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Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to fall into a rut. It’s not so easy to climb out of one. Often when we find a certain process, or visual framework that works for us, it becomes hard to move on from there. This kind of dependency works against the creative process by stifling our ability to see things in a new way. Sometimes the only way to escape this trap is to be intentional and to actively seek new answers, new ways of seeing or experiencing the world around us.


It matters little if you are famous or unknown, creative growth demands that you evolve. It is the natural order of things. If you find a niche in which you are comfortable, it is important that you keep exploring new ideas and processes, otherwise it is only a matter of time before your niche can become a prison from which escape will become harder and harder the longer you inhabit it.

So, how do we step out of our boxes? How do we change our habits to attain a new level of creativity? It can be as easy as changing a lens to work from a new angle of view, if your work is predominately wide landscapes, you may want to start doing close-up/macro work for a while. Experiment with black and white and learn what it takes to make a successful B&W image. By changing the way you think about and approach your work, you are, in effect, flexing your creative muscles, allowing the juices to flow, and opening new areas of exploration, thereby broadening your creative potential


I’m not saying that we need to totally discard the things that work for us, but we do need to keep the edge sharp. Like anything else in life, creativity suffers from narrow-mindedness. So, don’t be afraid to try something new or different. The results may surprise you.








11 responses

  1. Excellent advice and fabulous images Jim.


    December 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

    • Thanks. One of the things I’m doing to step out of my box is “blue hour”, long exposure work. I really liked your aurora borealis images.

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      December 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

  2. Reblogged this on VIVIMETALIUN.


    December 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

  3. I agree we must change after a time to discover new things


    December 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

  4. I have to say that having a friend who cajoles me into taking that extra step sometimes is an invaluable aid in stepping out of the box. Thanks Robin.


    December 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

  5. Thanks for this post and the beautiful photographs… I feel that I need to be more creative and do some things differently on my photoblog too… Or maybe just add something new… I really appreciate this wake up call 🙂


    December 14, 2014 at 4:39 am

  6. Love your photos and this post was motivating.


    December 27, 2014 at 1:45 am

  7. coole foto


    December 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

  8. ware is dat!
    a bejutefol foto


    December 27, 2014 at 8:04 am

  9. I love the effect you got with the telephone posts


    December 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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