If you've been taking your children to the playground for 8 years like I have, you might find yourself getting bored with your photos. There are only so many shots you need of your kid coming down the slide.
So, what is to be done? Stop taking photos? Stop going to the playground?
I found myself here recently. I had even rented a 70-200 lens for a family shoot the following day and wanted to test it out with my own kids. However, once we got to the park, I was bored with all the shots I was making. Other photographers can make art with any lens and here I was with a beautiful lens creating boring snapshots. So, I took a step back.
I blinked and looked with new eyes at the playground. Suddenly, I saw lines, geometric shapes, interesting shadows and compelling stories.
Sometimes all we need to do to break out of the photography rut is to just decide to see in a new way. So, next time you're bored with your park photography, try these steps:
- Close your eyes. Open them when you're ready to see in a new way.
- Take your camera out of your normal settings. Get out of your comfort zone.
- Experiment with new angles or slower shutter speeds
- When you get home, try editing them in a different style
Black and white photos are more than clicking a button on the computer take away color. If you make a photo with the intention of it being black and white (like the old film masters had to do), you pay attention to light, shadows, textures, etc. You then heighten that with special post-production editing. The result will hopefully tell the story that the photographer originally intended.
The kids have two days off school. What to do? Let's head to the Museum of Natural History and try our hand at documentary photography.
We actually did a Pinterest activity... and it worked!
Last week at my kids' school some of the other moms were talking about when they tried to dip pumpkins into nail polish to create a marbled look and how it failed so horribly. Out of curiosity, I looked the technique up when I got home. It sure did make some pretty pumpkins and did look pretty easy. Probably won't really work though, right?