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Authored by well-recognized photographer, Brooke Shaden, Inspiration in Photography from Focal Press offers an introduction into Shaden's work and highlights some of her photographic techniques. Through the use of different exercises, this book's aim is to help develop inspiration based on your common-day surroundings. In addition to real-world exercises, tips are also given on how to compose, plan, and shoot colorful, atmospheric, fairy-tale-like, and artistic photographs, reminiscent of Shaden's own work. Straddling the line between developing your own photographic style and referencing the author's work, this publication provides insight on how to develop and recognize inspiration in everyday circumstances.
Personal History -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 User 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