It’s not just the body that needs exercise. For a photographer, the brain also needs a mental jog every once in a while to get its creative juices flowing. However, this list will not ask you to gear up and go to the gym. Instead, we will work the brain through a series of fun activities using the camera. After all, the only way to become a better photographer is to actually take shots.
This list will require you to go outside and enjoy the view, so make sure to have your shooting gears ready. Are you ready to improve your photography skills? Then keep reading!
Exercise #1: Two Dozen
Pick a location. Stand in one spot and make 24 unique photographs while standing in the same place. You cannot move your feet.
Exercise #2: Ten of One
Take 10 unique and/or abstract photographs of 1 small subject.
Exercise #3: Four Corners
Choose one subject and place it, where it exists, in each corner of the frame for 4 images.
Exercise #4: Artificial Restrictions
Create restrictions for a day or weekend of shooting. Limits may include one prime lens, one location, B&W only and more. Click here to see more limits from the author.
Exercise #5: Shoot a “Roll of Film”
Go somewhere you have wanted to go to take photos but have been procrastinating about visiting. With your digital camera, shoot a “Roll of 24 or 36 exposures.” After 24 or 36 exposures, you are out of “film.”
Exercise #6: Twelve Abstracts
Photograph a dozen abstracts of a common object.
Exercise #7: Portable Subject
Carry a subject with you and put it in the frame no matter where you are shooting.
Exercise #8: The Un-Selfie Selfie
You have to be inside every frame.
Exercise #9: Mixing Bowl
Drop many pieces of scrap paper into a mixing bowl. Each piece should have a single word or phrase. Draw a piece of paper, grab your camera, and start shooting. Click here to see samples of what can be on the scraps of paper.
Exercise #10: Change Up
Try a different genre of photography.
Exercise #11: Nine Elements
Photograph these nine elements of a scene while in one location:
Exercise #12: Steps
Go for a walk somewhere you have always wanted to photograph. As you walk, stop and take a unique image after a predetermined number of steps.
Exercise #13: Two Trips
Put your camera somewhere safe. Walk somewhere without a camera and look for photographs. When you reach your destination, walk back over the same route while still looking for photos. Finally, with camera in hand, retrace your steps for the third time and capture those photographs.