April 23, 2013
We’ve had a few weeks worth of themes, so it’s about time we had another exercise designed to stretch your photography skills a little. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult and all you’ll need is a camera and 15 minutes of your time (so I suppose you’ll probably need a watch as well!)
Stage 1 – Find a location
You can do this exercise anywhere, in your garden, up a mountain, or if the weather isn’t so nice, in your living room or kitchen! Once you’ve found your location, sit down.
Stage 2 – Observation
Don’t get your camera out yet, you’ve got some preparation to do first!
I want you to spend a full 10 minutes looking at your surroundings. Really look closely. How does the light interact with objects nearby? What textures can you find? How does the setting feel? What details would you have missed if you’d just walked past? Does anything produce a natural “frame”?
Spend these 10 minutes to pick a subject and plan the shot you’re going to take. If you need to move around to find the best angle, do so! This stage is all about planning though, so don’t pick up your camera until the 10 minutes are up!
Stage 3 – Implementation
Now you can get your camera out!
Spend the next 5 minutes taking your photo. Move around the subject to get the best angle, frame it carefully. If you need to adjust anything in the scene (eg move a twig out of the shot, cast a shadow over part of the image) then now is the time to do so. Take as many shots as you need to get the shot you spent all that time planning. If you can get it in one shot, great! If it takes you 20 attempts, well that’s cool too. Just don’t get carried away and overrun your 5 minutes!
As with all challenges like this, if you don’t like the results you got from the first time you tried it feel free to repeat the exercise later in the week, but please don’t be tempted to cheat by skipping any stages, you won’t learn anything that way!
As usual, please send your entries in by noon on Tuesday 30th April. Good luck!