Top Tips for finding your Creative Vision

An artist is defined by the mediums he or she chooses to use. The definition of art however has been expanding during the last decade and creatives are finding new mediums to express human imagination and creativity.

This month we will be focusing on the art of photography.

A photo can speak a thousand words, can convey messages emotions that words cannot, and can connect the human spirit across the world. Many people think that photography is just about capturing the moment. However to the creative it is much more than that. The lighting, angle, and precision of the shot is a creative expression that fuses a captured moment with the unique perspective of the photographer. With today’s tools, photographers can adjust the lighting, add effects, and create a brand new experience for the audience in post production.

We are highlighting the work of a few of our talented members and how their own artistic vision for expression through photography inspires their creative work.

Sam Litvin Photography — 3rdspace Member Sam Litvin

1) How would you describe your vision for using photography as your creative medium?

A photograph is a story that you choose to tell people. It is crafted to connect, to express emotion and everything in it must tell that story. If it anything in the photograph doesn’t add to the story, then it either detracts or distracts from the main story. A photograph has to be technically flawless and the subject must have meaning to you and composed in such a way as to tell the world your thoughts, your experience and your expression. The photograph must tell the world why that photograph is important.

2) How does your creative vision translate into how and what photos you take?

Every photo has the approach of seeing something in the world that made me stop and when I take it, it should stop others.

3) Where do you see the future of photography going in the next 5 years?

Technology enables us to capture those experiences which we could not capture before as well as allowing us to have experiences we’ve never had before. It will continue to enable us to tell the human story in a fuller way and have more impact on how we see the world by making more of the world available to us. Whether that will be through more rugged cameras which can take pictures better in worse conditions, 3-D, VR or on drones. With the current leaps in technology the only thing one can say is how it will be in six months. Any more than that is going to be a conservative guess.

4) What is your best tip for someone trying to improve their photography?

Take a class. Photography is a skill and a craft that requires understanding of light and the technology. To understand how the camera works and why the functions are there is the best way to improve your skills in order to use the tools to the best of their potential. We take time to snap a picture and energy to cary around a camera, why not make those pictures be good enough to keep and go back to again and again, and have others want to see them? It doesn’t have to take much to start, 1–3 hour classes can have drastic results. It is amazing to see people with fancy cameras who used them for point and shoot, learning the functions, understanding the camera and getting amazing pictures that they didn’t know they could before.

5) What advice would you give someone who is looking to find their creative voice?

Understand what you see and then learn the technique and craft to become technically proficient at expressing that creative voice. Most people can’t express themselves not for the lack of trying but for the lack of time invested practice and desire to understand how to best express themselves. That often takes humility to find a teacher and an understanding that you may not know everything.

Month of the Wolf — 3S Member Josh Perkins

1) How would you describe your vision for using photography as your creative medium?

To express different emotions through film. Film has a quality to it that tends to always come out and say something. Photographs that look like the 1950’s, whether it’d be landscapes, people, industrial areas, cities, etc. Shooting film is always exciting because you never know what your going to get. Using photography as a medium exposes truth to me.

2) How does your creative vision translate into how and what photos you take?

Recently I have been shooting people more so than anything else. In the years prior I was really into shooting landscapes throughout California and further south. Recently, I have enjoyed shooting different types of people whether it’d be a man in a black suit and tie down to a woman wearing nothing. Everyone I have shot have been amazing people to work with, I can’t express my gratitude enough to the people that have given me their time as they all have been extremely photogenic, Ashlea Fox, Kelly Kling, bands such as ENDever, Ocelot, the list goes on.

3) Where do you see the future of photography going in the next 5 years?

Obviously, digital is the norm and will continue to advance.

4) What is your best tip for someone trying to improve their photography?

As far as tips for someone trying to improve I would say start from the beginning and work your way forward. What I mean by that is to start with film then move on to digital. If you can use a film camera properly, you will be able to handle digital like an ace. To put out content that screams for the truth.

5) What advice would you give someone who is looking to find their creative voice?

Advice to someone looking to find their creative voice is to maintain a sense of vulnerability and lay themselves bare in terms of the work. To be bold, to express whatever it is your trying to say in the most straightforward way possible. Confidence.

Oliver Asis Photography — 3S Member Oliver Asis

1) How would you describe your vision for using photography as your creative medium?

My vision for using photography as my creative medium is a way for me to show people the unseen beauty in the everyday. It has become a way for me to share how I see the world and also I way for me to bring attention to the little things and things that go mostly unnoticed.

2) How does your creative vision translate into how and what photos you take?

My creative vision drives me to constantly be looking for things. I’m always looking out for things that stick out and doing further examination of the subject. Additionally it has also driven me into doing a lot of research and preparation for particular photographs. I find doing the research and understanding the “why” behind things makes the photograph even more special for me. And I try to convey that “why” in my photographs.

3) Where do you see the future of photography going in the next 5 years?

Within the next five years photography is going to be more dimensional. Photographs in the future, I believe it will be more immersive and provide a much more richer experience than they do now. But I also still see the printed photo still being a major player in photography.

4) What is your best tip for someone trying to improve their photography?

The best tip for someone to improve their photography is simple: Create / Take a picture everyday.

5) What advice would you give someone who is looking to find their creative voice?

My advice for someone who is looking to find their creative voice is to first look to people & subjects that inspire them. Understand the rules and processes. Use that as the foundation to build on. And then after that play, experiment, refine, and repeat. Just remember: A.B.C — Always be Creating!


Originally published at 3rdspace.co on January 26, 2016.