Photography as a creative outlet

June 29, 2017

The millennial generation has taken over photography thanks to new technologies and a never ending feeling of wanting to leave a permanent record of our existence for the future generations to come.


Achieving a successful level of photography is no longer an option for only wealthy and highly skilled individuals. Camera gear becomes more accessible by the day as well as for editing software, which nowadays can even be applied to mobile phone pictures with well-known apps such as Instagram, Vsco or Airbrush.


In a world where owning a camera and a phone has become a bare necessity, what thrives us to continue pursuing perfection in photography? With such a high competence at all levels, what will make your pictures stand out?


We spoke about this with the photographer leader of our Portrait and Fashion photography workshops, Julien.

 photograph by Julien Borghino


Julien is not only a Fashion and lifestyle photographer trying to combine the French feeling of glamour with the stunning modern Scottish scene by working with local brands such as Walker Slater, but his Landscape work has also been exhibited in Edinburgh.


We asked Julien how new technologies change the game for photographers nowadays.


“I think that the most incredible thing about digital photography nowadays is that it's really easy to get into it. “ he said. “Now you can just learn a few tricks and take decent photos. Check the screen and do the shot again and again, change the settings and get the right picture.”


photograph by Julien Borghino


But then why should we keep on trying?


“There will always be passionate people that will go further and actually learn the theory and practice in detail. The fact that is so simple also makes people be inclined to learn more, because once you're getting to know how to use your camera properly you can't stop there, you want to learn more and more because knowledge in photography equals creativity.”


So maybe the constant click of cameras and phones around us is just a call for attention from new generations who struggle to express creativity submerged into a fundamentally corporate and capitalistic society.


This attempt to express ourselves and show the world our individuality and unique personality is reflected on the power that social media has on our everyday life. But, what are the consequences of exposing ourselves to social media?


photograph by Julien Borghino


“It is a tricky matter. “ says Julien. “We've never being exposed to the visualisation of so many photographs as we do today. We probably scroll thorough hundreds of pictures a day and still we're not impressed, not  anymore. But there is also a positive aspect on this. Social media can help you expose your work. Your photos will be drown into a mass of others. However unless you are really good, unless your work makes people think or feel emotions, it will be forgotten in a matter of seconds.” The photographer said. “I think social media can be a good thing but you have to work hard to get noticed, you have to give it your best and you have to be creative at all times. “


And being creative in Scotland can be both, easy and difficult at the same time, as the constant weather changes can be very frustrating but can also create incredible scenarios for your photo shoot.


“When it comes to my photography work I like a cloudy sky, that is the best light for me.” Confessed Julien. “Scotland is perfect for that! However since the weather is so unpredictable here it is good to have good knowledge on how to work with different types of light and to be able to quickly adapt to this changes. I would describe my way of working as a balance between knowledge, organisation and improvisation. “


photograph by Julien Borghino


But how can this be translated when leading a group of photographesr with different styles, techniques and levels?


“I like to leave some space for instant creativity. In a workshop I go through all the necessary aspects.” Julien said. “Some people will be more comfortable with knowledge some others with improvisation. The point of learning in a workshop is getting to know yourself and identify what are your strengths and  weaknesses. In this way, you can work on them and find your balance and your identity as a photographer”


For more information about our workshops, please visit our Workshops section on the Events  


For more information about our photographer Julien, please visit


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