Last Friday of the month is a photo exercise! Since no one has been participating – let’s start over!
The idea is this, I’ll post an exercise and upload your photos for the following month. So, you will have until the end of the next month to post your photo(s). The exercises will mostly be “mommy based” but you don’t have to be a mommy to play! The exercises will be based on some being posted for Me Ra Koh’s Soar Sisters (which includes yours truly). I’m hoping these will help you learn a few skills as well as help me stretch & grow!
So, let’s get started!!
Photo Exercise #1 (January)
This exercise will focus on the “art of storytelling”. Storytelling has more of an impact at lower apertures, so if you have a 50mm or macro lens available to you – use it! A lower aperture will give you the pretty, creamy, bokeh (or blur) effect – see last Friday’s post for more information on aperture. If you don’t have a 50mm, use the lowest aperture your lens is capable of. If you are working with a point and shoot, Me Ra recommends you use the flower or portrait icon. Get lots of distance between you and the subject and shoot in Av or Manual mode.
Pick 2 different people. One will be a kid and one your husband (or significant other). If you don’t have the later, use a friend, someone your age or older. (the point is using 2 people with a large gap in age)
You will shoot 5 details that matter in their lives. Try using different f-stops and compare. Pick a favorite f-stop and decide why it ended up being your favorite.
Take some notes on how you decided what mattered to them. Did you ask them any fact-finding questions? What questions did you ask to learn more about them? Jot those down. Write down which persons details were easier? Where they momentary details or timeless details?
If you end up really excited about the assignment – capture 5 details about your own life. How do they compare to the other 2 peoples? Were you surprised about what YOUR details ended up being?
Be prepared to share 2 shots from 1 of the subjects you chose. Also, share the photos with the person you chose, they may be surprised how important something really is that they may give little thought to on a daily basis. These make GREAT photo book gift for mom, dad, or grandparents … but, an everyday-I-love-you-gift is nice too!! And don’t forget Valentine’s Day is coming!!
The assignment may take you all month or it may take you 1 afternoon. My hope is that you see how photographs capture the stories of our lives. The DETAILS are a significant part of that story. A lot of times in life we miss these little details. We may not realize how important they are until we see them captured in a photograph.
ok, so that’s it – have fun! You have until the end of February to post (it may take me THAT long to work out any posting bugs!) Please don’t forget, this is still new to me so it may take a few assignments for me to make it all go smoothly!
Email me your 2 photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org (please put Assignment# in subject) so I can upload/watermark them for you. Feel free to use the ‘comments’ to add any additional story to your photos.