a classic artist’s exercise

Picking up your camera, shooting, and challenging yourself is the best way to improve your photography.  The Creativity Exercises within the Clickin Moms photography forum are a great source for finding new ways to challenge yourself.  On the first Monday of every month the wonderful Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to shoot with the exercise in mind.  While the exercises are ongoing, at the end of each month we choose a few images as the ‘Editors’ Choice’ and share them here with you on the blog.  How fun is that?!  Today we are sharing November’s exercise with you below!

creativity exercise | a classic artist’s exercise

a classic artists exercise photo
*image by Caroline Jensen ‘carolinej’

Drawing an egg is a classic fine art exercise for those working in chalk, charcoal, or pencil. It’s a great way to study form and the way light and shadow work together to establish depth, dimension, and even mood. For this month’s creativity exercise, I challenge you to photograph one or more eggs. While drawing inspiration from the classic exercise (single egg, dramatic light) is a wonderful photographic undertaking and will no doubt produce some beautiful and unexpectedly creative work, you need not necessarily limit yourself to a classic white eggs in whole form. Expand it into a color study with brown eggs; crack an egg and focus on the shapes and textures of the break; splatter an egg on the floor and explore the yolk and shattered shell photographically; remove it from the expected kitchen or farmyard environment.  Remember, too, that you can utilize the metaphorical significance an egg or eggs can have as well. Ultimately, what you choose to do with the subject is your artistic prerogative!

Keep in mind that beautiful photography very frequently isn’t about the subject itself but is often about the quality of the light and the way the photographer perceives and chooses to render that subject. Pay close attention to your light and shadows, and make the ordinary extraordinary!

editors’ choice!

a classic artists exercise photo

Congratulations to the ladies below whose photographs were selected as this month’s Editors’ Choices!

Allison Jacobs ‘allij2008′:

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Holly Thompson ‘HollyAnissa’:

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Michelle Hrin ‘hrin’:

a classic artists exercise photo

Katrina Stewart ‘kat8′:

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Kathleen ‘kathleencollins’:

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Kristin Dokoza ‘kdokoza’:

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Shavan Flake ‘sflake’:

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the exercise!  We love seeing all the beautiful imagery!

Do you want to participate in the next Creativity Exercise?  Visit the forum here where Sarah has challenged us with the theme “Beautiful Bokeh“.  Don’t have a membership to Clickin Moms yet?  Head on over here to sign up!  You can still participate in this ‘A Classic Artist’s Exercise’ challenge by either visiting the forum here or sharing with us in the comments below.  We’d love to see your work!

Read previous creativity exercise tutorials for photographers.

 

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18 Responses to “a classic artist’s exercise”

  1. Elodie B.
    Dec 07 2012 at 5:14 am #

    This november’s exercise was amazing ! Congratulations Ladies !

  2. Dec 07 2012 at 10:37 am #

    What fun to see all these different takes on the exercise! And it’s amazing to see how gorgeous something as simple as an egg can be!

  3. Dec 07 2012 at 10:40 am #

    I love all the different egg images. :) Gorgeous ladies!!

  4. Dec 07 2012 at 10:46 am #

    These photographs are really nice. It’s interesting to see the different interpretations of a single subject. What a great idea to have photos submitted as a theme and I especially like the egg just sitting there surrounded by a little pile of straw.

  5. Dec 07 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Congrats ladies these are beautiful!! This month’s challenge had me stumped!!

  6. Michelle Hrin
    Dec 07 2012 at 11:37 am #

    awww this made my day!

  7. Dec 07 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    These are all beautiful! Congrats ladies! :)

  8. Jenny
    Dec 07 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Who knew eggs could be breathtaking! Beautiful jobs and congrats!

  9. Jennifer Tait
    Dec 07 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Very awesome!

  10. Dec 07 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    these are stunning!!! congrats to all!

  11. Dec 07 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    These are beautiful! Congratulations to everyone who was featured <3

  12. Kathleen Collins
    Dec 07 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow, this is so exciting! You made my day!

  13. Dec 09 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I am incredibly honored to be among these amazing finalists for Editor’s Choice. Thank you so very much!!! Ladies, you all did an amazing job! <3

  14. Lucy K.
    Dec 10 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Gorgeous images, ladies! Very interesting and inspiring!

  15. Dec 11 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    these are such stunning entries! i am inspired!

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