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They are all interconnected.

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Try not to work in isolation, I believe everything is interlinked when it comes to art. If you are a photographer or aspiring to be one, you have to study a lot of different subjects. Yes you need to understand your photography stuff like your gear and lights, and so on, but that is just the beginning of your journey. You then have to make what you are shooting interesting, it depends on you, it can be very simple it can be very dramatic. So what other things do you have to consider?

Ever wondered why you love some images and you just can’t tell exactly what it is about the photograph that makes the image tick? Yes it can be beautiful, yes the colors may pop, yes the location may or may not be exotic or grimy or grungy depending on the type of photograph. I believe it’s the subtle stuff that goes unnoticed that make the difference e.g. things like the model’s pose that you never actively noticed, give the image grace, make the image regal, movement, subtle facial expressions like squinting of the eyes, the time of day the shot was taken e.g. the golden hour and so on. Trust me as an artist/photographer you have to be aware of these subtle details, I don’t think you can ever actually master them, but noticing them is alone is the beginning of getting better in the long run.

So going forward learn as much as you can on an ongoing basis, be it posing, styling, makeup, be it communicating better with your subject during the shoot to get “that” expression. e.t.c learn as much as you can because for a fantastic shot all these things come together to make it what it is, so learn as much as you can to be able to tap into them and make your images stand out.

Something to Consider In Photography.

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Are you familiar with the quote “spray and pray” in photography? I think we’ve all done it, at least when we first started out. You take pictures, lots of pictures hoping that by magic you get that good shot through luck. It happens make no mistake, but rarely. Let me recommend an alternative………..

Do it with purpose. Before your next shoot and during your shoot keep asking yourself the following questions.

Why are my shooting?

What are my shooting?

What makes it unique?

What am I trying to say?

What is the concept?

What is the setting?

What angles will I shoot from?

What kind of light will I be using?

What type of light diffusers will be ideal?

e.t.c

By doing so we give the whole experience a sense of purpose, a direction. Thereby controlling the whole experience. Brooke Shaden (check her on instagram) gave us a template to start with, she recommends we consider the following when coming up with a concept for a shoot. They are:

  • Color
  • Prop
  • Wardrobe
  • Setting
  • Theme

I think that they are a great starting point for any shoot and we should consider them when next we are shooting. So for your next photography session you may want to consider or incorporate these suggestions. So get out there and start shooting.

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The Importance of Museums & Exhibitions

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Still on the topic of inspiration, I cannot stress enough the importance of visiting museums and galleries, especially art galleries. You can find links (October Rain 2017 and Art X Lagos) of the last two exhibitions I attended which may or may not be a source of inspiration. There is nothing as inspiring to an artist as seeing the work of others, galleries and exhibitions have an uncanny ability to bombard your sense of creativity that I feel you can’t get anywhere else.
If you can’t, for whatever reason physically visit a museum or attend relevant exhibition you can always do so online. I however I recommend you  get out of your comfort zone and physically go to one. I think there is a certain feeling you get when you attend galleries as opposed to just checking out art in the comfort of your chair or sofa. Such as interacting with others, speaking to the artists themselves who can actually give you insights into what was going on in their mind while creating that particular piece of art, and so on. You just can’t get that online, yes you can communicate via messages depending on the online exhibition, but I feel it is fairly limited.
So find out about upcoming exhibitions  and visit galleries in your area and whatever you do constantly bombard your senses with inspirational images/art/sculpture and so on to get your creative juices flowing.
Side note:
If you are ever in Lagos, Nigeria; I highly recommend you visit the Nike Art Gallery, you won’t regret you did. Their instagram handle is nikeartgallery. So check them out.
Below are  some of my favorite artists works on-line, check out their work. Spoiler alert, they are amazing.
Brooke Shaden –https://brookeshaden.com/
Stanley Lau (Artgerm)  – http://artgerm.com/
Justin Dingwall – http://www.justindingwall.com/
Aleksei Vinogradov – https://avvart.deviantart.com/
Sergey Muzlov – http://muzlov.com/
Now tell me after checking out out these artist that you are not inspired to create. So get out there, be inspired and go create!!
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Inspiration

You can get it from anywhere at any time. Try to keep a log, a note, a drawing, anything to help you remember for the future, especially when you are void of it. Like I mentioned in the past I use Evernote for so many things especially to help me remember things. I keep inspirational images for the future, be it something I clipped on-line that can inspire me to creating something new. I noticed that if you don’t keep a record you forget and invariably it is gone forever. So keep notes, keep images, keep ideas, keep concepts and you will have stock pile of inspirational stuff for when you lack any sense of creative ideas which you are guaranteed to get from time to time..
So what do I do when I lack inspiration? I keep busy? Huh you ask? Let me explain. You see by keeping busy it takes my mind to other things that are important say, improvements to my website, writing my blog, e.t.c. You see I noticed that when I keep busy I find that my subconscious mind goes to work for me, and at odd times I get something. If I don’t get anything from my subconscious mind, at least I have been productive in a different aspect. So either way I don’t lose. Try to keep, busy doing productive work and you never know what may come your way. What is however critical is you have a means of recording your ideas when you come across them, for if you don’t record it you lose it. Heck if you are driving find a safe place to park and record it. You’ll be glad you did.
Keep moving, persist, and never stay still. Who knows when you’ll get that million dollar idea, concept, or work that you’ll be proud of.

Below is one of my artistic portraits from a raw photograph I wasn’t a fan of.

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Do you need a Graphics Tablet?

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People generally ask me if you really need a graphics tablet for post-production in photography or digital art. I’ll be frank, you do. Yes you can get away with not using one initially; say for post-production in Lightroom and even Photoshop. Over time however you will notice its limitations. For digital art in particular you just can’t get very far.
Why? The main reason is precision. You just can’t be precise with a mouse.  They also offer what is called pen pressure which can be particularly useful when you are painting i.e. the harder you press the pen the thicker you lines or vice versa, with a mouse all you get is an even line/stroke when painting. You just can’t do very much when shading with a mouse. Yes a graphics tablet takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you are a traditional artist/painter but the potential is limitless. So get one and start practicing.
If you plan on working in Lightroom exclusively a graphics tablet may not seem as important. I use both Lightroom and Photoshop for my work and I can say that a graphics tablet greatly helps my workflow. Getting used to one may take you a few weeks of consistent practice, depending on how much you practice, but stick with it.
I use a Wacom tablet and it gets the job done, I’ve been using my current one for about 2 years and I don’t feel the need to change it. So depending on the one you purchase, they do last a long time. So get practicing and thank me later.
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At the Omu Resort.

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Above is picture taken in Lagos Nigeria at the Omu Resort. It was taken about a year ago but I noticed that I just didn’t get to share it with my followers.  The young boy was not aware I was taking it, if he was it wouldn’t have turned out as I would have liked. I think. To get the shot I had to take the following into account:
  • Take many shots, just in case.
  • Shoot in wide angle so I can crop later if I need to.
  • Crop were necessary so that he is the subject of the shot.
  • Take into account my composition.
  • Wait, wait and wait.
  • Enhance my colors until I am satisfied.
Remember these points the next time you shoot! It helps.
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