Every photographer goes through it, but sometimes we are reluctant to admit it. The lack of creative productivity seems to come with equal doses of frustration and shame. Such feelings hardly leave us inspired to pick up the camera.
Some will feel further frustrated waiting for that elusive spark of inspiration to strike. But the truth of it is that she rarely pays a visit when you or I find ourselves in this muck of non-creativity.
The great artist, Chuck Close been quoted as saying, “Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” His comments speaks to the truth of any creative effort which is that it’s often the work itself that draws us out inactivity and puts us into the heart of our expression and creativity.
Here are some tips for getting out and doing just that.
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I’m going to go out on a whim and bet that just about everybody has gigabyte upon gigabyte of stored photos just sitting there, confined to the dark storage space that is your hard drive(s). Polaroid wants to take that dark hole and make some prints out of them. They plan to open a chain of “Fotobars” which are essentially print shops designed specifically for our digital-obsessed age. Unfortunately, no alcohol, guys.
Instead of viewing your photos from a computer screen, you can take your collection of photos to a Fotobar where you can quickly transfer and edit them for print. The editing capabilities are of the simple and easy-to-fix variety, such as red-eye, brightness, contrast, and you can even slap on a filter to top it off. After that, you can choose from a variety materials on which to print your images, including wood, bamboo, or metal. Now, rather than going out to buy expensive art pieces or decor for your home, you can practically make your own.
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If you’re looking to get large prints made for that wedding, model or landscape you’re shooting then consider the fact that Bay Photo has a promo code to get 40% off of large prints. By definition, large prints are 16×16 or larger. The offer only lasts until February 15th, the day after Valentine’s Day.