September 28, 2023


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Kristina Sherk’s 5 Tricks to Keep Inventive in 2023

Most photographers have skilled considerably of a piece bounce-back over the previous 12 months and don’t get me fallacious, that’s a fantastic factor. As we get well long-rescheduled jobs and income from the previous few years, it’s straightforward to work your self tougher and longer than you beforehand did. The reminiscence of not with the ability to put meals on the desk for my household throughout the shutdown nonetheless hits me on a visceral degree. I keep in mind the sentiments as if I’m reliving it once more, as if it was yesterday. Throughout my sluggish work time, it was virtually cathartic to be artistic and create private work. It served as an outlet for my angst and nervousness about what tomorrow would possibly convey. And I’m positive you’d agree, it was an emotional curler coaster. 

So now, with the proverbial whiplash of being flung proper again into the frenzy of shopper work, compounded by the worry of what tomorrow would possibly convey…or take away. I can’t assist however tackle every job that comes by way of the door. However this presents an issue of it’s personal: burn out. And my, did it come on quick!  

Right here, I supply some strategies to remain artistic throughout 2023, in hopes that some (and even one) of my suggestions will assist enhance your work/life stability. Serving to you’re feeling full and fulfilled as not solely a service supplier, however as an artist, too. 

5 Tricks to Keep Inventive in 2023

Tip 1: Put aside vital time for private initiatives.

As artists, we have to keep fulfilled with the intention to keep away from burnout. We have to fill our cups with the artistic juices that we run on. However this will’t be carried out in a day. It must be devoted time, I do know it’s scary however do it. Block it off in your calendar and DON’T transfer it if a shopper requires that date. I personally discover it very laborious to be artistic if my shopper to-do checklist is pinging round in my head. So not solely do you could reserve time for private initiatives, however schedule it on a Monday, after you’ve had the weekend to decompress and get out of ‘work’ mode. 

Tip 2: Discover different artwork kinds.

For me personally, my greatest battle when creating concepts for composites is arising with the concepts in my head. I do know I’ve the Photoshop expertise to execute them, however my mind simply doesn’t naturally go to the surreal worlds and realms that I do know are overflowing with visible inspirations that I can translate into my composites.

[Read: 10 Questions for Photo Retoucher Kristina Sherk]

These days, I’ve discovered inspiration in AI artwork (I notably love the iridescent coloration schemes I see in a number of the creations,) in addition to following some surreal painters on Instagram. And lastly, a number of the immersive touring artwork installations are actually eye opening. They will let you expertise an artwork kind like portray not solely along with your eyes however with all of your senses and in 3D as a substitute of 2D. In the event you haven’t been to at least one, positively verify them out. 

Tip 3: Use one thing in an unintended manner.

This may power your mind to assume ‘outdoors the field.’ Listed below are two methods I’ve carried out this these days: I wished to include some new cool out of focus components into my magnificence work, so I took my digital camera to a craft retailer and began taking footage of all kinds of issues out of focus, seeing what kind of bokeh or cool results they’d give me. (Facet Be aware: In the event you’re attending my WPPI class, Create Beauty Images from Start to Finish, you’re in for some actually enjoyable stuff). Simply doing that one small exploratory mission left me SO impressed and exploding with concepts! Beneath you’ll see three examples the place I used one thing in an unorthodox manner. The primary is items of graphite rocks for combined media functions, however I attempted to make use of them as eyeshadow. Subsequent are sprinkles and incorporating them right into a magnificence shot. Lastly, some examples of utilizing non permanent tattoos as make-up for creating one thing completely different. 

creative beauty shot with rocks on eyelid
Graphite rocks used as eyeshadow. © Kristina Sherk Pictures
creative image with sprinkles on girl's face.
Sprinkles for a magnificence shot. © Kristina Sherk Pictures
portrait with  temporary tattoo on face.
Short-term tattoos assist create one thing completely different.
© Kristina Sherk Pictures

Tip 4: Restrict your self.

This sounds counterintuitive nevertheless it forces you to assume in several methods and discover new options. In the end main you to be a extra artistic particular person. For instance, for those who’re a coloration photographer. Give your self the problem to solely shoot black and white for a month. Or in case you are a photographer who swears by zoom lenses, decide to solely utilizing a major 50mm lens for a month. That’s it. You’ll be completely amazed on the quantity of data you collect if you do a deep dive into one thing you’re feeling like you already know little about. It’s a beautiful option to develop as each an artist and a human. 

Tip 5: Attend WPPI!

I do know, I do know. This can be a little little bit of a cop-out. However simply hear me out. Each time I attend a convention. I all the time return supercharged and excited in regards to the concepts that have been sparked whereas I used to be there. This comes from connecting with like minded folks, watching demos from a number of the most gifted photographers in our area, listening to a few new product that’s simply been launched. The checklist goes on and on. 

[Read: Photo Composites: From Concept to Final Image]

In the event you’re already going to the present, congratulations! However you are able to do one higher. Open the present listing to the agenda and blindly put your pen down on one class. Make it your wild card, and decide to GOING to it even for those who don’t have any curiosity within the subject. I assure you, you’ll be taught one thing useful to your enterprise. It may very well be a brand new gross sales technique, a brand new option to handle workflow, a brand new photoshop trick, a brand new lighting method, or an essential tip about contracts. Regardless, you and your enterprise might be higher for it.    

Frequently creating work for others can have a tendency to go away us feeling drained and unmotivated. So let’s commit to creating time to remain artistic and impressed throughout this 2023 season. Thanks for studying and I’ll see you all at WPPI!

Kristina has two courses at WPPI 2023: Create Magnificence Photographs From Begin to End takes place Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to three p.m. Edit Anyplace, Anytime – Utilizing Lightroom Cell takes place Wednesday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Register for WPPI 2023 here.

Kristina Sherk on doing personal projects.

For the previous 15 years, Kristina Sherk has been a retoucher and Photoshop educator primarily based out of Washington, D.C. She loves “translating Photoshop” for photographers and subsequently, has spoken at CreativeLive, Photoshop World, KelbyOne, AdobeMAX, Canon, LinkedIn Studying, ImagingUSA, and WPPI. She’s additionally a contributing creator for instructional publications like Photoshop Consumer Journal, and Lightroom Journal.