Sometimes we get into a creative rut that limits us and what we can do. If you’re shooting commercial work all the time, it’s important to keep building personal work to keep your creative edge alive. But if you’re shooting for yourself, then it’s important to just go out there and shoot. And even though it’s a tough task, finding inspiration or vision in nearly anything can also help you to progress creatively.
But for the moment, here are 15 quick tips on how to stay photographically inspired.
Colorization of photos can be extremely tough and often takes loads and loads of thought. And artist Michael Catanachapodaca seems to have it all down to a methodical science. She is a native of Las Cruces, NM. Her graphic design work has been commissioned for various projects, including the cover of Royal Amber by Jeannette Harben and logo/branding design for cocoàgogo solid lotion. Her fine art also can be found in multiple private collections. But as you’ll see in the photos below, she does an excellent job of modernizing so many great vintage photos.
If there is anything photographers are hungry for besides new gear, it’s a thoughtful and insightful critique of their work. It’s not as easy to find as one might think. There are no shortages of people who will voice their opinion on your photography, but what we are often looking for is a fresh perspective. We desire a point of view that not only confirms that we are doing something right, but that also suggests how to take our work to the next level.
Eyeist is an online photography review site, which offers the kind of evaluation, and critique that is often relegated to in-person portfolio reviews at photo conventions or media speed dating events. Using the tools of the Internet, Eyeist brings together photographers with industry professionals including photo editors, art buyers and professional photographers. It offers photographers a chance to receive feedback and make contact with people who are actively working with or as professional photographers.
At Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Asus just presented the Transformer Pad Infinity, an Android tablet that seems to be targetet directly at the iPad crowd–which comprises of loads of photographers. With hi-dpi screens becoming more and more the standard in mobile computing devices, Asus jumped onto the bandwagon and fitted its latest Android tablet with a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel IPS panel, significantly out-resolving the latest generation of Retina iPads. In addition to the gorgeous 10″ screen, the Transformer Pad Infinity sports a 1.9 GHz Tegra 4 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (extendable), the usual wireless connectivity and the capability to output a 4K UHD signal via HDMI (to select screens.)
The Transformer Pad Infinity can be fitted with an optional keyboard dock that will deliver extra power as well as additional periphery ports such as USB 3.0 and an SD card slot. All this goodness combined with the numerous photo-related apps in the Google Play Store make this a viable option for photographers versus the current iPad model. Release date and pricing haven’t been disclosed yet.
JPEGmini has been around for a while now, as a web-interface as well as a standalone app for Mac OS. The clever software that shrinks your JPEG files up to five times from their original size without compromising image quality ist now available as a standalone app for Windows as well. The great thing about JPEGmini is that it creates 100% compatible JPEG files, but uses a special compression algorithm to reduce file size even further, without degrading perceptional image quality. We’re not sure what wizardry they’re using, but you can learn more about it on their website.
JPEGmini can be purchased for US-$ 19.99 via the JPEGmini website or from B&H Photo.
The Apple iPad Mini turned lots of heads, had some people scratching their heads, and sooner or later became quite the hit. Photographers love the iPad. It is an excellent way to show off a portfolio, as it is small and can accomplish many of the tasks we often need to do. But with the release of both the iPad Mini and iPad 4, why would a photographer prefer the Mini over anything else?