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    How not to get stale.

    Back when I was going to school for Commercial Art we were taught to give ourselves drawing assignments to prevent getting stale. This book came to my attention today in an email. I thought someone may be interested. It applies to all photography and not just large format.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159...21817720_em_ti

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    Thanks, Alan; I'm off to do some much-needed groceries, and will check out the book at the nearby Chapters.

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    It's a substantial book, lots of tips on what to do in your spare time or as practice.
    I ended up not buying it as much of what I read I was familiar with, I'd already done it (surprisingly).
    The price in Canada is significantly higher in the bookstore as well.

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    Thanks for the review, Ari!

    I know it can be easy to get into a rut sometimes and some wonder how to get out. I think it may be a good book for some.

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    Well, not much of a review, Alan; I was able to glean some stuff, I had the book for about 15 minutes.
    Things such as 'Shoot One Roll Per Day" and "Spend 24 Hours with One Subject" were mixed in with anecdotes about some pro shoots that went very well, or very badly.
    No doubt, the book would be a great benefit to some.

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    For me, a simple change in genre has always worked for my personal work. I just switch from color to monochrome, or landscapes to nudes. These changes always feel fresh.

    For assignment work, I have always found that the need to deliver quality work on time is incentive enough to push past any staleness I may feel.

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    Well, Ari, at least you had the book in your hands for a few minutes. That beats just seeing it on Amazon's sight.

    Have you tried what Nicholas Nixon recommended about shooting women that you wish to go to to bed with? My wife would kill me!

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Miller View Post
    For me, a simple change in genre has always worked for my personal work. I just switch from color to monochrome, or landscapes to nudes. These changes always feel fresh.

    For assignment work, I have always found that the need to deliver quality work on time is incentive enough to push past any staleness I may feel.
    I took a look at your work, Greg. I'd say you are plenty inspired. Beautiful photography!

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    Re: How not to get stale.

    It was only $15 on amazon.ca so I ordered it sight unseen.
    I could use some incentive, photography is always dead for me during the summer.
    Too much fun been outdoors and doing sport.
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    Re: How not to get stale.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    I took a look at your work, Greg. I'd say you are plenty inspired. Beautiful photography!
    Thanks Alan. I appreciate the kind words.

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