Hello! How are you doing today? I’m super busy but feeling pretty on top of things and inspired. I’m still beavering away planning the next image in my new series (see the first one here) and I’m hoping that should be done one evening this week. I’ve hit 500 followers on my Instagram which I am so grateful for, and the comments you guys have been leaving have been so positive that I’m feeling motivated to do more. So a huge, HUGE thank you for that. Now, let’s learn how to mood board.
What is a mood board, anyway?
A mood board for me is a collection of your ideas, that’s about it. It’s a way of grouping together a series of images or material you find inspiring and putting it all in one place. There are many, many, many different ways to create a mood board of your ideas, what will work for you may be completely different from what works for someone else.
The benefits of a mood board
- Organise your ideas and thoughts
- Instant inspiration when you look at it
- The ability to make connections between colours, mood, theme etc.
- Getting ideas together while you are inspired so you can look at them at a later date
- Seeing how much your work and inspirations have changed over the years
Okay… let’s get started.
1. The Research Book
Ah, the classic. This was how I learned to research photography, and how they often grade your research if you’re in college or university. I will always love this way. It allows you to put everything in one book, printed photos, thoughts and feelings, study artists. You can make it big – an A3 book looks super pretty and satisfying, or you can make it small – an A5 book or smaller can usually easily be carried around with you which may suit you better.
A downside of this method, and the main reason I don’t really do this anymore, is that it gets really expensive. A proportion of my student loans went on printing costs and buying glue sticks and pens to make my research and development books.
Now, I’m not trying to bash this. I think having a book for ideas / things you learn is almost essential, but in terms of making a mood board and printing things out you may have to take out a small loan.
I can make some more in depth posts about how to use a research and development book more effectively if anyone would like.
2. Instagram Collections
This is a fairly new method, but one that is fast becoming my most used way of collecting pieces of inspirational media. At the moment the main way I share my work and connect with other photographers, see their work and post my own is through Instagram.
You can create different ‘collections’ of images and videos. It’s so handy because I love Instagram, I spent a lot of time on it, and it’s so simple to add to a collection.
Another good thing about this way of making a mood board, is that the images in the collection are still linked to the original poster’s account. So all you have to do is click on the image and it will take you right back to their portfolio. No more finding an image you love and not knowing who on earth the artist is.
Padlet is a really handy website to create an inspirational ‘board’. It’s a bit like Pinterest, but it’s not about pins… so not really pinterest.. but it means you can upload whatever photos, text, videos that you want and organise them on a board. There is also an app for Padlet that let’s you add to it on the go.
It’s pretty basic, to be honest. It can be very similar to creating a research book, but in digital form so it’s free.
Now you’ve got that, you could separate into categories…
This is optional, but I like to create different boards for different things, particularly if I have a project or series coming up. For example, create seperate boards for locations you like, models you want to work with, or where to source clothing that you like.
A way that you can keep track of inspiration and buy clothing from is Lyst.co.uk – it’s handy because it links you to where you can buy all the pieces of clothing you like as well buying them through the site itself. It has a huge range of well known fashion retailers to choose from. There is also a feature to favourite items, so you can keep them all in the same place.
Thank you all for you continued love and support. Don’t forget to connect with me on instagram too!
Is there any post you are interested in seeing? Do let me know!