Field Guide

Love Affair with Tree Field Guide

Day One

Love Affair with Tree

 

  • Find a tree
  • Turn your phone on airplane mode
  • Set your timer for 10 minutes
  • Take 3 slow breaths, clearing your mind of everything but this assignment
  • Take a few shots of the whole tree
  • Then get close and photograph all the patterns and textures you see.
  • Keep moving around the tree
  •  Don’t stop shooting
  •  until your alarm goes off.

Day Two

Your Favorite Color

 

  • Choose a color. Let’s say, ‘blue’
  • Turn your phone on airplane mode
  • Set your timer for 10 minutes
  • Take 3 slow breaths, clearing your mind of everything but this assignment
  • Photograph blue things for ten minutes
  • Get as close as possible to your subject
  • Let the ‘blue’ thing fill your whole frame.
  • You can photograph parts or all of your subject
  • Have fun

Day Three

Get Closer

 

  • Choose something (not a human) that interests you
  • Set your timer for 10 minutes
  • Take 3 slow breaths and clear your mind
  • Take a photograph of your subject where you find it
  • Now, move closer and take a few shots, then closer, then closer and keep shooting
  • Take a moment to be sure your photographs are in focus. You may be too close
  • If you have time, consider moving it to where the light is better or more interesting
  • Don’t let your mind wander

Day Four

What you don’t like

 

  • Put on your most negative lens and photograph something or things that you don’t like
  • Once you are at the site where you will shoot, put your phone in airplane mode
  • Set your timer for 10 minutes
  • Take 3 slow breaths and as you do, clear your mind
  • You can spend your entire ten minutes on one thing or wander to photograph as many as you can fit in the time you’ve allotted. Let your subjects fill your frame.
  • Some things are better illustrated in contest and if your subject is, move further back.

Day Five

A pile of junk

 

  • Today’s assignment illustrates you can find beauty wherever you look
  • Find something ugly to photograph. Again, do not choose a person. It can be a pile of junk, an old car, a mess inside or out, ramshackle building,  anything.
  • Start by photographing the entire scene. Take several shots to be sure you illustrate what an unattractive subject you’ve chosen
  • Now come close and focus in on interesting colors, shapes, patterns and textures, on anything that pleases your eye. Don’t be put off by rust or peeling paint, even debris.
  • Shoot verticals and horizontals, slant your camera to the left or right. From time to time, take a moment or two to look at how beautiful you pictures are.

Day Six

Beautiful

 

  • Choose something you find beautiful. It can be of the natural world: a beach, park, flower, or anything alive, other than a human being. You may prefer something man made; perhaps a building or car
  • Put your phone into airplane mode, set your timer for 10 minutes and take three slow breaths, and empty your mind.
  • Photograph your subject in its entirety and then photograph its parts
  • If it’s movable, move it to a place with a different kind of light.
  • If you have time, try placing it on a different background.

Day Seven

People

  • Spend your ten minutes making candid pictures of people. It is best to photograph people you know.
  • Just take out your cell phone and start making pictures. Just a brief explanation if someone asks, “I need to take candids for a class I’m taking. (you are) Just ignore me,” usually works.
  • Get as close as you can. If you have a zoom lens, use it.
  • Photograph people in conversation, concentrating on their work, or just having fun.
  • If you have friends with children, spend your ten minutes photographing them. They too will smile for the camera, take a quick shot and then ask them to ignore you.
  • As with all assignments, turn your phone on airplane mode when you start. Don’t let your mind wander. Don’t wait for a great shot. Just keep shooting. You’ll be surprised at how many good ones you get.