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How To Shoot A Theme

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Photography competitions and challenges usually have an abstract theme, rather than a set of instructions such as photograph of a sunset / tree / landscape etc. They’re concepts to test a photographer’s ability to be creative in their ideas as well as their camera control. 

To translate a theme into an engaging image you have to think differently and get outside the box, but where do you begin to do that?

I’ve recently set the challenge “Corner” to our Photography Locked Down creative creative group and made the video above as a guide to ways of interpreting ‘corners’. The obvious thing to do would be walk the street looking for corners to photograph, but is that creative thinking or following what could be perceived as ‘the rules’?

A judge is looking for more than a nice composition and great use of light, they look for something different from the normal.


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