Week #30: Unusual

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, July 19 and Sunday, July 26 (noon, Eastern)

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
~ Jim Rohn

Some weeks, we give you specific technical assignments to help you learn a new skill. Other weeks, our goal is to help you develop your own personal voice as a photographer. This is one of those weeks.

“Unusual.” The challenge is yours to interpret as you see fit. It can be an unusual way of taking a photo (see the Extra Credit), or an unusual subject. The main goal of the exercise is to push you to see the world through your own unique eyes, and share your perspective with us.

Some Framers find these “loose” challenges liberating while others feel a little unanchored. Either way, take some time to decide what you’d like to shoot. Look back at old challenges that you weren’t quite satisfied with, or ideas that you haven’t yet explored. This is a great opportunity to take a risk, try something new, experiment with a new idea. As we like to say (thanks DLB!) – don’t just think outside the box, lose the box entirely!

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Still stuck for ideas? Try shooting abstract, or macro, or sci-fi, or take something perfectly ordinary and put an unusual spin on it. Disregard the rules of physics. Or social norms, for that matter.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out some of our albums to get your creative juices flowing. May we recommend: Abstract (2015), Levitation (2015), or Different/Unusual (2013).
Of course, you can always find some great inspiration on the Googles.

Extra Credit: 1″+ Shutter Speed

For extra credit, we’ll help you with some “unusual” direction. Use a super-slow shutter speed – 1 second or slower – and we guarantee you’ll get some unusual results. Be sure to be intentional (one of our favorite words here at 52Frames!), otherwise you’ll just have a great big blur. Think of colors, forms, what will be recognizable and what won’t be.
Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

Deadline: Jul 26, 2015 – 12:00 Noon (Eastern US)

Upcoming Challenges

Week 31: Magic Hour

Extra Credit: Sunrise

To be shot and submitted between:
Sun, July 26 & August 2 (12pm Eastern U.S.)

Week 32: Edited By Someone Else

Extra Credit: Portrait

To be shot and submitted between:
Sun, August 2 & August 9 (12pm, Eastern U.S.)

Week 33: Night Photography

Extra Credit: Astrophotography

To be shot and submitted between:
Sun, Aug 9 & Aug 16 (12pm, Eastern U.S.)

Past Challenges

Have a challenge idea for 2016?