creativity exercise: shooting indirectly

Many surfaces have reflective qualities — glass, metal, water, even highly polished wood. Take a walk around your house/neighborhood/city/etc, and pay attention to reflective surfaces. When you set out to find reflections, you might be surprised at the variety of surfaces capable of catching and reflecting the light. Also pay attention to the way that the shape (and even texture) of the surface changes the way subjects/scenes appear (as opposed to when they are viewed directly). How can you use the light catching / image distorting features of reflective surfaces creatively? Most importantly, pay attention to WHAT appears in the reflection. Is there a subject there you might not have noticed before? As you change your perspective (move left/right/higher/lower), what new subjects or scenes appear within the reflection?

This week, you may not shoot your subject directly. You must shoot a surface that reflects your subject or scene, but you may NOT use an actual mirror (too easy!!). Remember that the idea is to shoot the subject indirectly – not merely to capture a random reflection somewhere in your image.

And here are some of the faves submitted for the exercise:

Holly Thompson:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Kara Roberts:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Crissie Fields:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Megan:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Mindy:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Angie Allen:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Amanda Norton:

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Rashelle Cuperus:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Awesome job, ladies!!!  Can’t wait to see what you do next time!

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

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