Finally, Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography Youtube channel has brought back photo assignments after what has seemed like a long hiatus and the first one is a doozy. These photo assignments presented to us are a real challenge as they inadvertently challenge you which improves your photography by forcing you to think before hitting the shutter, which results in you having to experiment and make mistakes. Something us Humans do very well is learn by our mistakes.
The assignment presented by Ted is the Holga style and the rules are simple
- No auto focus, disable it on your DSLR
- No use of your viewfinder/screen
- ISO 100 or ISO 400
- Shutter Speed 1/60th
- Aperture F8
It wasn’t until the images from the day had been downloaded that I realised that I had completely forgot about rule 1, and the only reason is that morning I got off a 22 hour flight from Australia and my mind was pretty foggy as to what time it was and where I was. I still haven’t recovered from the jet lag!
The above image is from camera and all that has been done is to convert from RAW to JPEG. I will have to go back and shoot another image that meets the rules before its uploaded to Instagram.
The lesson here is not to be afraid of making mistakes or failing at it because we learn by those mistakes and you never know, you may just jag that shot. If you haven’t seen Ted’s channel, I highly recommend that you jump on over and check it out.