The fourth exercise is about photography. I don’t want to spoil the book (I think you should go get it) so I’m not going to explain the exercise in detail, however it’s a great exercise to make you get up and snap some pics. If you aren’t experienced with photography, it’s not a big deal. The idea of most of these exercises is to practice being creative without an agenda.
As a person with a creative career, I have spent so much time trying to get everything just right for the intended goal, that the craft gets lost. It’s fun to just go out and start taking pics without worrying how they come out or whether or not they are any good. I also think it helps you look for good pics in places where you normally wouldn’t. I took a lot of these pics are in my boring old house. The best part is when you take random pics like this and some of them do come out pretty cool.
The best ones are in black and white. I took these with my hipstamatic app, which is my favorite iPhone camera app. The most dramatic effective pics are taken with the Tinto 1884 Lens, D-Type Plate Film, and the Pop Rox Flash. The pics come out with very dramatic bright white areas, dark black areas and subtle grays. The featured image is a floor pic of the warehouse where I positioned the camera on the floor. You can see the grates in the floor and a bright light streaming in through the warehouse window. The dingy yellow effect on the side is from the hipstamatic app.
I’ve thrown in the good, the bad and the ugly. As you can see, some of the images came out good to my surprise, but most of them stink. Enjoy!