Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit

Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit

by Brooke Shaden

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As a photographer it’s possible to train your mind to see inspiration in any situation, and this book will show you how. By introducing you into her creative process, Brooke Shaden—one of the most recognized names in modern art photography—reveals techniques and exercises that you can undertake in order to be inspired by your environment, everyday, everywhere. In addition to the exercises, you’ll learn how to compose, plan and shoot colorful, atmospheric, fairy-tale artistic photography, so you can adapt Shaden’s techniques and apply them to your own photographic style. Indeed, all artistic photographers seek to achieve their own style, but it’s not always easy to see how to get there. This book provides the perfect balance of insight and instruction to help you find inspiration whenever you need it, and capitalize on it every time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781134615513
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer and popular blogger living and working in the Los Angeles area where she runs photo workshops. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs, a passion which was recently recognized by Academy award-winning director Ron Howard when he chose her work as part-inspiration for a short film in Canon’s Imagin8tion competition. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story.

Table of Contents

Personal History

-How I got my start

-My philosophy


-Everyone is creative

-Creativity can be learned


-Inspiration is everywhere

-Finding meaning in everything

-Tips & Tools to finding inspiration

Artistic Voice

-Finding your passion

-Harnessing your passion

Defining Your Style

-Define your style before someone else does

Fine Art Photography

-Creating personal work

-Even commercial photography can be fine art

-Follow your passion

-Case Study: Fine Art Photographers

Creating New Worlds

-Embracing your inner "weirdo"

-Listening to your voice

Using Color

-Examples on the different uses of color

-Expert Color User

Using Props

-Examples on the different uses of props

-Amazing Props

Using Costumes

-Examples on the different uses of costumes

-Elaborate Costume Examples

Creating Characters

-The importance of character in all artforms

-How to create a character with substance in one click

Creating a Series

-Putting a story into a series

-Creating interest in more than one photograph

-Case Study: Noah Kalim


-Using yourself as a character, not as a subject

-Benefits to self-portraiture

-Case Study: Natalie Dybisz

The Anonymous Character

-Creating art that is relatable

Dark Art & Surrealism

-Putting your stamp on your art

-Creating tension and controversy

-Case Study: Dark Artist/Surrealist

Fairy Tales

-Taking inspiration from childhood

Under Water Photography

-A dive into a new world

-Case Study: Underwater Photographer

Fine Art Nude

-Using the human form as expression

-Case Study: Tasteful Nudes

Fashion Photography

-Seeing fashion as art

-Case Study: Fashion Photographer

Exercises to Explore Your Creativity

-Wrapping up the ins & outs of inspiration and creative thinking

-10 difference exercises to jog your creative muscle

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Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
robin-d More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing! i bought it because i LOVE brooke shaden's work and she has inspired me to get back into art but i would recommend this book to ANYONE who wants to be inspired and creative not just photographers. the book is gorgeous, the collection of images is amazing, she even includes many other artists and their work. loads of exercises on opening up your inspiration and creativity. truly an inspirational book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is self taught photographer, teaching you how to gain inspiration from within. The book is beautifully written and illustrated. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brooke Shaden is a talented artists and she guides you through her process to allow you to create your own art. I enjoyed her work and her ease in guiding you into a creative process that is all your own.
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tara eveland More than 1 year ago
I found Brooke Shaden this past year and she opened my eyes to the world of creative fine art portraiture. Before this I had all these ideas in my head but I had never considered myself 'creative' even though I have worked in a studio for 11 years and owned my own portrait studio for 2 of those years. I watched her a few times on Creative Live where she was just so inspiring with her words, took notes, and soon started following her blog and youtube where I discovered that she is all about giving back to the art community. Unlike other artists, Brooke will put out there her whole creative process, literally from start to finish, even her editing on the images sometimes, and just shares so much to help others, where other photographers in this cut throat industry would rather die before telling their 'secrets'. I received this book as a Christmas gift from my husband and as soon as it came I ripped open the box like a kid at Christmas! I was surprised to find that even though its a 'softcover' book, it is very large, 12x12 I believe to be exact just looking at it I'm guessing thats the size. There is a lovely pearl finished cover (I believe the texture is a pearl finish, its very lovely) it's a thick book, almost 200 pages packed FULL of images. Not only her images but also 'case studies' of other photographers and their work is featured as well. I have yet to read it, but I have skimmed through the whole book and the amount of images is just wonderful I could look at them all day and read her descriptions on them, I can't wait to read it and as soon as I leave this review I'm going to start.  It has a full list table of contents that starts with how Brooke herself started out, then goes on into different aspects of inspired art, even touches on the 'fashion' art which she does not really do a lot of but it's neat to see the few photos she does include of it. I did read the last few pages where she has her 'inspiration exercises' and I can't wait to try some of the ones I have not yet done (a few I have already learned from watching her on CL).  Brooke is the leading photographer in this genre, and if you are looking to expand your creativity, mind, and seeking inspiration then I highly suggest this book! Even if you are just a lover of art and photography, I recommend it just for the sheer amount of images that are included. I also recommend that you go check out Brooke Shadens blog and possibly Facebook and youtube as well before you buy this if you have never heard of her, because from the negative reviews I could see that a few have bought this book NOT knowing who she was and it is vital to understand her work so you are not disappointed with what you find. She is not going to offer a 'magic wand' of inspiration or a secret ticket to stardom, but what she is going to offer in this book is a whole new world of possibilities and her encouragement to follow your dreams! Now, its only $20 bucks, buy the book and then tell me how much you love it :) Time to dig in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another flaky hippy girl