How to stand out as a professional photographer

While everyone has a camera, great photography is still an art mastered by few.

  • While everyone has a camera in the smartphone era, photography is still an art that takes time and discipline to do well.
  • Learning to use natural light and frame landscapes are two challenging photo skills.
  • Great photography begins by choosing the proper gear for the style you have in mind.
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10 things you did as a kid that you should start doing again

Playing and being creative shouldn't stop when you grow up.

  • Growing up doesn't mean your life has to be all about work.
  • Studies have shown that playing and being creative has numerous health benefits for adults of all ages.
  • Simple exercises like drawing, finishing a puzzle, or taking breaks outdoors can have a positive impact on your life.

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Talent, you’re born with. Creativity, you can grow yourself.

In such states of creative divergent thinking, the body is aroused and the pupils become dilated.

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Creativity, it is said, is intelligence having fun.
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An algorithm produced every possible melody. Now its creators want to destroy songwriter copyrights.

A computer coder and a lawyer decide they have a right to speak for all the songwriters that ever lived, those who are alive today, and all those yet to be born.

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  • A computer coder calculated all of the possible 8-measure, 12-beat melodies possible from Western music's 12 notes.
  • The coder and a lawyer decided to claim ownership of every song melody ever.
  • The two of them submitted all of these songs into the public domain so no one could ever be found in court to be plagiarizing a song.
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Correctness makes you less creative. Here’s why.

Effort-focused exercises often lead to better, more innovative ideas.

  • Anthony Brandt argues that everyone is born with the facilities for creativity. Being creative means being a risk-taker, and that's something that needs to be encouraged and taught to children.
  • Techniques such as sandboxing place more of an emphasis on the effort as opposed to the results. This gives people, children especially, permission to try different approaches and offer new ideas without the usual pressures.
  • Without experimentation, there can be no innovation.
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