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It happens that everyday routine muffles a creative approach to shooting. We offer you some interesting exercises aimed at increasing creativity and developing technical skills.

How to pump creativity

Exercise 1. Imagine filming

Imagine that you are holding a film camera with a limit on the number of frames (from 24 to 36), and at the same time there is no way to immediately see the shot. Set for yourself a limited number of photos per day, turn off the preview on the screen and do not view the images until you return home.

The purpose of the exercise. This will teach you to devote more time to thoughtful planning of each shot, and also help to develop an inner flair.

Exercise 2. Take only black and white images.

Devote the whole day to photographing in black and white. However, do not use post-processing or filters. In portrait shooting, pay special attention to the character’s eyes, they primarily attract the viewer’s eye. Try different lighting options.

How to pump creativity

The purpose of the exercise. Shooting in monochrom makes you focus on contrast, lighting and shadows, lines and shapes. It not only shows the world from a different point, but also allows you to hone a set of photographic skills.

Exercise 3. Break the rules

Some traditional rules determine how to make the best shot: portraits should be lit in front; landscapes should be captured during the golden hour; Photographs should be compiled using the rule of thirds. In this exercise, you break these rules for one day — focus on photographing backlit portraits, midday landscapes, and objects in the center.

The purpose of the exercise. The skills of working in adverse conditions that may occur during real shooting are tested. As a result, you should get interesting shots – more dramatic or atmospheric.

Exercise 4. Set a time limit

Choose a scene focused on subjects in action and limit yourself to five-minute shooting. This can be a shot at home, in the market, in a park or on the street. Look for a scene in which there are many activities: people rush to work, have a picnic, play sports or play with their pets. Set the timer to five minutes and shoot the scene purposefully in a variety of ways. Practice taking pictures at close range, from a long distance, and from different angles.

The purpose of the exercise. The skill will help you become better acquainted with shooting people in an uncontrolled environment. The only thing you can control is how creative you are in shooting movements, expressions of emotions, interactions. This practice helps develop flexibility as a visual narrator.

Exercise 5. Do not use photo post-processing

Rely on your skills as a photographer, not on post-processing techniques in a graphics editor to enhance your images. What elements do you usually crop, retouch, or adjust in post-processing? Focus on them before you press the shutter.

The purpose of the exercise. Allows you to improve your technique and preparation skills for shooting. This practice encourages you to take the right photo the first time, while carefully considering all the details of the composition.

Exercise 6. Stick to one place for shooting.

Take a walk around the city like an urban explorer, and practice standing in one place, take 10 photos. After you walk 100 steps and do the same again.

The purpose of the exercise. Photography is the capture of details. By focusing on your observations, you will begin to notice things that you would otherwise have missed.

Exercise 7. 10 shots of one subject

Take 10 different shots of one small subject from different angles, from different distances, under different lighting. This can be a close-up or macro. There should not be similar pictures. Shoot an entire subject or focus on its central part.

The purpose of the exercise. Thinking through and practicing various compositional photography techniques.

Exercise 8. Draw

Write one easy-to-search item on 30 pieces of paper, for example: a shadow, a cat, a tree, coffee, an elderly person, etc. Put these notes in a box, and pull out one leaf at random every day. On this day, you should focus on shooting and getting the best shot of this particular subject.

The purpose of the exercise. It will help to catch the beauty in the ordinary and take a fresh look at everyday life.

Exercise 9. Repeat other people’s photos

If you have any experience and feel comfortable behind the camera, you can try to recreate photos taken by other photographers.

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