The wonderful thing about the internet is how incredibly easy it is to instantly access a veritable plethora of masterful photographs to inspire you. But do you ever attempt to recreate those photos yourself? This great video shows the challenges and benefits of trying to recreate other people's photos.
Coming to you from Logan Baker with Shutterstock Tutorials, this great video shows the process of recreating several photos he admired. You might wonder why you'd want to recreate someone else's images, especially since you're unlikely to be able to use them for anything except your own growth. But that growth is exactly the point. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that it refines your technique by encouraging you to be extra precise with your lighting so you can exactly emulate the target photo. But to do that, you have to be able to read the image: the lighting, the posing, etc. This is an important skill, as it'll translate to a better ability to previsualize your own photos. Lastly, in the process of recreating difficult photos, you'll likely discover some new creative avenues to make the images your own. Check out the video above for Baker's process.