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1 Subject 3 Shots: Weekly Photography Challenge

untitled.jpgThis week your photography challenge is to shoot the one subject in three different ways.

The idea came off the back of our recent post – Make Your Last Shot Your Best Shot – in which Anne McKinnell challenged us to not stop shooting after we get our first good shot but to look for new ways to photograph a scene or subject in the hope of making the followup shots even better than the first.

She showed some great examples (pictured) of how she went beyond the first ‘obvious’ shot in a scene to take some interesting shots from different angles and perspectives.

So here’s the challenge – choose a subject (it could be a portrait, landscape, cityscape, still life, glamour shot…. anything) and aim to take at least 3 different shots of the one subject.

You might like to add variety to your shots by:

  • shooting from a different angle or direction
  • shooting with a different focal length
  • changing up your settings
  • trying a new technique (panning, slow sync shutter etc)
  • changing the composition

Once you’ve taken your shots we’d LOVE to see them so please share 3 or so shots in your series and tell us a little about how you progressed them and changed things up!

Once you’ve taken and selected the ’1 Subject 3 Shots’ images that you’d like to share – upload them to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using our embed tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPS3SHOTS to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Food challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some older comments

  • Aaron

    December 18, 2012 08:57 am

    My Triptych

  • Aaron

    December 18, 2012 08:55 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronpack/8266653435/' title='Flute Triptych' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8266653435_facf798df5.jpg'][eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8216/8266653435_facf798df5_z.jpg' title='8266653435_facf798df5_z.jpg']

  • Swati chauhan

    December 17, 2012 01:11 am

    Its late but here's my subject with 3 shots:

  • Emma

    December 16, 2012 10:27 pm

    Bit new to this. I have a Flickr account but need some help on how to tag/link my photos back to here. I would really like to take part in these weekly challenges as my second photography course has just finished and I want to keep the momentum going :-)

  • Aaron

    December 15, 2012 05:32 am

    Flute triptych -

  • Chris Bomba

    December 15, 2012 02:04 am

    Found these three lifeguard stations off the bike path in Venice, California. Thought an appropriate title was "Waiting For Summer."


  • Michal France

    December 14, 2012 10:44 pm

    Three views of the Temple of Le Donon, Alsace, France




  • Lola Laird

    December 14, 2012 12:00 pm

    My first try at this! It is a collection of Christmas trees that my daughter has dubbed The Christmas Tree Farm! [eimg url='https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4567145969991.175488.1031930473&type=1&l=3c5e2685ec' title='?set=a.4567145969991.175488.1031930473&type=1&l=3c5e2685ec']

  • Caitriona

    December 14, 2012 04:18 am


  • Francine Gassette

    December 14, 2012 01:21 am

    Love the challenge. Here is mine: http://wp.me/p23TG1-1Qn


  • Cory Stevens

    December 13, 2012 09:56 pm

    Here are my submissions for the "1 Subject, 3 Shots" challenge - taken of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany:


    Let me know what you think!


  • Colin Price

    December 13, 2012 01:38 pm

    Here's my three.....




  • Jan Irons

    December 13, 2012 11:38 am

    This is my second attempt at submitting photos, although I've read the newsletter for years. A couple weeks ago I tried to submit a family photo, but couldn't get it to post. Hopefully I'll have better luck today! Photos are of my newborn grandson and his 2 1/2 year old big brother!




  • Patricia Knight

    December 11, 2012 08:00 pm

    I recently started doing just that with my Elf on the Shelf project...

  • Tom Guy

    December 11, 2012 06:17 pm

    This is my first attempt at one of these and also my first weekend playing around with an DSLR. I got the Canon EOS 650D for my birthday last week and have been wrapped with it compared to the old point and shoot. Much faster and much better quality pictures.


  • Jordan Barab

    December 10, 2012 12:58 pm

    An old truck in a field in Oregon. The inside was as interesting as the outside




  • Niki Trento-Spencer

    December 10, 2012 11:30 am

    This shot is a blending of the main subject (the tree) with the view the tree is facing. (looking to my left was the tree, to the right, the edge of the lake)


    This one is the tree using a spicify filter from topazlabs.com. This brings out more color and details.


    And this is the tree without the spicify. All I did to this one was lighten the ground at the base of the tree.


  • Calvin Guyer

    December 10, 2012 07:48 am

    Shots of a hay rake, followed by a close up of the seat, followed by a shot of the barn door in the background of the first shot.

    Actually, the first shot of the hay rake was from a wider angle. I then tightened up the composition on the "first" shot below. The seat drew my interest as did the old barn door in the background. I also shot the window but the results were not as appealing to me. Hope that you enjoy.


  • blueb3ll

    December 10, 2012 01:09 am

    Winter feed for the deer




  • Zain Abdullah

    December 9, 2012 05:52 pm

    This elegant heritage building of Kuala Lumpur whose architecture was based on Mughal Architecture was designed by AB Hubback, a British architect when Malaya (now Malaysia) was still colonised by Great Britain. This building is called The Old High Court Building as it used to house the high court complex.

    The Old High Court Building is framed by the arch belonging to the neighbouring building which is also another Mughal architecture building

    Horse-shoe arches and key-hole arches along the verandah characterize the Mughal Architecture

    Ogee arch that frames the door is also one of the characteristics of Mughal Architecture for this Old High Court Building

  • Matthew Crabtree

    December 9, 2012 01:12 pm

    Here is my attempt at my 1 Subject 3 Shots submission.




  • Raluca Melania

    December 9, 2012 10:13 am

    3 shots from a series I took of an air show


    they all star the same group of 7 supersonic aircrafts, on the same flight, from different perspectives, angles, with different focal lengths and editing

  • rich

    December 8, 2012 06:21 pm

    I'm not sure that my last shot is the best, but here is my triptych of tigers at Taronga:


  • Steve

    December 8, 2012 10:39 am

    First a shot of our local pier as I was walking to it (approach)
    Next a shot when it got misty (and closer)
    Finally even closer (different angle)

    My usual routine is start shooting as soon as in sight, keep shooting as I approach, walk around and look for different angles.

  • Jeff E Jensen

    December 8, 2012 08:59 am

    Great challenge! Here's some I took earlier this week.


  • ClickSnapShot

    December 8, 2012 07:20 am


  • Tom OConnor

    December 8, 2012 06:43 am

    Here's mine:




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