52 Week Photographic Challenge - Week 48 - Turn the Ordinary into Extraordinary

November 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Snake Skin Sling-backsSnake Skin Sling-backs Your challenge this week is to make the ordinary seem extraordinary through photography.

This is the perfect challenge to develop your photography skills without leaving the house.   You can photograph simple, everyday items to create amazing images.

Before you even pick up your camera, go for a walk through the rooms in your house or shed, even rummage through the kitchen drawers and consider compositional elements like patterns, leading lines, angles, symmetry, contrast, placement, colour and apply, at least one or two or more of them to the objects that interest you.

Learning to see ordinary objects with your photographer’s eye takes practice and soon those rusty nails or old knitting needles will beckon you to photograph it.

Get close, then get closer and fill your frame to bursting.  It is a great way to show an ordinary subject in a new and extraordinary way.

The beauty of photographing objects in your own home is that they are yours and you can move them or you can freely move around them.  If you find the light isn’t working for you in one position, move it to a better location.  If the background is to busy and not what you want, slip in some card or fabric and make your own.

Being able to move around your subject is a huge advantage as you can take photos of that subject from many different angles and perspectives.   This kind of practice is invaluable as you are building your understanding of what works and doesn’t work compositionally.

Now go and use your imagination and make the ordinary seem extraordinary.  Remember to enjoy yourself and have fun this week.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


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