A particularly fun and creative exercise that I learned from Don Giannatti is a photography ‘improv’ session: pick a subject/object/idea/theme and a time limit (say, an hour). Make as many good photographs in that time as possible. No limits on technique or methods: change lenses, cameras, lighting, angles, positions.
Sometimes I do this when I have a spare hour or so at home. In the examples below, I selected something already in the house, went to a table by an north-facing window, and began shooting with natural window light, continuous artificial light, and/or strobes.
I carry the improvisation forward to the post-processing phase, as well: the experimentation with alternate treatments is not only a pleasurable way to pass the time, but often leads to some new “looks” that I can utilize in future shoots.
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