The assignments are always nifty – show perspective, get an up-close shot, etc.
A bit of background: my dad was a portrait photographer and taught my sisters and me how to use a camera well – I genuinely do enjoy photography, and I’m pretty decent, too. Won an award or two at the State Fair.
Whenever I run across a gaggle of said students, I always ask them what their assignment is.
Today’s was to find something that showed symmetry.
The student I asked commented that it was really hard to find symmetry.
I proceeded to point out all the symmetry I could see around me, giving him and his partner a few ideas for photos, which helped them come up with a couple of their own.
They could have done it on their own without that little jog from me, but sometimes an outside perspective helps a tad.
It’s true with photography, writing, art, even research … if you’re ever stuck on an idea or topic, just ask someone else. Even if they’re not an expert, even if they’re not your teacher, you might get an idea or two that will jumpstart your thinking.
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