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5 Fantastic Ted Talks to Spark Your Creativity

As creatives, sometimes we need an extra spark of inspiration to help bring new life to a project. Trolling the web for helpful articles and pinning beautiful photos can help, but sometimes an inspirational speech is just the kick-start you need!

Get a fresh perspective, learn something new — and break out of that dreaded funk that has a way of settling in sometimes. Below is a list of 5 inspirational Ted Talks to help energize your brain and spark your creativity.

Julie Burstein: 4 Lessons in Creativity

Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living — and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

Frans Lanting: The Story of Life in Photographs

In this stunning slideshow, celebrated nature photographer Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a poetic collection of photographs that tell the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity.

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.

David Griffin: How Photography Connects Us

The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude

Nature’s beauty can be easily missed — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

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As the head of the Creative team at Photodex, Leslie is involved in the design & production of ProShow demos, slideshows & special effects. She is a self-professed Crazy Cat Lady who is into horror movies, music, good food, and riding her bike around Austin.