Photo Tip #17: Silence the Photo Police (Pt. 10): You! As The Photo Police

For the past several weeks I have been talking about the photography status quo. Although many of these rules start from external sources they eventually work their way into our psyche, and we become our own worst photo police. So for the last installment of this series I want to talk about challenging our own photo demons. Too often we create our own creative boxes and it's difficult to recognize that. So how do you know if you are living inside a box? And how do you get out?

Although I can't say it's easy, I can say it's not that hard either. Here are my suggestions. Begin with the assumption that you are already in a box. Then look for inspiration all around you. Simply be inspired. One of the best ways to learn how to create better images is to be inspired by everything around you. Find inspiration in what nature delivers to your front door everyday. Be inspired by the accomplishments of your fellow humans. It can be art in every form, from paintings to sculpture, to design to film and even photography. But don't limit it to creations of art. What about scientific accomplishments. The greatest scientific accomplishments come from the most creative out of the box thinking. What about diplomatic accomplishments? Real conflict resolution comes from extremely creative thinking. Consider what these people had to do to think outside the box and to find their way to inspiration. Then try to do the same.

So look for inspiration and be inspired. Then translate it into your photography. And ENJOY your shooting experiences!