I find it very helpful to give yourself a photo assignment from time to time. Photo assignments can help you expand your skills and force you to step out of your comfort zone and work on your craft a bit.
Last night I gave myself the assignment to grab my camera, go in the kitchen and take a dozen photos.
The rules were:
1. No flash
2. Use whatever lens is on the camera
3. No supplemental lights
4. No tripod
5. You can take more than one photo of an object (and pick the best one), but pick 12 objects (and only 12) and shoot them all regardless of how difficult the subject is.
The only deviation from the rules should be in cases where it’s totally impossible to adhere to them, like in the case of my 30D it has my 100-400mm IS L lens on it … I don’t think my kitchen is big enough to use that lens at the minimum focusing distance … so I picked up the 20D instead.
I shot all my photos with a Canon EOS 20D and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. All photos were shot at f2.8 due to the very low light.
So try it yourself, Pick a room (or even better have your spouse pick a room for you) and go shooting and see what happens.
Until next time,
Allen Rockwell Photography