Shoot something different
I shoot a lot of pictures of the same subjects. The grandkids are #1. Once the weather warms up I shoot a lot of flowers. When we go somewhere I end up with lots of cityscapes or landscapes. I know photographers on smugmug and Flickr that don’t even vary that much. They keep shooting the same thing over and over and over again.
The thought behind this post is to challenge you to shoot something different. If you go somewhere take some pictures of things you normally wouldn’t. This requires a lot of looking around. When you go to the Grand Canyon or Paris or Washington DC you know what to shoot, right? It’s obvious – just take a look at the postcard racks. So go ahead and take those mandatory shots but take a break every once in a while and look for something else to shoot. It could be important to where you are – a street sign perhaps. Or is could just be different, a pair of shoes in a window display. Every month I post of few of my favorite pictures to my smugmug galleries. I went back over last year’s photos to see if I could find some examples to get your creative juices flowing.
Here’s a chandelier at our local McDonalds.
and a notepad for sale in a nearby Home Goods store.
A couple of shots from Beverly Hills California.
Unusual soap for sale in an antique mall
Broken chalk on a sidewalk in Geneva, Illinois
Candy in a store window
A wasp nest on our garage
Lunch at Kona Grill
June. This was pretty easy because we went on a cruise. But I tried to find some shots that were different from the typical postcards
Bike in Geneva, Illinois
Our dinner one night
Bison burgers on our grill
Troop car, New Buffalo Michigan
Shoe in a candy store window
Gingerbread house at the Chicago Marriott
Fish at the Rainforest Café
13 second exposure at night out the window
That’s it. Go back through your pictures over the past year or month or whatever. How many can you find that aren’t from your specialties? If you don’t find many then challenge yourself going forward to add some variety.
Starting today try to find something different to shoot. Post it somewhere by the end of the month and send me a link. If I get some response I’ll do a blog post with the pictures that you all take.