Simple Inspiration Part II

 Simple Inspiration Part II


Last month, with help from a piece by Science Fiction writer Jamie Todd Rubin, we posted content regarding a simple trick to staying inspired in a creative field (post here: Simple Inspiration). Recently, while trying to stay afloat in our sea of constant content, we came across another inspiration article that we couldn't ignore. Luckily, this suggestion is just as simple as our last one.

Originally posted on Photofocus, published author and photographer Brian Matiash, touches on the process of making his old images feel new again.

 Simple Inspiration Part II

Matiash discusses the importance of applying the photography techniques you are constantly learning to your archived photographs. When editing an image you took in the past, using the techniques and processes you've learned since, you quickly realize the changes your photography style has undergone. Although this practice is imperative to understanding and witnessing your growth, it is important to also appreciate the differences. Matiash does not criticize his old works, simply analyzes the variations between the two. He credits this comparison with cementing his confidence in his current techniques, as well as proof of his constantly evolving style.

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Old vs. New comparison of Matiash's photo editing techniques

At the close of the article, Matiash challenges his readers to give this process a try with their own photographs:

"Find images that you had worked on and honestly ask yourself whether you would do anything differently today. Just remember that these older images represent where you were as a photographer, which is such a critical component to knowing where you are now and where you want to go."

 

To read the entire article head to Making Your Old Images Feel New Again on Photofocus.

 Simple Inspiration Part II

Have you tried applying your newly learned techniques to old photographs? What has it taught you in regards to your own photography style? We'd love to hear if you give this process a try and how it helps keep you inspired!

Brian Matiash

Brian Matiash