Phtographing Self-assignments

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Ever get the urge to go out and take pictures but couldn’t think of anything to take pictures of? Not to worry…this happens to me quite often. I’ve talked to other photography pros/enthusiasts and they mostly say the same thing. It happens to us all at one time or another.

When starting out as a photo enthusiast, I wanted to learn all there was to know about photography. One thing I learned was… the learning never stops. Anyway, I subscribed to a “How-To” photo magazine from England and read as many books on “How-To” from the various local libraries. In each photo magazine issue, there would be a new “How-To” subject. In every issue there was the underlying message of “Practice, practice, practice”. So, I did.

In one issue there was the subject of “photography block” where the mind just can’t come up with anything to shoot and they mentioned doing self-assignment themes to get the brain thinking again.

Even today, I have to do this off and on when I get in a creative mood but just can’t come up with a subject to shoot.

If you have the same problem, here are a few ideas to consider: