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10 Songs You and Your Camera can Hum Together

losing your divinity copyright Aloha Lavina

It’s been a pretty serious week. We witnessed a media empire break open with more sparks than the explosion that demolished the Death Star. Olso suffered from terrorism attacks, and then Amy Winehouse died.

So to cheer up a bit, I decided to put together a playlist of songs this week. The playlist spans a few decades, so if you can recognize some of it, feel free to sing along. There’s nothing like belting out a song to relax those shoulders and get ready for a week of shooting photographs. There’s nothing like a workflow with a fabulous soundtrack to inspire great shots.

 1. Papparazi by Lady Gaga

You can start with that catchy chorus, “I’m your biggest fan I’ll follow you until you love me.” Chase that shot until you’ve got the right one. Dog that light until it gives you magic.

2. Shiny Happy People by REM

Take the camera and “Put it in your hands/Take it take it/There’s no time to cry/Happy happy…” Go to the park, shoot the lovers smiling. Throw a dog a Frisbee and catch it while it smiles with teeth all bright and shiny.

3. 3×5 by John Mayer

Unlike John, take your camera for a walk and you don’t have to lament, “didn’t have a camera by my side this time,” but don’t forget to “see the world through both my eyes.” Open your other eye that’s not peering through the viewfinder, and don’t just tell the story, but experience it.sepia of hb copyright Aloha Lavina

4. Girls on Film by Duran Duran

Cast some models, set up some lights, and catch some “Girls on film (two minutes later), girls on film/Girls on film (got your picture), girls on film….”

5. Pictures of You by The Cure

Get some inspiration from some of your old shots, and count yourself lucky you have so many more photography opportunities to look forward to. Robert Smith darkly recites, “I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you that I almost believe that the pictures are all I can feel…,” but you know deep in your heart that if you were singing that song to your craft, you’d know feeling your photos isn’t a bad thing.

6. Photograph by 10,000 Maniacs

You can do some documentary photography on the street. You can even experiment with your Monochrome camera setting. Maybe you’ll find yourself telling stories like Dorothea Lange, or the Italian cinema masters. 10,000 Maniacs captured a great lyrical image in their song, “I found this photograph/underneath the broken picture glass/tender face of black and white/beautiful, a haunting sight.”

7. Vogue by Madonna

Take some inspiration from Madonna and study some photos of those “Ladies with an attitude” and “Fellas that were in the mood.” Harlow, Dietrich, Garbo. Adopt the drama of yesteryears and try a pinup shoot. C’mon honey, “Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.”losing your divinity copyright Aloha Lavina

8. Photograph of You by Depeche Mode

“What good is a souvenir of something/you once had when all it ever does is/make me feel bad.” This song is great when you’re editing bad pics out of the bunch. Delete. Sing. Delete.

9. Better Together by Jack Johnson

Get sentimental and try some sepia toning. There’s nothing like that sentimental sepia that will save an image that had to be shot with iffy lighting. Take Jack’s advice and feel that photos are like “Our dreams,” and they are made of real things, like a shoebox of photographs and sepia toned loving.”

10. Kodachrome by Simon and Garfunkel

Try some plugins in your processing and evoke the feel of “Kodachrome, they give us those nice bright colors.” Shoot some landscapes and run the action, “They give us the greens of summers, makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah.” You’ll be crooning like Simon and Garfunkel in no time.

If the past week’s got you down and you need to pick up some inspiration for your photography, why not make your own playlist?

What are your favorite songs when shooting?

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