The Beauty of “Creative Constraints”

The Beauty of “Creative Constraints”

I was having a chat with my friend Paul McCann about cameras in photography. He made a great point: why is it that we as photographers always talk about the camera we want that will apparently make us more creative rather than using the cameras we already own to create art?


I think we can make beautiful art regardless of the tools or instruments we have. Rather than goading for what we don’t have.


The best example in landscape photography is the emergence of “mobile landscape photography”, in which photographers from all around the world are only using smartphones to make beautiful images.


But some people say: “Oh, but a smartphone isn’t a real camera and that it has limitations. It has low ISO capability, you can’t print it big, and it isn’t as responsive as a real camera.


But these limitations can actually help our creativity. They call it “creative constraints.” If your smartphone has poor image quality, then it forces you to only shoot in good light. If your smartphone has a slow autofocus then you can focus on just shooting landscapes who aren’t moving.


Also if you think about it, the art of photography itself is about constraining reality into a single frame. What you keep out of the frame is more important than what you decide to leave in the frame.


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