creativity exercise: shooting indirectly

Sarah Wilkerson has been at it again and challenging us to stretch our creativity!  We just concluded another Creativity Exercise at Clickin Moms photography forum.

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


creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo


creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Angie Allen:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Amanda Norton:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

Rashelle Cuperus:

creativity exercise: shooting indirectly photo

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

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11 Responses to “creativity exercise: shooting indirectly”

  1. Oct 15 2010 at 7:36 am #

    what creative photos! my favorite is the oil and the pan. WOW i would've never thought of that!!

  2. Oct 15 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Amaaaazing!! Beautiful work!! Love to see all the thinking outside the box!!

  3. Rebecca Berra
    Oct 15 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Beautiful work, well done everyone!

    OK, I'm going to get my silverware out for this week's challenge!!

  4. Margy
    Oct 15 2010 at 9:11 am #

    These were all fabulous! Really enjoying all the creativity.

  5. Oct 15 2010 at 9:16 am #

    I'm loving these creativity exercises and seeing so much wonderful talent featured! I'm beyond honored to have my images chosen for the blog today. Thank you, Sarah!!! My fave is the tuba… LOVE the vibrancy. Great work, Chrissie! And congrats to all the ladies, you are all awesome!

  6. Oct 15 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Yay – so blessed to see the ones of my daughter selected (note to self: clean those waterspots off the bath faucet!). All of these were wonderful, the bubble one and the hot air balloons though are amazing!

  7. crystal
    Oct 15 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    These are awesome! Some creative ladies here!

  8. Rashelle
    Oct 15 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Great job ladies!!! This was a fun challenge and I really enjoyed all of the creativity from everyone. I'm thrilled that one of mine was chosen for the blog! This was my first picture post other than RYC101. How exciting. Love the one with the hot air balloon! Great job to all of you!

  9. Oct 16 2010 at 6:33 am #

    These are amazing!

  10. Kristi P
    Oct 16 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    Hey Amanda, congratulations on making the blog!

    What great work ladies!

  11. Oct 26 2010 at 11:26 am #

    All I can say is WOW.

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