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
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: eBook
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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