My photography has been a bit stale lately. I’ve struggled to find interesting subjects, composition, camera settings and just plain inspiration. I was relieved this week to find a great article over on The Digital Photography School blog titled 5 Ideas to Kick Start Your Photography. I won’t rehash the entire article, you can read it for yourself.
This morning I was up, again, before the sun and surfing the internet. Bored already, I grabbed the camera and headed to the favorite spot. This morning, however, I set up a few rules. First, I locked my 28-200 zoom to 28mm. This forced me to concentrate on composition. Second, I set the camera to manual focus. This forced me to worry about what I wanted to capture in the shot. Third, I limited the total shoot to 36 exposures. To build on that I also didn’t allow myself to take multiple shots from the same angle. Now I had planned to process some, if not all, of the photos through Photomatix, so all of the composed photos were bracketed. I also tried not to review the photos after they were taken, but I admit I peeked a few times.
In the end I managed 4 shots that “worked”, and several that weren’t appealing at all. Nonetheless, the exercise forced me to SLOW DOWN with the shutter a little.