Take Ten – Exercising that Creative Muscle

Creativity, it’s a funny old thing isn’t it?

As creatives we often sit and wait for inspiration to strike before we do our thing. Drawing, making, knitting, writing, painting, photographing, whatever it is that our creative thing may be, we sit around not doing it, waiting for inspiration. But the truth is that the more we sit around waiting for inspiration and not doing our thing, the less inspired and motivated we become.

And obviously I don’t mean work for clients here, when someone is relying on us its easy to be inspired. I mean the personal stuff, the things that we do to experiment and play, that feed our creative souls and improve and advance our work.

Its like a vicious circle and the longer it goes on the harder it gets to break. And that’s why, at the back of my mind, I’d been carrying this idea of “Take Ten” or some other variation of it. I seemed to have a spell of seeing very similar ideas in blog posts and its a great way to exercise that creative muscle.

The essence of the idea is that you challenge yourself to take a certain number of images of the same subject and set some restrictions. I’ve seen people say 12 pictures or twenty pictures but without moving your feet or other variations. I decided on ten images with a 50mm lens and without moving the object itself (mainly because we were in a luxury holiday apartment and I didn’t want to lose the breakage deposit we had paid!!).

We had a rainy couple of hours and I’d already felt myself drawn to this wonderful boat in the window so I decided to make it my first ever “Take Ten” subject.

Still life photography. Online photography courses.

Still life photography. Online photography courses.

Still life photography. Online photography courses.

Still life photography. Online photography courses.

Still life photography. Online photography courses.

Not only does this mini challenge get that creative muscle going it also makes you really appreciate your subject as you study every viewpoint, every line and curve, all those small details and wonderful textures. Why not give it a try? I’m sure it would work if your creative thing is painting or drawing too.

And if you’d like something else to challenge you for the next few weeks why not give the free course Beyond Snapshots a try? Just click here to sign up!