. After your brainstorming session, the following terms may be part of your list.

Vintage cars, Caribbean, joie de vivre, music, rum, cigarettes, music, Che Guevara …

The list often helps you while you’re travelling to check whether or not you’ve forgotten any important images. Remain receptive to new impressions. This will allow you to bring back a diverse array of images. Put your list in your camera bag and keep checking during while you’re on your travels. You can add to the list whenever you come across new ideas.

Revolutionary hero Che Guevara

Revolutionary hero Che Guevara

Cuban music and Caribbean beauties

Cuban music and Caribbean beauties

Caribbean ambience – Vintage car

Caribbean ambience – Vintage car

(Latin American) Machismo

(Latin American) Machismo

Joie de vivre

Joie de vivre

Vintage cars – Havana Club

Vintage cars – Havana Club

Caribbean dream – Endless beaches – Palm trees

Caribbean dream – Endless beaches – Palm trees

Cuban striking facial features with a cigar

Cuban striking facial features with a cigar

Smoking a cigar in Malécon – Havana

Smoking a cigar in Malécon – Havana

… and another cigar …

… and another cigar …

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