- Take photos of everyday objects that create letters. That means that letters will not be acceptable if they are from signage, or writing, or forming them by arranging objects. You must come across the letters without altering more than your position and camera settings. With that said, you may flip the photo or rotate it once you get it into the editing program (Lightroom).
- You must get all letters of the alphabet for a chance at full credit. For those of you who forget- There are 26 of them.
- Export your photos to the server, no larger than 2000 pixels on the long side, In a folder labeled with your Lastname, Firstname, with a filename that explains the photo it represents (example: instead of IMG_2345.jpg use A.jpg [no need to write the .jpg extension])
It is sometimes hard to tell what makes a photographer good at what they do. We all find ourselves thinking- how did they come up with that?!? It seems like a completely original, creative idea out of the blue. The truth is- it’s not something you are born with; it’s something squired over time. You actually have to PRACTICE seeing differently!
Stop and smell the roses. If you’ve ever walked along side an artist you might notice them looking off in all sorts of directions, kneeling down to see ‘what’s on the other side of something’, or pausing in the middle of nowhere. On the other hand, you might be walking down the street and see something interesting that catches your eye and everyone else walks by; oblivious to the discovery. To me, an artist isn’t necessarily someone who paints, photographs, sculpts, plays music, designs, or even has to create something. To be an artist, all you need to do is SEE. Not just with your eyes- all your senses. See the world with curiosity and drive and examine it’s details further. Anyone can be an artist, but many claim to be too busy to “stop and smell the roses”. That is what this first exercise is all about.
Your assignment, shall you choose to accept it, is to create a photographic alphabet. We see typography every day and everywhere. But during this practice we will only be taking photographs of letters that were not intentional: A wrench that makes an ‘H’, a flock of birds that make a ‘V’, a toilet seat that makes a ‘C’… you get the point.
By practicing seeing the world in a new way, in this case letters in everyday objects, it will help you to be able to spot the good photographs before you even put the camera to your eye.