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5 Things You Can Do to Jump-start Your Creativity

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1) Shoot film. Because you won’t get the instant feedback of digital, you’ll have to use bits of your brain that have probably been dormant for a while. 2) Go look at other art. Museums, galleries, wherever you can find art. Think about the process of these other artists and compare it with your own. 3) Meditate. Quieting your mind will help open it up to fresh ideas. Do this regularly for best effect. 4)…

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Breaking the Rules

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For quite some time now, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz in the advertising world about how the days of using traditional print or television advertising to grab market share are fading.  People are too busy and have so much more control over what they’re willing to pay attention to that “interruption marketing” doesn’t really cut it any more. It’s gotten me thinking that the same philosophy applies to our clients as well. Not…

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This Week We Focus on Creativity

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Stop me if you have heard this before. When I write  about photographing I sometimes feel that I’m repeating the same thing over in slightly different ways. But then maybe there’s only one thing to say. And it’s something along the lines of, “Everything is everything.” So after writing my last post (Taking Pictures for No Reason At All) I began thinking that the pictures that drew me into photographing—other people’s, not mine—were mostly freestanding…

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The Future of Advertising

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The other day, I read a fascinating article in the Financial Times about the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival which noted a “seismic shift” towards interactive and digital marketing over traditional advertising campaigns. The shift from print to electronic media is old news to photographers – we’ve been talking about that for a couple of years now.   What struck me about this article was a quote from Chuck Brymer, chief executive of DDB Worldwide who…

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Email Troubles You May Not Be Aware Of …

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This week, on three separate occasions, emails from photographers that I know and love, ended up in my spam bucket. Each person was already in my address book; we’d had many successful email exchanges-there had been no previous spam quarantines. Want to know what happened? In each of those cases the photographer had failed to notice that their business email addresses had more than one email account User name or Reply-to name. If all your…

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