In those days , In weeks or months , All of us are trapped in ruts by photography . There may be many reasons why you feel like you can't shoot anything worthwhile , And it looks like there's no way out . But simple creative photography exercises may just be the reason why you shrink from shooting .
Consider this , Here are some of the author's favorite works of photography, the author's favorite Creative Photography Practice . They also apply to most topics , So please take photos that suit you ！
Of course , If you want to challenge yourself with a new type of photography or other subject , Then they may come in handy .
Most digital cameras can choose to shoot in black and white . Take a black-and-white shot and view the photo in this way on the back of the camera , Will force you to view images in different ways .
When you shoot in black and white , You'll see everything , It doesn't disperse color . This means you can focus on composition , Light and dark areas and the contrast between different areas .
It's a new way to see the world around you ！
The author has always been a strong advocate for photographers to use focus lenses as much as possible . Not only do they usually have better quality than zoom lenses of the same price , And it usually has a faster aperture ！ There are several primes that can really improve your photography toolbox .
Shooting with a single focal length means you need to work harder to find a good composition . In turn, , This will make you think differently about things . and , If you need to zoom , You have to step on – I'm afraid there is no shortcut here ！
If you don't have a focus lens , Please select a focal length on the zoom lens and stick to it . Check every few photos taken , To make sure it doesn't move .
Choose an aperture , And try the kind of images that will be produced , It might be a good way to start thinking about more advanced composition . Using depth of field as a compositing tool may be an effective way to take photos to a new level .
If you choose a very large aperture to use , You will need to consider how to make the most of the negative space in the image . You're looking for topics that look interesting , These themes seem to run counter to the background .
however , If you choose a very narrow aperture , It will not be easy to isolate objects . You're looking for an entire composition that can work from one end to the other without blurring . You need to find scenes that don't interfere in the background , For example, bright color spots or ugly objects .
Limiting shutter speed can be a good way to try out various motion related effects . Long or short , They all pose different challenges .
If you choose a slower shutter speed , Try to find the motion you can capture . Maybe it's a skater in midair , Or jumping dogs . Freezing is tricky , Need to practice . It also needs some planning ; You may need to focus and predict the motion of the object in advance .
On the other hand , Longer shutter speeds may lead to experiments showing motion . You can practice translation , Light track photography or deliberately moving the camera .
Think back to the era of film （ perhaps , If you're not big enough , If I can't remember , You can imagine ）. Movies are expensive , So it's developing ！ If you shoot in medium format , There are only 12 images per roll , And one of them has to be the Administrator .
The author doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to only 12 photos , It's about trying to shoot for hours , Then you really think about every picture you want to take . Ask yourself why you should take it , And make sure it's the best .
Before you press the shutter button , Please check all the edges of the frame , Determine composition , And make sure it's the right time to make the subject look the best . When you take so much care of each photo , You may be surprised that your photography has improved ！
Sometimes , You just need to realize that practice is perfect . For some subjects , It means taking hundreds or even thousands of images .
Take a day to practice your technical skills , And make sure you get enough images , Make the technology second nature . The more you know about cameras , The easier it is to fix the lens the next time an inspiration is generated .
Street photography usually refers to being invisible and blending into the background . If your subject notices that you are taking a picture , So it's too late to take the first pictures you saw .
Many street photographers like “ From the back ” To avoid being ignored . You will need to use a narrow aperture to achieve a greater depth of field , And pre focus the camera to where you think the subject is .
then …… Go for it ！ Take your camera with you （ Don't forget to wear a wristband ）, Just see the look you like , You can point a fool at the camera . At least in the beginning , Your success rate will be very low , But as time goes by , You will learn to use the camera to capture what the eye sees , Without having to go through the viewfinder .
No flash , No studio lights , No mirrors , No bounce cards . Just walk there , See how natural light hits your object . Move yourself or the theme , Find the most pleasant light , And capture .
For other exercises , Just put your subject in different kinds of light , You can capture several different emotions . You should start to see that our brains interpret different kinds of light in different ways . You can use this knowledge to start communicating more feelings and emotions in the future , This will improve your storytelling skills .
Finding great shots is often harder than actually shooting ！ Challenge yourself to see what you might miss , Please put your foot in one place , And search for ten shots without moving .
Use a zoom lens , Make yourself easier . however , If you want to make it more challenging , Please start limiting your focus , Aperture or shutter speed . The more rules you give yourself , The more you need to work creatively .
While trying to find the ninth and tenth photos , You'll soon start thinking about themes and compositions you never thought about ！
If all operations fail , And you can't go out in front of the camera , So please review the file . Since you've dealt with old photos , You've almost certainly improved your skills , And you may have changed the taste .
Revise old work and reprocess it , Give you the opportunity to practice post-processing skills . Choose what you want to learn , Read some articles or watch videos . Then practice what you learned from the images in the archive .