Whilst dipping into a number of old cupboards I can across a bunch of old photography magazines. All a bit dated now but included was a number of supplements. By supplements I mean DVDs, magazine supplements and extra guidance on specific photo items. Amongst the pile was a small packet about the size of a cigarette pack. The pack was supplied by Digital Camera magazine and it contains 30 playing card sized slips. Each card offers a suggested idea, a theme or a project designed to help ‘fire up’ your creative juices when feeling at a loss as where to point your camera next. As it’s difficult to show all the cards it seemed a good idea to share the contents......so here goes.
1). Photograph six circular objects.
2). Photograph something you find in your fridge.
3). Shoot six orange objects.
4). Shoot something found in your toolbox.
5). Walk 1 km north of your home and take a picture every 100m.
6). Go out after dark and make images. No flash. No tripod. No blur. No orange pictures.
7). Relieve the days of film on a day out. Blank out your LCD screen and take 36 exposures.
8). Stop a stranger in the street and take their portrait.
9). Just take one lens on a trip. If it’s a zoom, use the widest setting.
10) Photograph rock, paper and scissors in one shot.
11) Take a great picture in which everything is out of focus.
12) Photograph five things beginning with the letter E.
13) Shoot a subject that’s only partly in the frame.
14) Open a magazine and recreate the first image you come across.
15) Spend a days shooting things with your pointing upwards.
16) Shoot a piece of white paper in 10 different ways without cutting or tearing it.
17) Find each of the letters in your name, shooting each.
18) Photograph a watch or other gadget in the style of a glossy magazine advert.
19) Go out and 30 minutes shoot something red, a cat and a bicycle.
20) Image your home was burning down and you could save three objects. Photograph them now.
21) Shoot the shadow of something made of glass.
22) Photograph something black against a black background.
23) Pick a Bond theme tune and illustrate it.
24) Photograph a plate of food in the style of Angel Adams.
25) Take a self-portrait in the style of a well-known photographer.
26) Use a flat-bed scanner to make images.
27) Make a symmetrical image using reflections.
28) Make something, photograph it, then photograph its destruction.
29) Interpret the phrase “ A chain in only as strong as outside weakest link” photographically.
30) Using objects, make a portrait of someone you know.
The creative ideas within the cards were designed to increase in complexity as numbers increase, surely they are worth a try?
From Digital Camera magazine, sadly no longer on sale
Thanks for reading
Terence Jones ARPS
A photography enthusiast with a long and varied interest in taking pictures.
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