Lesson One: Inspiration!
For the very first lesson, we are going to be talking about inspiration. What is it that you would really like to take better photos of? A new puppy? Daily outfit photos? Your adorable niece or nephew? Are you a crafter interested in cataloguing or selling your creations? Do you want to take a photo-a-day of yourself for a year? Pick something that excites you. Got it? Okay. This is going to be the subject you use to apply the techniques I will be presenting in future posts.
Start an inspiration journal
First, we are going to start an inspiration journal by taking an evening to go through our old magazines, as well as scouring the internet, books, etc. Then we’ll print or rip out the images that inspire us and put them into our journal (Don’t want to destroy a book or magazine? Just take a picture of it and print it out). The things we put in our journals do not have to be photography-based: they can be outfits, stylings, an actor, a color – anything. This way we are starting to keep a visual reference of the things we like without having to sift through the stuff we don’t. Oh and don’t stop….keep adding to your journal whenever you see something you love.
Join an online Group.
There are flickr groups out there for EVERYTHING. Find one that fits your subject, join it, and start uploading some images to it. This is a great way to receive constructive feedback on your images and keeps you motivated to continue shooting.
Join The ModCloth Photo School Flickr group.
Start uploading images of your inspiration journals and your inspirations. We will use this group for future assignments and contests! Feel free to upload any photos you wish!
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