Challenge Your Limits.
Lack of Inspiration
It’s been a fairly inspiration-less few months here not the other side of the world. I have been working on a lot of archiving and metadata editing for my main job (welcome to the non-glamorous side of every photojournalist career), and needless to say, staring at a computer screen for hours just doesn’t get those creative juices flowing!
A few days ago I was talking to Joel, who is a very talented animator, about this lack of creativity. He suggested what he called “a limit challenge.” It is a project with very specific rules that requires creative thinking to successfully accomplish the goal -within the parameters of course.
We brainstormed for a while and came up with the idea of telling a simple story with exactly 15 pictures. That may seem like quite an easy task, but we were only allowed to take 15 pictures total and we couldn’t look at the shots until we had completed the assignment.
So this was challenging our visual story telling skills along with pure photographic technical ability. Our inspiration was taken from the old days when photojournalists only shot on film, with no automatic review and limited exposures (or shots.)
It was SUCH a great learning experience.
My Struggles/ Things to Work On
I have to be honest, right out of the gate I fell into habit of immediately looking at the shot after I had taken it. I was automatically double checking myself instead of trusting my knowledge of my art.
I took 25 shots instead of just 15 🙁
A few of my shots were overexposed.
I could have been way more creative with my positioning while I waited for certain “decisive moments” in the story.
I needed more facia
Joel Goes to the Market to Buy Fruit