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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

From HP


Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.

And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it’s not just a stereotype of the “tortured artist” — artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person.

“It’s actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self,” Scott Barry Kaufman, a psychologist at New York University who has spent years researching creativity, told The Huffington Post. “The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds.”

While there’s no “typical” creative type, there are some tell-tale characteristics and behaviors of highly creative people. Here are 18 things they do differently.

Read on and find out how creative you might be or how you can become more so

6 camera settings photographers always get wrong (and how to get it right)

Want to avoid some of the more common mistakes made by photographers? In their latest guest post the photo management and Canon Project1709 experts at Photoventure came up with the 6 camera settings that many get wrong along with some advice on how to get it right.

6 camera settings photographers always get wrong (and how to get it right)

Common mistakes with camera settings: 1. White balance


The vast majority of photographs are taken with the camera’s white balance set to the Automatic option.

It’s an easy choice that gets it right most of the time, but it’s not completely foolproof and many systems have a tendency to correct natural variations in light colour so that images look a bit too neutral.

Warm early morning or evening sunlight, for example, can be made too cold.

When shooting outdoors better results can be achieved in many cases by switching to the Daylight or Sunny setting.

It can even produce better results than the Auto setting in shady or overcast conditions.

SEE MORE: Find out how Canon’s Project1709 platform can simplify your photo management workflow

Most cameras also have Shade or Cloudy white balance options that inject a bit more warmth into images.

In some situations this colour-shift can be excessive, but it’s worth experimenting with your camera to find out how each white balance setting performs in a range of conditions.

For the ultimate in control, use the Custom or Manual white balance option and set the value manually.

Your camera’s manual will explain exactly how to do this, but fundamentally it involves photographing a white or neutral grey target (a piece of card works well) in the same light as your subject and telling your camera to use this image to set the white balance.

If you photograph the white or grey card again after the manual white balance has been set in camera, you should see it rendered neutral.

If you wish, you can use your camera’s white balance adjustment controls to warm or cool the results – or experiment with a non-neutral calibration target. READ MORE HERE

One Day Plant and Garden Photography Workshop – RPS

We used to run our own Plant and Garden Photography Workshop based at Waterperry now we generally recommend RPS courses for this, or even better RHS courses if you are serious about plant photography when they are available

One Day Plant and Garden Photography Workshop – RPS.

One Day Plant and Garden Workshop

Plant and Garden.jpg


One Day Plant and Garden Photography Workshop

05 April 2014

10:00 – 17:00

Mells, Somerset
The Walled Garden
Selwood St
United Kingdom
BA11 3PN

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RPS Member £130.00
Non RPS Member £155.00

Information pack (PDF, 44.7 KB) →

Book online →


A not to be missed opportunity to work alongside two professional photographers Jason Ingram and Paul Debois.


The group will be small and while shooting this will be split to enable the tutors to work with people on an individual basis. This workshop is aimed at those who love plant and garden photography and/or those who are thinking of entering the profession.

10am – 11am
Introduction from tutors, tips and tricks, what’s in the bag and macro photography – invaluable information on what you need from the bare minimum to the hi-tech, whilst being given an insight into the tutors’ professional workflows’.

11am -11.30am
Guided walk around the garden with the tutors to identify different points of interest.

11.30am – 2pm
Shooting time with guidance from your tutors

Lunch (can be taken any time between 12pm – 2pm)

2pm – 3pm
Down loading images – The importance of storing your images correctly, how and why. You will also down load and save your images for discussion.

3pm – 5pm
Critique, an informal, friendly discussion on some of your selected images and a chance to ask questions.

Camera, tripod, a spare memory card and appropriate clothing, spare batteries. Food is available to purchase at the garden tearoom, local pub and shops or please bring a packed lunch

You will need to know the basic functions of your camera.

Times: 10am – 5pm
Address: The Walled Garden at Mells, Rectory Garden, Selwood Street, Mells BA113PN
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/0khmO
Parking: There is limited parking at the venue but plenty of on street parking.
Website: http://thewalledgardenatmells.co.uk

– See more at: http://www.rps.org/events/2014/april/05/one-day-plant-and-garden-photography-workshop#sthash.5wnNgy9N.rBUbctsC.dpuf

Nikon unveils the D4S

Nikon is calling its D4S a “true master of the dark”, offering photographers an ISO range extendable to a record 409,600


Available from 06 March at a retail price of £5200, the new D4S sports a redesigned 16.2-megapixel FX sensor and the Expeed 4 image processor. It has a burst rate of 11 frames per second at full resolution, and is protected by “a tough weather-sealed full metal body”, Nikon claims.
“The Nikon D4S follows the success of the D4 and brings with it a new level of performance designed to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers,” says Hiro Sebata, professional product manager at Nikon UK, in a press statement. “Nikon engineers have taken on board valuable feedback from professional users in order to implement a wealth of improvements that will make all the difference to professionals working in the intensely competitive fields of sports, press and nature photography. Equipped to power ahead in the most challenging environments, the D4S ensures serious photographers stay ahead of the game.”
But by far the most important upgrade is in the camera’s low-light capabilities. The D4S has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, extendable to “an industry-leading 409,600,” it says. “A true master of the dark as well as of the light, sophisticated localised noise reduction, edge sharpening and tone control ensure the D4S delivers outstanding results in the kind of ‘dirty’ low-light conditions many sports and news photographers are confronted with.”
The D4S also had a new shutter and mirror mechanism that reduces mirror bounce to deliver “a stable viewfinder image with minimal viewfinder blackout when shooting at high speeds,” Nikon explains, a Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port, a Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point autofocus system, a new Group Area AF mode and an anti-reflective 3.2-inch LCD monitor. from BJP

DP Review have a first impressions review here

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