Comparison Kills Creativity: Thru the Eyes of a Child (Day 20)

It is now day 20 of my “Comparison Kills Creativity” (“CKC”) Campaign. This is where I challenged my blog readers to refrain from looking at the work of anyone in the same line of business as they (e.g. if you’re a portrait photographer, don’t look at anyone else’s portrait work, etc.) Instead, for that month, get your inspiration from other types of photographers, from films, TV, nature, etc…

Or, as in the case of today’s encouragement, from the eyes of a child.

The photo below was taken with a point and shoot by my 4-year-old son. He LOVES taking pictures. And he’s been fascinated with the view from our hotel room. When Tasra showed me this photo, I was amazed. Daddy was quite proud.

For those of you doing your own month-long CKC challenge, try to look at your world through the eyes of a child. Get down to their level and see what they see and how they see it. How would a 4-year-old look at a wedding dress? A cake? A long stairway? A skyline? Or whatever it is you shoot. If you have access to a 4-year-old, put a camera or a Flip video camcorder in his/her hand then see what you get. Then see if you copy it in your own unique style. Try it!

I love how the reflection of the flash looks like the sun cresting over the skyline.
I love how the reflection of the flash looks like the sun cresting over the skyline.

Note: I’ll post the answer from my last CKC update at the end of the month.

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