I was having a bit of a surf around the internet looking for web sites related to another site I have just started about stock photography and I came across a post by David Huntley about being creative and I thought it was a great idea for a beginner. So all credit to David for the idea, I hope he doesn’t mind me pinching it.
So what do you have to do. Well David’s idea was to take one normal household object and take 100 different pictures of it. Yes, that’s 100. This is a great way to explore your cameras settings, so don’t be afraid of trying different modes on your camera, different aperture settings, different shutter speeds or different lenses if you have them. It also doesn’t matter at all if the shots don’t come out very well, you will learn more from your mistakes than your successes. You can also make use of different lighting too. Try using your flash or use desk lamps to try and create different lighting effects. It’s basically an excuse to go mad with your camera and just try out as much as you can.
The key to this task is to remember what settings you used on your camera, which menus you used to get to those settings or which dials or buttons you pressed. After taking 100 photos you should know your camera a lot more than you did before. It might be an idea to have a pad and pen and note down the settings you used for each image so when you come to review them you can see which settings produced the images that turned out best, and which settings you may need to experiment with a bit more.
So there you have it, just go for it and see what you end up with. I look forward to seeing some of your results.