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In this great video by B&H Photo & Video, photographer David Flores, along with the help of B&H’s Todd Vorenkamp, discuss 13 ways you can get your creative photography juices flowing.
In the video, David outlines the following 13 creative exercises for photographers.
Find a spot and stand in it. Take 24 photos while in that spot.
Take 10 photos of one small object. You may need to use close-up or macro.
Choose one subject and place it in each for corners of your frame.
Set yourself restrictions of using one of only the following: Color, black and white, photographing while lying down, shadows, only one location, one lens, over-exposing, under-exposing, filling the frame, or negative space. You may think of others you can use too.
Buy a roll of film so you have to limit your max shooting number to 24 or 36.
Pick one single common object, take 12 photos.
Find something to carry with you and work it into your subject.
Put yourself into the frame. Use a tripod and set up some nicely framed compositions.
Lot’s of exercises in one. Write a bunch of different exercises down onto a piece of paper and cut them into strips. Place them into a bowl/hat and pick one out. That is the exercise you focus on.
Try a different genre of photography.
Include the 9 elements of art. Light, Shadow, line, shape, form, texture, color, size, depth. Add focus, tonality, quality of light, negative space. Take only one image per element.
Go somewhere you have always wanted to photograph. Pick a number of steps to take before stopping to take a photograph. Use this number over a few blocks and see what you end up photographing.
Go to a space without your camera and then go back with your camera afterward and photograph the things you had noticed.