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How to Keep Your Creativity Flowing

My Top Tips to Help You to Beat Creative Block

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett

When you work in a creative industry there can be pressure to continually produce quality and diverse content, and sometimes the pressure can become too much. We have all fallen victim to creative block at one point or another, but it’s important not to panic.

The most important thing that you can do is to stay positive and keep an open mind. When you are willing to explore the world around you, you can find inspiration just about anywhere.

In photography it’s important to be constantly looking for inspiration and to see beyond what is in front of your eyes. That’s why I’ve put together a few steps that I follow to help keep my creativity flowing when stimulation is running thin.

  1. Many people will not look for inspiration until they are struggling to find any. To stop yourself from hitting a creative block you will need to actively fill yourself with inspiration in your day-to-day life. If you’re walking down the road, watching a film or visiting an art gallery, it’s important to remember those things so that you can look back when your creativity is running dry.
  2. Expose yourself to new things on a regular basis, whether that’s art, books, music or locations. It’s important to not only expose yourself to new things that you know that you enjoy, but also to things that you may not necessarily find yourself drawn to. It’s in these new and out-of-the-ordinary experiences that you’ll discover a much grander spectrum of creativity.
  3. Surround yourself with other creative people in your field and regularly brainstorm ideas with them. Often, just being in an environment where ideas are flowing will inspire you and refresh your creative mind.
  4. Don’t let self-critique become a hindrance. All too often a lack of confidence can stop you in your tracks and by letting it do so you could be stifling your creativity. Being able to provide yourself with constructive criticism is an important step in the creative process but don’t let it hold you back from trying new things.
  5. Keep track of the things that inspire you. There is no point in doing any of the previous steps unless you do something to store the ideas that get your creativity flowing. Keep a notebook with you at all time, or carry a smaller camera in your bag. If you can’t remember the things that inspire you, you will very quickly and regularly hit your creative block.

Photography workshops are a great way to embrace a myriad of stunning outdoor settings across the UK and discover new realms of creativity.

In the silence and charm of nature, you will have the opportunity to illustrate your artistic vision through clever use of the camera.

If you would like to learn more about the ways I can help you to develop your skills and create stunning photographs, visit www.alanranger.com 

hele flows