A classic artist’s exercise

  • egg photography by Shavan Flake

A classic artist’s exercise

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!

a classic artist's exercise with an egg photography challenge

Caroline Jensen

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!

egg photography by Allison Jacobs

Allison Jacobs

egg photography by Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

egg photography by Michelle Hrin

Michelle Hrin

egg photography by Katrina Stewart

Katrina Stewart

egg photography by kathleencollins

kathleencollins

egg photography by Kristin Dokoza

Kristin Dokoza

egg photography by Shavan Flake

Shavan Flake

What’s the best way to improve your photography? Shoot thoughtfully and frequently! Try new things and embrace creative and technical challenges. Every month, Sarah Wilkerson posts a new tutorial and challenges our members to join in a new Creativity Exercise on the Clickin Moms photography forum. At the conclusion of the exercise, we select Editors’ Choice images from among the exercise submissions and share them here with you on the blog. Congratulations to the ladies whose photographs included in the exercise above were selected as this month’s Editors’ Choices, and thank you to everyone who participated in the exercise!

And be sure to participate in the next exercise! Visit the forum where Sarah has posted the next challenge. We’d love to see your work!

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About the Author:

Sarah Wilkerson is the CEO of Click & Company and also provides mentoring services, teaches advanced Click Photo School courses on composition & creativity, and authors the “Why It Works” series in CLICK magazine. She specializes in low light photography, everyday documentary, and tilt-shift work. A former attorney and Duke graduate, Sarah resides in northern Virginia with her Army JAG husband, four children, and three dogs. Visit Sarah Wilkerson online.
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17 Comments

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

    This november’s exercise was amazing ! Congratulations Ladies !

  2. Ashley Spaulding Dec 07 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

    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. Lisa Benemelis Dec 07 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I love all the different egg images. 🙂 Gorgeous ladies!!

  4. Kim P Dec 07 2012 at 10:46 am - Reply

    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. Carolyn Dec 07 2012 at 11:32 am - Reply

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

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

    awww this made my day!

  7. jennifer Dec 07 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    These are all beautiful! Congrats ladies! 🙂

  8. Jenny Dec 07 2012 at 2:31 pm - Reply

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

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

    Very awesome!

  10. Tricia Dec 07 2012 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    these are stunning!!! congrats to all!

  11. Elle Dec 07 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

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

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

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

  13. Holly Thompson Dec 09 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    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 - Reply

    Gorgeous images, ladies! Very interesting and inspiring!

  15. jodi Dec 11 2012 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    these are such stunning entries! i am inspired!

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