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October 23, 2004

Shoe Samples

This is an example of the shoe project. It was a slow day photographically speaking, and I just wanted to get my eyes working a bit. I started out with my shoe.

It's a long way from brilliant photography, but it did give me the opportunity to get my camera in my hand and take some photos.

One great thing about taking pictures of your feet - they are always with you no matter where you go. You always have the opportunity to take a few photos of the mundane to get you going.

I sat in my chair that day, and took a few photos of my shoe. And what do you know. I looked up from this fascinating subject, and the next thing I saw was the photo to the right.

Hopefully this illustrates that sometimes you have to start with a simple subject in order to see something more interesting. This is especially true when you are photographing a location you are familiar with.

You may look around and just see a lot of the same old things that you see day after day. But after photographing something commonplace (like your shoes) the ordinary can become extraordinary.

I hope this technique works for you. Happy picture taking!

Posted by Chris at 06:02 PM

October 08, 2004

Start With Your Shoes

This project will sound strange at first, but bear with me. It will make sense. Really.

The challenge that we all face as photographers is the same thing that writers encounter from time to time: block. You're standing in a park, or a field, or downtown, and would like to take a photo.

But you have no idea where to start. Nothing catches your eye. Nothing leaps out and says "Photograph ME!"

So what to do? Start with your shoes. Point that camera you have in your hands straight at your feet. Take a few photos: get closer, then get far away.

Now look up. Do you see something now? If so, take advantage of it.

What this project addresses is that sometimes when you are stuck in a photographic rut, the best thing to do is just start taking pictures. Those first few shots get the synapses in the right side of your brain fired up.

Once started, you begin to see things that are interesting, where before there was nothing.

I can't say for sure that this technique will work for you, but it has certainly helped me out in the past.

And who knows? You may just wind up with a remarkable shot of your own two feet.

Posted by Chris at 08:35 AM