Photography Tips on Using Constraints
One of the best ways to push your creativity is to introduce constraints. It might sound contradictory, but it’s true! By limiting yourself and your choices you not only remove the overwhelming ideas or ways to get started, but you force yourself to work within the defined limits and push what you already know or habits you rely on.
One great way to do this is to use one spot or location in 5 different ways!
Here is one example that I did for the challenge using our stairs. I changed up the perspective and also the light to capture lots of different memories and portraits.
In the example above, the first image is front light. I am standing between my subjects and the window behind me. This makes for nice, even, often-flattering light.
In the middle image, my subject is backlit and I’m slightly lower than my subject. (Funny story.. he was sitting in timeout on the steps, and actually fell asleep like that.)
In the image on the right, I’m slightly above my subject, light is to the side and above him.
In the image at the very top, of my son licking the sucker, that is actually created in the exact same spot. A simple portrait, with side light.
The image below is the same spot early in the morning in harsh light – the opposite wall from the soft light portrait at the top.
This is such a great exercise to try out when you are creatively stuck or if you are doing a P365 project and run out of ideas to shoot. Pick a key spot or room in your house. Think of the stories and moments you can capture in that ONE location – the kitchen table, the front door, etc.
If you give this challenge a try, I’d love to see what you create! Tag me in your post @loripickens or DM me a collage of your images.
Do you love creative challenges like this? Our Indoor Light class has over 15 specific and direct exercises to try as you work through the course materials.
Another great option is the Click Community forum, where they have both on-going and creative monthly challenges to push you and friends to support you.
I have a few tools in my toolbelt that will help you grow to be the photographer you’ve always wanted to be! Whether you are prepping to be a ClickPro Elite or just ready to start leveling up and making new goals, check out these resources to help you grow!
(for the challenges, you must be in the Click Community)