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Hey S6'ers,

I'm often struck by the creativity and talent on this site. You guys are inspiring, so who better to ask for advice?

I frequently struggle with coming up with titles...

Does anyone have any suggestions/methods/ideas for naming pieces? Anyone? Anyone?

:) Thanks :)


Ornaart commented on January 10, 2012 1:53pm
Try to give informative titles, as well as creative ones. The better you describe your work - the easier it would be to find it while searching for the topic... That's my advice.
Angelo Cerantola commented on January 10, 2012 1:58pm
I agree with Ornaart. Plus, I would suggest listening to music while working and getting inspiration from a song title or lyrics... quality pop music is a treasure trove of ideas and suggestions!
Ornaart commented on January 10, 2012 2:01pm
Music is always good! :)
Efi Tolia commented on January 10, 2012 2:04pm
I agree with Angelo. Your thoughts or given state when you take a shot could count... Anything could do from time to time! Creating a scenario for your shot, could work. Imagine an actors line... Oh, I hope, I helped you, instead of confusing you!
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on January 10, 2012 2:27pm
What will make YOUR art great is by putting the very core of YOU in it. Every artist has a different way that they create. Finding your own, honest and unique way is what the process is all about.
Elina Cate commented on January 10, 2012 3:01pm
Awesome- thanks for the responses. They're very helpful :)
Andre Villanueva commented on January 10, 2012 3:05pm
Great suggestions so far! I also have a hard time with titles. I have used "Untitled" way too much in the past. Sometimes I will go through my cd collection and look at song titles. I have also tried flipping through a dictionary, attempting to string random words together to fit a nameless work.
Matt Bokan commented on January 11, 2012 6:56pm
For a creative twist to an informative title, I choose a specific feature or place name, so the title still stays related but can become more interesting. For example, my photograph of a rock face is titled Narrenganset, for the specific place in RI I took it and my photograph of an iron gate is titled wrought, to play on the double meaning of the type if iron and the type of emotion.
Geoffrey Agrons commented on January 11, 2012 7:13pm
I generally write down what the voices in my head tell me, but I don't think it would be ethical to recommend this approach. It can be construed as, you know, abnormal.
Tracey Tilson Photography commented on January 11, 2012 7:27pm
I usually just name them what comes into my mind immediately when I see the image..... I ask myself... "How does this piece make me FEEL?"
If that doesn't work, you can find bits and pieces of quotes from the internet....even song titles at times.
Beverly LeFevre commented on January 11, 2012 8:44pm
I have a hard time too.
Mark Giarrusso commented on January 11, 2012 8:46pm
Hahahaha... I love Geoffrey. Always at home with his inner evil genius...
JUSTART commented on January 12, 2012 10:09am
just go out for a walk, you come always come across something interesting, listen to music, browse the internet...
TaLins commented on January 12, 2012 11:16am
I come up with my titles as Im working on a project, whatever fits with what Im doing!
nosnop commented on January 12, 2012 4:00pm
i find great titles in my native language, but translate them in english is often imposible so i just come up with the simplest thing i found ...
Olivia Joy StClaire commented on January 12, 2012 6:11pm
I'm kinda like Geoffrey. I get snippets of phrases & words as I go through the day & write them down. I have a whole sheet of scribbled words & phrases. When I post, I see what fits the mood. ;)
Anthony M. Davis commented on January 12, 2012 6:49pm
I often name images by what I'm feeling at the time. Granted, I may come back a week later and wonder what the heck I was thinking. :-). Even so, I generally stick with it. ~ Tony
Catherine Holcombe commented on January 12, 2012 7:05pm
I just let my thoughts flow lazily as i am making the image. Generally two or three titles come to mind. When I am finished, I make a decision. The trick is not to worry over it too much. Its just a title and there will be many many more!
KunstFabrik_StaticMovement Man… commented on January 12, 2012 7:27pm
Each piece means usually something to me_and I desire to share it. Sometimes, it is a mood I get from it, feelings, memories, thoughts, emotions, poetry, a song, inspiration, assuming my complexities or just my silence.....etc. If I use Untitled_then I just had a brain.... you know what (no offense Andre! I am speaking for myself here!). I 2 can relate on occasionally hearing voices like Geoffrey or I come to an understanding of some intent as I post-produce a piece, if I did not have one, when I took the photograph. I trust foremost my instinct on what draws me to the work and then use my first intuitive word(s) as I create. One last thing, sometimes somebody else inspires me toa title as well, just by what they say when they see my work. Hope this was not tooo much info! LOL Ciao
Elina Cate commented on January 14, 2012 3:52pm
Thanks for all your great suggestions. I am grateful for you taking the time to help me out! It has also been so interesting and insightful to hear a bit of your creative processes. Thank you very much :)
KunstFabrik_StaticMovement Man… commented on January 15, 2012 6:22pm
U r welcome!!*;-)
.... commented on January 15, 2012 6:25pm
Dont think about it. Just work on the design/photo or whatever it is and think about what you wanna do to it or what you want to come across. Or just think why did I take or do this. Within those a title shall come. Or when in doubt use influences from song or film whatever makes you happy.
Thomas Eppolito commented on January 15, 2012 6:35pm
Dido to what Crooked said. After the work is done I just try to look and think of the reason why I did that piece and what was running through my head at the time. But like everybody else said, you can always draw inspiration from music and film too.
xoxo commented on January 30, 2012 6:25am
I find it extremely tacky to name my images myself so mostly I ask a friend of mine who has nothing to do with photography. and then take the opposite of what he comes up with.
McLane O'Daniell commented on February 4, 2012 8:39pm
haha sorry im kind of late, but i always find myself listening to music when im uploading my photos. every single one of my peices' titles are lyrics from any random song. even if the song seems completely different than your peice, ive never had a problem drawing a phrase from any song for my peice. hope this helps