Last week, I shared with you a simple creative photography exercise to help you get out of a rut. It was such a success and your photos turned out so beautifully that I want to challenge you to another creative exercise. Remember our discussion about finding an intention for our photos? Usually this includes planning exactly you want  in your photo before even picking up your camera. This week we are setting an intention in order to stir up some more of those creative juices. Your intention? To capture opposites!

Dichotomy is a division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups. Example would be boy/girl, wet/dry, black/white. This may sound simple. But, in order to clearly convey this, our intentions must be well thought out and a plan must be made.

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Capturing Opposites

Week 19 – 5/4-10

Where do you start?

1. Make a list of some opposites that you might want to photograph. Also think about where you might find them. Your location is key in this exercise! Also when you have a list or some ideas beforehand, it will help you immensely in the end. Unlike, last week, we are not looking around blindly for our subject. We are on the hunt for a specific photo.

Some ideas might be:

  • new flowers popping up through leaves
  • a newborn being held in larger arms
  • old buildings next to new buildings
  • newborn hands holding older hands
  • flowers or trees growing in an urban setting

I like to use opposites when photographing details. One of my favorite concepts for opposites is contrasting a bright shiny engagement ring against a rock or brick wall or on stick.

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It is also why I like to scout out rustic locations for my family shoots. I love having a well-dressed family against a stone wall or barn door. The contrast really helps your subject stand out!

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Or you can create a literal photograph depicting opposites, like black and white or spring and fall. The possibilities are endless!

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2. Don’t try to capture everything on your list in one day. There is such a thing as photography burn out. It will be hard to pull yourself away because it is a fun exercise. But you don’t want to exhaust all of your creativity in one day.  Instead, take the time really put the thought behind your creative process by focusing on shot at a time. This will really show in your final image.

Now that you have your list, it’s time to go out exploring. Make sure you share your images on Facebook!


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