When working on capturing your own creative vision, here’s another useful tip in getting the most out of your work – pick a theme when looking for creative inspiration.  A theme can be a useful cornerstone or building block which you can use as a springboard to get started on projects.

The reason why themes are such useful tools is because this can also give you the basis for telling a story, which is a commonality of many powerful and evocative works, whether that story is natural beauty (landscapes), urban decay (architecture), romantic moments (wedding photography), etc.

I’ve put together a short list of a couple great starting points for themes to tell your creative stories:

  • Laughter
  • Faces
  • Circles
  • Skies
  • Glass
  • Fences
  • Freedom

Any themes that catch your eye – give you a creative idea?  What about other ideas or themes?  I’d love to hear your ideas, so feel free to share them in the comment section, or via email.  You can reach me, as always, at jason <AT> canonblogger <DOT> com.  Happy shooting everyone!  Don’t forget the August contest to win a Wacom Bamboo fun is underway – with the Flickr thread up and running here:  Win a Wacom! Now, to kick start the weekend… a little WTD humor:


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4 thoughts on “Pick a theme – tell a story

  1. This is the theme I’m currently working with:

    All related to trying to put a positive spin on the current economy. I would welcome any suggestions you might care to share.

    Other themes on my list:
    My Ordinary Life
    My Hometown (I live in NYC, so this one should be interesting.)
    Under the Microscope (I’m thinking macro for this one.

  2. I always try and pick some kind of theme when I am out of ideas for shooting Jason. It works well as a kick start. Another thing I like to do is choose an aperturure and stick to it throughout a shoot. For example, shoot everything that day at f/2.8 or f/1.2 etc.
    .-= Kevin Mullins´s last blog ..Big Pit: National Coal Museum =-.

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