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Looking for some inspiration?

Sometimes you want to shoot but you can’t seem to find any ideas. Or maybe you feel like every shot you take has been done before or you just want to try something new. It’s the photographer’s equivalent of writer’s block. Fortunately there a bunch of places you can go for help getting your creativity flowing:

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Music to make pictures by…

I listen to music a lot. And it seems like lately I’ve come across a fair number of songs that have something to do with cameras. Just for fun, here’s a sampling, some classics, some questionable, and some newer ones, too.

  • Kodachrome by Paul Simon
  • I Turn My Camera On by Spoon
  • F-Stop Blues by Jack Johnson
  • Photograph by Natalie Merchant
  • Photograph by Ringo Starr
  • The Harsh Truth of the Camera by Morrissey
  • A Photograph of You by Depeche Mode
  • Pictures of You by Oingo Boingo
  • Photograph by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Photograph by Camper Van Beethoven

Learning composition: lines and curves

In my last post on composition I covered the basics: what composition is, how you can control exactly what appears in a photo (and what doesn’t), and some tips to get your started. A photo with impact grabs the viewer’s attention right away and doesn’t let go. Subject matter certainly contributes to this. But composition is one of the most important factors. Two photographs of exactly the same subject can look completely different and evoke different feelings in the viewer simply by changing the composition. In this second article, I’ll talk a little bit about another concept: how lines and curves can make a composition stronger.

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