If you are looking for some photography exercises to build your photographic muscles, some ideas:
- As dark as possible: Shoot all your photos as dark as possible. Shoot as much minus exposure compensation as possible (-2, -3 exposure compensation) while still seeing something. Best to do in monochrome.
- Provoke camera (iPhone) only: Download the black and white high contrast ‘provoke’ camera app, and shoot all your photos with that.
- The one square block project: Only shoot one square block for a month. This can be your own home, or a certain neighborhood you like.
- Imitate a photographer you admire: Literally try to copy a photographer (whether Henri Cartier Bresson or Bruce Gilden) for a month. List of masters. Steal their approach, technique and style. Remember, The best artists steal (Picasso).
- Delete your Instagram, and post everything you would post on your Instagram to your own blog.
- Register your own domain. Signup on bluehost.com or 1and1.com, and register your first name last name photo (erickimphotography.com) and install wordpress.org. You cannot be free until you own your own domain.
- One year with one lens and focal length: Stick to one lens and focal length for an entire year. For example an entire year with 28mm or 35mm.
- Spend a year blocking all photography websites, blogs, and gear-equipment and rumor websites for a year. Make a rule to just shoot with your one camera for a whole year (whether it be your RICOH GR III, Fujifilm camera, Leica camera, Sony, etc).
- Purge: Purge (get rid) of all your cameras (sell them, give them away) and start again from scratch.
- ARSBETA.COM: Give feedback on the photos of other photographers (at least 10) and upload at least 10 of your photos there.
- Have a conversation with WHY APP? and try to ask yourself at least 5 times ‘why’ you shoot photos.
- Buy one photo book at least once a month for a whole year (12 books in a year).
- Start your own YouTube channel, and just vlog with your iPhone.
- Get an iPad: Buy an iPad for your creative needs. Use ProCreate App, Apple Photos, Zen Brush 2 app. I am a fan of the new M1 iPad with LIDAR. Editing photos on iPad is great.
- Start sketching: Like my friend Richard Reed. Only black pen or pencil. Creative constraints.
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