Following up from previous posts, here’s an assignment.
Put your 50mm f/1.8 lens on your camera and, using just available light, go shoot twelve things in your living room that show its character. Or shoot lots, but pick the best twelve.
Then put these together in a 3×4 arrangement, like this (yes that’s my living room):
This assignment forces you to look properly. What is it that shows the character? What makes for a simple shot? It also forces you to use the right techniques for simplifying and filling the frame. And you get to practice low-light shooting, selective focus, and so on.
But most of all, you get to think about subjects. Initially you’ll struggle to fine ten – then suddenly 100 pictures will suggest themselves.
Show me your results!
Great project! Once you get going it’s hard to stop at 12 pics.
Here’s what my living room turned up: http://www.flickr.com/photos/derrideb/3913782893/
I really like “my space”. The colours harmonise very nicely. And when I downloaded the original I could see each photo was of great quality – and sharp!
Did you choose the ordering of the photos carefully. I admit my entry was simply in the order taken.
A variation on this assignment could be “tell a story in 12 frames”.
Love them. Well put together and I love the red-orange-yellow colours. And this shows your personality very well. A few extra nice touches, the “Atwood” and the cat. Great stuff, and fun. 35mm on a D60 is equivalent to a 50mm lens on a full frame camera. Great length for this kind of natural shot.
I hope it’s not too late to do this assignment …
My entry is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianfuller/4076550007/
I don’t have a 50mm F/1.8 so I used my 50mm F2.5 “Compact Macro” on the EOS-30D. I shot at either F2.5 or F2.8 and varied the ISO to get an acceptable shutter speed since I was hand holding the camera.
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Totally not too late!
I like your version: it gives me a great idea of “who you are” – PC-based English traveller who lives abroad and drinks instant coffee (of course, I used to as well, when growing up in the UK and much more recently when living in Asia). Wonderful. If I were to suggest anything it might be to doi a litte less selective depth of field in some of them, and to crop slightly differently on one or two – e.g. the one top middle, which might (or might not: try) be better if you swung tad to the right or left. Wonderful exercise and great at showing who you are, don’t you think?
Oh and I did try to arrange carefully (things point into the middle, not out of it).
I should re-frame #1 – it has a jar of real ground coffee. See http://bkkphotographer.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/vpp-coffee/
Yes, it’s a great way to share some information. I always like to look at peoples’ bookshelves (or lack thereof) when I visit.
Maybe I should try again with a rectangular format so show more. The square format was an experiment at breaking my habit of proportioning everything the same way.
I like the square format for this. Very much so. And a great idea, btw. Break the mold!