Maintaining Motivation & Creativity In Your Photography with Ellen Anon
This presentation will be about maintaining motivation and creativity with your photography both when forced to stay closer to home than usual or while moving about freely. Ellen will be focusing on a variety of strategies and approaches to help you maintain your mojo when it seems to be dwindling. She’ll also include a variety of potential techniques for photographing the same subject, that range from literal to quite abstract. Although Ellen has often been using flowers as subjects, these techniques can be used with a wide variety of subject matter indoors or outdoors depending on your own interests. The talk will cover both photographic techniques as well as ways to set the stage to keep you excited about photography. Ellen hopes that after the talk you’ll be wanting to pick up your camera even more.
I’m a freelance photographer and writer who specializes in expressive photography. I earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and while practicing as a psychologist, began working part-time in photography co-leading workshops, writing articles, editing and authoring books and gradually evolved into a full time professional photographer in the mid 1990’s.
My images, based on nature, are sometimes realistic and sometimes abstract but always designed to elicit emotional reactions from the viewer. My goal is to go beyond the ordinary in ways that hopefully stimulate others to pause and appreciate some of the beauty and wonder of our earth in a way that balances some of the stress of everyday life. My images are included in collections in several countries and my photos have been showcased in galleries, used in numerous publications (including Sierra Club’s Mother Earth and Inner Reflections calendars), as well as stock. I’ve also had winning and commended images in international contests including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Windland Rice Nature’s Best Competitions.
I’m one of the co-authors of the highly acclaimed book, See It; Photographic Composition Using Visual Intensity (Focal Press, 2012) as well as the Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers; A Workshop in a Book series (Sybex, 2010) and Aperture 3: Portable Genius (Wiley, 2012) all written with my son, Josh Anon. I lead photographic and post processing oriented workshops and am a featured speaker at various events. I also create video training materials. I’m an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and I’m very honored to be on the SanDisk Extreme Team.
Learn more about Ellen Anon and her work at her web site www.ellenanon.com