This creative photography exercise will help to not burn yourself or your subject out.
People often ask me how I keep my kids from running from the camera and giving me the stink eye. They do that from time to time but honestly, I don’t ask much of them when I pull out the camera. I may prompt them on where I would like them to sit but they are typically really fast mini photo shoots.
That is all I’m asking.
Here’s what you need to do:
Spend 5 minutes with your subject and capture as many different perspectives as possible. It can be a child, flowers, dog, tree, or a spouse.
– Stand on a chair
– Lay on the ground
– Back up
– Get close
– Look up at them
– Look down
– Use lines
There are so many possibilities and when you limit yourself to 5 minutes. You take a lot off pressure of capturing that perfect shot. Just shoot! No excuses! Who doesn’t have 5 minutes? Set a timer, find a subject, and location and get clickin’. Obviously, I like windows as they are a great source of light and have great lines but you can do this anywhere. Also, spend a few minutes prior to clickin’ to clean up your area. You will be happy you did this because it will give you even more perspectives you can use when there isn’t a ton of clutter to work around.
Remember: Don’t stress about this. Every angle you try is not going to work. That is fine! It’s an exercise. It is a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone and capture some different angles of your subject.
Below are a few of the images I captured in my 5 minutes with a one year old. All of these were taken with my D700 and 20mm f/2.8.
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