I guess this is a pretty popular question. Especially after one gets
his hands on his dream camera and lens set-up. What to shoot?
Where to shoot? When to shoot? How to shoot? etc
This boils down to training one’s eyes to see. Sometime I would ask
myself why I didn’t see it when I was at the park last week? Or I didn’t
notice this cool area along the street. Training one eyes to see is a life
long journey. From a newbie to a working professional; one should
continue to hone this process of seeing beyond and freeze the frame
in this wonderful journey call Photography. Sometime the scene
presents itself and we need to be ready, very ready. Other times its
about waiting for the moment to come.
The toughest place to shoot are the places that you are familiar with.
This same place will be your best place to challenge yourself. Its
always easy to travel to a new place or destination to capture a new
environment. Not that traveling is a bad thing. Its a privilege.
So what is there to shoot in a familiar environment? Nothing. I would
like to encourage fellow photographers work on a theme. This is
nothing new but it help us to focus on what we need to shoot. For a
start, try shooting a series with 6-10 shots. Below are a series I put
together. Its call 1,2,3 and many.
Basically I would like to encourage all to shoot base on the theme 1.
All things one. For my case its a single human elements. Same for 2,
3 and many. For “many” is a series base on many people or things.
Below are the four series. Hope this inspire you to try it this weekend.
Here are the series for “2”
Series for “3”
Series for “many”
Here are another three series. First is food. Not the food shot we take
for Instagram before we eat them. Rather before, during and in the act
of eating itself. Feasting is a celebration. When we grateful for the food
on our table it becomes a feast. There are so much more element in the
world of food.
The second series is Gesture. Whether its you hands, legs or body
language. May I let them do the talking.
Lastly is something we all do. Sleeping. Just be mindful not to wake
them up in the process. I hope this series do give you some simple
ideas and do shoot more this coming weekend. Till then do follow me
on IG @ https://www.instagram.com/ivanjoshualoh/