Three photography exercises to get out of a rut

Three photography exercises to get out of a rut

It happens to most of us, we feel like we’re in a rut with our photography.

Here are three exercises you can work on at any time to get yourself back to seeing great compositions, interesting perspectives and unique subjects to photograph.

Look up

This is one of my favorite ways to change perspective when creating images.

Look up. Straight up.

No matter where you are, take a minute and look directly above you, look up. You might be surprised at what you see, new angles and shapes, amazing light fixtures and ceilings.

What’s in your cup?

Coffee? Tea? Wine? Beer? Water?

Whatever it is in your cup, get creative this week and photograph it.

Find unique and interesting angles. Look for shadows or reflections.

How are you feeling?

This exercise might require a bit more work. It’s a little more complex than usual.

How are you feeling this week? Today? How will you feel tomorrow when you pick up your camera? By the end of the week?

Create a photograph that shows how you feel each day this week.

It doesn’t have to be a self-portrait. Push yourself to find how you feel in the scenes around you that you find. What is it for you that depicts those feelings?

A monthly challenge to get you out of your rut

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