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 October 8, 2004 08:35 AM

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