What are Self Assignments and Why Do Them?
We all tend to get in creative ruts sometimes. We start assuming too much about what we can and can't photograph, and about the limits of our equipment, our film, and ourselves. These assignments (hopefully) take you out of your comfort zone and get you photographing things you might not normally shoot.
The only way to really learn is to do, and the more film you put through your camera the better you'll get. Plus you get the chance to win a bunch of film. This months winner will get 20 rolls of the Professional film of their choice courtesy of FujiFilm Professional.
This Month - Patterns
Photographers have always been fascinated by abstract patterns. It could be the random patterns in leaves or water, the layers of an exposed rock face, the interplay of shadows, patterns formed by the curves of the body, or the repetitive patterns in found in architecture. Striking patterns can be found in a line of cabs in busy downtown traffic, or in the umbrellas of pedestrians standing on a street corner in the rain.
This month's self assignment is to find and capture those patterns. The two examples here are color, but for this type of photography black and white can be particularly striking. Patterns can be repetitive, they can be subtle curves, or they can be sharp edges. They can be many things, but they are abstract, part of the whole.
The one restriction is that you resist the temptation to alter your images in Photoshop. It's all to tempting to alter edges and clone sections to try and make perfection out of an almost perfect image. If an image doesn't quite work out or the moment passes just keep looking. When you start searching for patterns you'll be amazed at the things you begin to see.
Lens Types (35mm format used as a reference)
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