Since making play my word for the year, I find myself looking for opportunities to incorporate more play in the ordinariness of my everyday life. How can I be more playful on my commute to work? How can vacuuming and doing the dishes be more like play? How can grant writing and lesson planning play with ideas I’ve always wanted to try?
So, playing around with the theme of love in honor of Valentine’s Day, (right smack in the middle of February), let’s put some love into playing with some photography techniques! (Thanks, Janis, for the suggestion!)
So for February’s #sdawpphotovoices photo-a-day challenge, we’ll focus on a different aspect of photography each week.
After you shoot, post a photo each day with the hashtag #sdawpphotovoices to Twitter, Instagram, Flicker, Google+ and/or Facebook (the more the better!), so that we can all enjoy the posts. If you are game for some more playfulness, compose a blog post about a photo, a week’s worth of photos, write a photo essay, make a video or slideshow or try a learning walk! (More about learning walks here and here) You are invited to create a pingback by linking to this url or post your blog address in the comment section. It’s fun for me to see what others are doing with the same prompts I am using!
Week 1: Playing with Composition
1. Simplify the scene—move in closer to remove distracting details
2. Rule of thirds (or simply avoid the middle)–what happens when you frame your subject off center?
3. Use leading lines—frame your shot by letting the natural lines (fences, roads, walls…) direct the viewer’s eye
4. Use diagonals—shift the angle, tilt your camera…
5. Check your background—what’s behind your subject? Experiment with finding a background that works with your subject
6. Fill the frame—zoom in or step closer to fill the frame with your subject
7. Break the rules—experiment with your own compositional style
Week 2: Playing with Light
8. Shoot into the light to create a silhouette
9. Capture a shadow
10. Find the light in a dark setting
11. Make light the centerpiece of the photo
12. Experiment with light and dark in one photo
13. Include a reflection (water is useful here!)
14. Try something new with light (either natural light or some other light source)
Week 3: Playing with Perspective
15. Get low
16. Shoot from above
17. Create an optical illusion
18. Play with negative space
19. Get close
20. Try a wide angle effect
21. What other perspective have you tried?
Week 4: Playing with Genre
23. Black and White
28. Street photography
Our goal is to play, share with each other, and learn from each other as we shoot our own photos and study the photos others shoot. Each week includes seven suggestions for exploring the technique. You are welcome to follow them in order, mix them up, or exchange them for a technique you want to try on. You can post every day, once a week, or even sporadically throughout the month…whatever works in your life. Be sure to share and tag your photos with #sdawpphotovoices so we can find them!