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As photographers it is pretty much in our job description to produce creative and inspiring work. However, there’s always a point in time when creativity is low—writers call it ‘writer’s block’.

So how do we combat this unwelcome phenomenon? Luckily there are a few tips to help you keep your work fresh and creative!

Surround yourself with creativity
You may or may not know that you’re not the only artist out there. In fact, the Internet is home to millions of artists. Spend an hour or two browsing the web to find all sorts of wonderful photography to draw inspiration from.

Art provides infinite inspiration
Photography isn’t the only thing you will find inspiring. Paintings, architecture, and even sculptures can have a similar effect. Don’t just limit yourself to visual work for finding creativity. Music and writing are just as inspiring; in fact music may be the most helpful tool I turn to when looking for inspiration. Expanding your knowledge is key to increasing creativity.

Lose yourself
Not literally, but metaphorically. Take a step back from your work schedule and responsibilities and go for a nature walk. From the sights to the sounds, there’s creativity all around. You’ll find that the world itself is an inspiring place.

Learn something new
Sometimes the creativity is in us, we just need the right key to unlock it. You’ve always seen those incredible HDRs and panoramic images but thought it was too tricky to try out. Maybe that’s just what your creative side needs: a challenge. Learning a new technique will not only challenge you but it might just awaken some hidden potential, and of course, creativity.

Be a “social” photographer
This should be the easiest step to follow. If you’re reading this article then it is safe to assume you’re pretty handy with the Internet—so use it! There are tons of photo-sharing sites to display and discuss your work. Sites like http://www.500px.com and http://www.flickr.com bring photographers from all over the world together and are the perfect places to talk about photography. Sharing your experiences as well as hearing new ones will expand your knowledge and further your creative spirit.

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Filled with life and energy, most cities present their charm in so many different ways. Antique buildings are framed by decades of architectural constructions, showing us the variety of different styles.

Bridges connecting, enchanting and touching parts of areas which are aligned or in contrast with its surroundings. You have to be open for the unexpected and prepared for the beauty of shapes, scenes and tightness of those places.

The Rialto Bridge in Venice is the most famous of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal.

Every lens is perfect, depending on the outcome you wish to see.

Capture a house front with your tele lens or maybe a skyline with your wide angle lens. The fun in discovering and photographing inner city areas and its artistic flair can take you to areas you might have passed so many times and never seen the extraordinary nature before.

Open your eyes and learn to see the things most of us take for granted.

Enjoy! 🙂

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What is ISO?

In digital photography ISO (International Standards Organization) reflects the sensitivity of the image sensor. The lower the number the less sensitive your camera is to light but also means the grain in the photograph is finer.

Higher ISO settings are usually used when you need more light in darker areas to increase your shutter speed. For example in sports photography where  you want to freeze the action in lower light conditions.

Typically ISO numbers start from 100 – 200 (Base ISO) and increment in value in geometric progression ( x2). That means the ISO sequence is 100, 200,400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 ….

The important thing to understand is that each step between the numbers doubles the sensitivity of the image sensor. When the sensor is more sensible to light it needs less time to capture an image which leads to shorter shutter speed times.

ISO/Speed example:

ISO 100    – 1s

ISO 200    – 1/2s

ISO 400    – 1/4s

ISO 800    – 1/8s

ISO 1600  – 1/16s

…………and so on.

Quality wise the lower the ISO you use on your camera the better/smoother your image quality.

To increase the ISO also increases the grain in picture. The image sensor has to work harder to establish an effective image, which thereby produces more digital noise (multi-colored speckles in the shadows and the midtones).

What is digital noise? It is any light signal that does not originate from the subject and therefore creates random color in an image. The image sensor is designed to perform best at the lowest ISO (just like with film). Many photographers use the digital noise for individual artistic projects .

Have fun trying out all possibilities your camera offers and use your ISO as often as you can to create different styles! 🙂

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Most of the people make some kind of New Year’s Resolutions. Are you one of them?

I like to start things right away without any delay. There are so many beautiful places in this world which I still have to visit and to capture.

Here are some important tips you might like for your adventure to tell YOUR story of far away places.

– Create a list of places of your destination you want to photograph

– Check weather conditions but don’t give up on a day without a blue sky, it might be just right

– Give architecture its credit

– Include every day life

Those are just a few examples and I leave the rest to you and your endless creativity of memorizing and showcase a special destination which could be right around the corner or thousands of miles away.

 

Happy New Year and Happy Shooting!

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