The Conscious Photographer Episode 2 - Brian Costello On How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs And The Importance Of Creating Ecological Goals.

The Conscious Photographer Episode 2 - Brian Costello On How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs And The Importance Of Creating Ecological Goals.

This week on the Conscious Photographer I have Brian Costello, who is a Master NLP practitioner and change work specialist. Brian is an incredible storyteller and does a fantastic job of explaining incredibly complex subjects to do with the unconscious and subconscious mind and the role they both play in the creative process,  in a clear and concise way that's easily understood. We discuss the most efficient way photographers can quickly, and honestly build rapport with anyone they meet. We also get into how anxiety and depression can affect people in the creative industry and  how to recognise the symptoms early on before they get too overwhelming to handle. As well as why confidence and self-belief are integral to creating great pictures and how to think differently and break the mould. There's discussion on how to get past self-imposed limiting beliefs as well as the parallels between photographers and comedians when it comes to finding your voice. We discuss goal setting and the importance of having ecological goals and how your current goals could, in fact, be working against you and hindering you. We also speak about the importance of asking yourself what would happen if you achieved the goal you set out to achieve both the best case and worst case scenario and Brian tells you the questions you should be asking yourself when setting goals.

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ON THE ROAD DAY 2 OR WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DRIVE INTO HEAD ON TRAFFIC AND PLAY 3 GIGS IN ONE DAY.

ON THE ROAD DAY 2 OR WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DRIVE INTO HEAD ON TRAFFIC AND PLAY 3 GIGS IN ONE DAY.

So you know how I said in my previous post, here that a good nights sleep will make for better photographs? Unfortunately I did not have a good nights sleep, I think I clocked around 4 hours but was rudely awakened by my closed laptop playing the closing theme from Elementary -  which I have been binge watching recently. It’s not a great way to wake up.

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WHAT IT'S LIKE CREATING IMAGES FOR NICK KNIGHT OR HOW SLOWING DOWN MY CREATIVE PROCESS MADE ME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER

WHAT IT'S LIKE CREATING IMAGES FOR NICK KNIGHT OR HOW SLOWING DOWN MY CREATIVE PROCESS MADE ME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER

A couple of months ago I was accepted and given a place on the Nick Knight Mastered course. For any of you who don't know what that is; It's an online course with Nick as the main tutor. You learn through a mixture of written work and video lectures. Every month there is a large brief that we are set and at the end we are given expert feedback by either Nick or other industry leaders. With the briefs we are asked to show our complete creative process on a page, much like a blog. So I figured I would put all of that process into here so people can see how I work and how I think. 

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WHY I QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA OR HOW I'VE WASTED 23 DAYS THIS YEAR SO FAR ON INSTAGRAM

WHY I QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA OR HOW I'VE WASTED 23 DAYS THIS YEAR SO FAR ON INSTAGRAM

I haven't updated on here in a while. In fact since the 7th of July, bar uploading one picture today. When I started the blog I fully intended to put out 1 - 2 articles a week. I originally planned on doing this for a number reasons, some well meant and some others misguided. Let me elaborate. Writing about my process and my thoughts on creating images for the most part helps me understand my own pictures more than anything else. The act of having to look into my entire workflow and explain it in a simplistic way that could be read by anyone allows me to learn about why I make the decisions I do and the rational or irrational thoughts behind them. For all intents and purposes the blog is a way for me to understand myself more as an artist and as a person.

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HOW TO SHOOT QUICKLY OR WHAT MY CURRENT CAMERA SETUP LOOKS LIKE.

HOW TO SHOOT QUICKLY OR WHAT MY CURRENT CAMERA SETUP LOOKS LIKE.

With a client like Abandon Ship Apparel I’m often tasked with photographing a large amount of garments on short notice, this is mainly due to the brand having to create exciting new content daily for their social media channels. I have to frequently photograph up to 20 outfits, make multiple selections of the same outfits to provide variation for the brand on social media, edit and upload the final images in a two-hour timeframe.

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How To Have The Body Language Of A Winner Or What It's Like To Pull A Shoot Back From The Brink Of Disaster Using Mental Hacks

How To Have The Body Language Of A Winner Or What It's Like To Pull A Shoot Back From The Brink Of Disaster Using Mental Hacks

 

This may seem like a strange topic, body language and posture, when it comes to photography but it's hugely important. Nearly 55% of all communication is non verbal; that means your body language/physiology gives away a huge amount about who you are as a person and how you feel. Your body language projects your emotional and mental state unconsciously to others and whether you like it or not they are subconsciously reading these signals and making judgements about your character and ability as a photographer. Whether you're on a shoot or meeting a model or client for the first time if you're feeling uncomfortable or anxious people are going to be able to pick up on it. 

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Abandon Ship Sports Lux Collection or How The Fuji Xpro-1 Allowed Me To Shoot Jpegs Perfectly In Camera.

Abandon Ship Sports Lux Collection or How The Fuji Xpro-1 Allowed Me To Shoot Jpegs Perfectly In Camera.

As you probably know by now I work with Abandon Ship Apparel regularly. Weekly, daily..... all the time! This means that I get to work on a multitude of photo shoots. I'm very lucky in that I get to try out new ideas stylistically and have a platform to then show the images. This week I was asked to shoot their Sports Lux Collection. In their words it's "Sports inspired High quality products utilising various materials to create wardrobe staples" So opted for something different. A high end sports shoot. 

Colour palette - As the whole collection is monochromatic I opted to shoot it all in black and white, makes sense right? 

Location  - Luckily my studio is situated near an industrial estate so we chose to shoot the collection against the harsh backdrop of it. I opted to shoot it on a sunny day so that we had strong shadows to show the texture of the fabrics and emphasise the silhouettes. I payed close attention to horizontal and vertical when framing to highlight the harsh backdrop we were shooting against. I also opted to focus on close crops of the clothes as opposed to full length images as ASA and myself decided it was important to show the quality of the clothing and the materials used.

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