The objective of this project is to create one new photo every day. This isn’t just snapping a cool picture, it’s about getting into the photographer headspace and flow at least once a day. Shoot a few photos, select the best one, edit it, post it.
Photography as Meditation. Find a spot that compels you, and simply spend some time walking around, taking in your surroundings, feeling the space.
Portrait Location Scouting. Look for good portrait shoot locations. Find some most scenic or visually compelling settings in which to shoot some portraits. Find spots that feature a nice scenic urban background behind them, something that gives a real sense of place to the portrait.
Light & Shadow Hunting. Look for spots that have interesting light and/or shadows. Make notes about the light source, record the light meter readings, note the distance between camera and subject, all of those details.
Street Portraits. Find interesting people on the street and ask to take their portrait.
Street Life Abstracts. Those shots of people walking around the city, but with motion blur, to make it more conceptual.
Buildings. Shoot buildings as characters and also as book cover photos. There are so many cool buildings just on the drive to work down Los Feliz, or Hollywood, not to mention alternative routes I could take.
Portals. Windows, doorways, hallways, alleys, etc.
Skylines. You’re surrounded by great skyline profiles, shoot them!
Still life. Simple objects shot with a creative spin. Think about the meaning of objects you’re considering, shoot things that establish a mood, concept, metaphor, etc.
Shape Study. Search for shapes as you look at everything. Don’t just look at shapes in objects, look at them in empty spaces, in shadows, in suggested lines and curves in the landscape and environment.
Motion. Understand how shutter speeds can be used to convey motion. Experiment with both capturing motion (things moving in front of the camera) and creating it (moving the camera itself).
Water. Water is everywhere in photography and it presents many challenges. There are reflections and movements to work with and in this exercise, you will take a deeper look at water.
Leading Lines. Choose a subject then look around for lines in the scene that you can use to ‘lead’ the viewer to the subject. Or, find an interesting line then determine what the subject of your photograph is. Remember that lines can be man-made or natural. For instance, the yellow line down the middle of the road or a tree branch. Even a person’s arm can be a leading line to their face. Use this assignment as an excuse to take an afternoon photo excursion. Walk downtown or in the woods and look around you for interesting lines that lead the eye to a subject (any subject). There is an amazing assortment of lines out there in the world and once you begin to see them, you won’t be able to stop (and that’s great for your photographs).
Perspective. The perspective assignment challenges you to view the world from an entirely new perspective, which in turn gives the viewer a new look at the ordinary. Take your photographs from very high or very low angles. Get on your belly or stand on a chair, whatever you have to (safely) do to get the ‘right’ angle on your subject. Many of the images that have the WOW factor are photographed from extreme angles. People enjoy these photos because they’ve never seen an object from that viewpoint, it is new and unique and you can train yourself to shoot with this in mind.
Texture. The goal in this one is to study textures and forget about the object itself: the texture becomes the subject. You will also begin to realize how light affects the appearance of texture. Use different angles and capture the same texture as the light changes. Notice how the different lighting directions and camera angles can change how much texture appears. Textures are all around us and many of the best photographs in the world play up the textural element. This assignment should teach you how to recognize and accentuate those elements in your photos.
One Subject, Ten Different Shots. Pretty straight-forward; find one subject and try to shoot ten distinctly different photos of it.
Emotion Hunting. Start thinking about a particular feeling to focus on, then start looking around for scenes that have that feeling.