20 Creative Photography Exercises for Mobile and SLR

Before taking each of the following photographs think about the light, think about depth of field and think about exposure. If you don’t get the correct exposure change the settings until the exposure is correct and then do the task again.

Four way photography

  1. Take a selfie. Then take a quarter turn to the right and take another. Keep doing that until you are back to where you started. You will end up with four photographs. Take each one from the same angle, i.e. if you take the first with your arm outstretched and above you head take them all like that. There should be a uniformity to the angle you take the photo from.
  2. Repeat the above exercise in different locations. Use different angles and perspectives but for each set of four photos use the same angle.
  3. Take at least one set of four photos standing near a window.
  4. Take a photograph of an individual standing next to a window. Have them standing side-on to the window and take a head and shoulder shots from different sides and different angles.
  5. Have them face on to the window and again take a set of head and shoulder photos from all sides and angles. They should not move or turn as you take these photos.
  6. Take a photograph of yourself or someone else that makes use of the rule of thirds.
  7. Take a portrait but this time place the subject directly in the centre of the frame.
  8. If you have control over the depth of field on you camera take a photo of a member of the workshop with the narrowest depth of field available on your camera. I.e you subject should be sharp but your background should be out of focus. (e.g. f/2.8 or f/4)
  9. If you have control over depth of field take the same photo but with maximum depth of field, i.e the background will be as sharp as the subject. (e.g. f/22)
  10. Take a photo of a persons legs and feet, a photo of their body (including their arms and hands) and a photo of their head and shoulders. Try to find a way that you can imagine them together in a photo frame. Make sure each photo fills the frame and there is no clutter in the background.
  11. Take a photograph of another member of the group and find a way to place a frame around them. I.e. they could be in a doorway or someone could be framing their face with their hands. Or they could be framing themselves with their arms.
  12. Take a portrait of yourself or someone else where only a small part of your face is in the frame. Keep the rest of the frame clutter free.
  13. Take a portrait where the subject is standing in front of a window. The subject should be a dark silhouette against the bright background.
  14. Take a photo form the same standpoint but change the setting of your camera so that you can see the person rather than the light behind them.
  15. Take a photograph that doesn’t have your face in it but it still clearly represents who you are.
  16. Take a portrait that has no horizontal or vertical lines. I.e. not portrait and not landscape. Make it look like it wasn’t a mistake.
  17. Take a photo in a way that makes light visible; i.e. a light flare or dust floating in a shaft of light – just whatever light you can capture.
  18. Take a photo of an object in the gallery that in some way relates to you.
  19. Take a photo without looking. For example, put your camera down at your feet or on a table or take a photo behind your back. Make one of those photos a selfie – don’t look at the screen when you take it.
  20. Find somewhere where you can see a reflection of yourself and take a photo of your reflection.

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