Hello readers,

A few months back Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography, a YouTube channel and photography community, started a new series of videos called “Photo Assignments“. These Photo Assignments are a monthly opportunity to challenge your creative thinking and approach to the photographs you make. Basically it’s a free photo course to improve yourself as a photographer and push yourself out of your comfort zone a little bit. The end goal of this serie is to understand how to think creatively, something I struggle with sometimes.

Introducing: Photography Assignments

(View on YouTube)

So I decided that I wanted to do these Photo Assignments, as a way to improve my photography. At the moment the fourth Photo Assignment is online, and even though these assignments aren’t cumulative, I will still start by the first assignment and follow along in the correct order. This means that I won’t be on schedule. I will try to work towards getting on schedule again, but this isn’t a high priority for me. Ted Forbes also recommends to print the photos and paste them into a notebook, which I will be doing.

Pre-Photo Assignment

In the introduction video Ted Forbes has a little assignment to start with; create 15 to 20 photographs of the things you like, to establish a small body of work to start with. The goal of this assignment isn’t to take the best photos, but to have something to look back at, to see your own progress after doing multiple Photo Assignments. So I have taken multiple photos of the things I like to photograph. I have picked my favorites and ended up with 17 photos. I’ve printed these and pasted them in a cheap lined notebook. I hope that you can read my handwriting.

Notebook pages 4 & 5 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 "Things I Like". This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 4 & 5 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 “Things I Like”. This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 6 & 7 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 "Things I Like". This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 6 & 7 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 “Things I Like”. This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 8 & 9 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 "Things I Like". This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 8 & 9 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 “Things I Like”. This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 10 & 11 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 "Things I Like". This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 10 & 11 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 “Things I Like”. This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 12 & 13 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 "Things I Like". This was an optional assignment.
Notebook pages 12 & 13 with the printed photos from The Art of Photography, Photo Assignment 00 “Things I Like”. This was an optional assignment.

What’s next

The first Photo Assignment is Variations. I will start with this assignment soon and I’m planning on finishing it in about two weeks. I will be posting about my progress on Instagram and Twitter. When I’m finished I will write a blog post about my experience and what I think about it.

Sincerely,

Timmy