Itâ€™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. Thereâ€™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.
Â 1. Papparazi by Lady Gaga
You can start with that catchy chorus, â€œIâ€™m your biggest fan Iâ€™ll follow you until you love me.â€ Chase that shot until youâ€™ve got the right one. Dog that light until it gives you magic.
2. Shiny Happy People by REM
Take the camera and â€œPut it in your hands/Take it take it/There’s no time to cry/Happy happyâ€¦â€ 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 donâ€™t have to lament, â€œdidn’t have a camera by my side this time,â€ but donâ€™t forget to â€œsee the world through both my eyes.â€ Open your other eye thatâ€™s not peering through the viewfinder, and donâ€™t just tell the story, but experience it.
4. Girls on Film by Duran Duran
Cast some models, set up some lights, and catch some â€œGirls on film (two minutes later), girls on film/Girls on film (got your picture), girls on filmâ€¦.â€
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, â€œI’ve been living so long with my pictures of you that I almost believe that the pictures are all I can feelâ€¦,â€ but you know deep in your heart that if you were singing that song to your craft, youâ€™d know feeling your photos isnâ€™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 youâ€™ll find yourself telling stories like Dorothea Lange, or the Italian cinema masters. 10,000 Maniacs captured a great lyrical image in their song, â€œI found this photograph/underneath the broken picture glass/tender face of black and white/beautiful, a haunting sight.â€
7. Vogue by Madonna
Take some inspiration from Madonna and study some photos of those â€œLadies with an attitudeâ€ and â€œFellas that were in the mood.â€ Harlow, Dietrich, Garbo. Adopt the drama of yesteryears and try a pinup shoot. Câ€™mon honey, â€œDon’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.â€
8. Photograph of You by Depeche Mode
â€œWhat good is a souvenir of something/you once had when all it ever does is/make me feel bad.â€ This song is great when youâ€™re editing bad pics out of the bunch. Delete. Sing. Delete.
9. Better Together by Jack Johnson
Get sentimental and try some sepia toning. Thereâ€™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 â€œOur dreams,” and they are made of real things, like a shoebox of photographs and sepia toned loving.â€
10. Kodachrome by Simon and Garfunkel
Try some plugins in your processing and evoke the feel of â€œKodachrome, they give us those nice bright colors.â€ Shoot some landscapes and run the action, â€œThey give us the greens of summers, makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah.â€ Youâ€™ll be crooning like Simon and Garfunkel in no time.
If the past weekâ€™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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