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Inspiration in Photography: Training Your Mind to Make Great Art a Habit written by Brooke Shaden and published by Focal Press is a 192 page paperback book published in September 2013 that covers creative processes in modern photography and details techniques and exercises that will help photographers practice their creativity. Shaden shows how to create atmospheric, fairy-tale-like photographs and attempts to teach others how to achieve their own unique style.
Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer and blogger in the Los Angeles area where she runs photo workshops. Her work was also chosen as inspiration for a short film in Canon's Imagin8tion competition that was directed by Ron Howard.
-How I got my start
-My philosophy Creativity
-Everyone is creative
-Creativity can be learned Inspiration
-Inspiration is everywhere
-Finding meaning in everything
-Tips & tools to finding inspiration Artistic Voice
-Finding your passion
-Harnessing your passion Defining Your Style
-Define your style before someone else does Fine Art Photography
-Creating personal work
-Even commercial photography can be fine art
-Follow your passion
-Case Study: Fine Art Photographers Creating New Worlds
-Embracing your inner "weirdo"
-Listening to your voice Using Color
-Examples on the different uses of color
-Expert color uses Using Props
-Examples on the different uses of props
-Amazing props Using Costumes
-Examples on the different uses of costumes
-Elaborate costume examples Creating Characters
-The importance of character in all art forms
-How to create a character with substance in one click Creating a Series
-Putting a story into a series
-Creating interest in more than one photograph
-Case Study: Noah Kalim Self-Portraiture
-Using yourself as a character, not as a subject
-Benefits to self-portraiture
-Case Study: Natalie Dybisz The Anonymous Character
-Creating art that is relatable Dark Art & Surrealism
-Putting your stamp on your art
-Creating tension and controversy
-Case Study: Dark Artist/Surrealist Fairy Tales
-Taking inspiration from childhood Under Water Photography
-A dive into a new world
-Case Study: Underwater Photographer Fine Art Nude
-Using the human form as expression
-Case Study: Tasteful Nudes Fashion Photography
-Seeing fashion as art
-Case Study: Fashion Photographer Exercises to Explore Your Creativity
-Wrapping up the ins & outs of inspiration and creative thinking
-10 difference exercises to jog your creative muscle
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