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Let’s get started with another creativity exercise! Are you excited?! Cause I know I am! These exercises are meant to push your creativity and help you get out of ruts. I love doing these creativity exercises and I hope you do too!
So this exercise is going to be really fun and will definitely push your creativity! So that challenge is to use ONE lens for an entire week! Sounds a little hard, doesn’t it? Maybe you already use one lens 95% of the time…well, I encourage you to pick a new lens to focus on.
Maybe you have a lens that you haven’t pulled out in AGES because you’re just not sure you love it. Or it’s not exactly what you want. Well, pull that old lens out and put it on your camera and leave it on for a whole week! If after a whole week of using this lens, you’re not madly in love with it…it might be time to get rid of it. 😉
This exercise is perfect to help clean out your lens collection, but to also help push your creativity. When we’re forced to use a focal point that we’re not used to, it makes us look at the world around us differently.
The challenge is to use only one lens for a whole week! Or you could push it further and do a whole month. It’s up to you. For me, I did a whole week. I typically reach for my Sigma 24mm 1.4 ART….but for this challenge, I really wanted to push myself. I decided to do my Nikon 50mm 1.8 and I have a new love for this lens because of it! I learned how beautiful this lenses bokeh is. I also learned that I like to shoot at around a 2.8 aperture with this lens. I can still get a nice blur to my background, but it allows me to get what I want in focus, in focus!
what if I only have one lens?
I understand not owning more than one lens. It took a long time for me to buy my second lens (and once I started buying lenses…I couldn’t stop LOL!). I am a firm believer that you can make any equipment you have now work for you. So you have a few options you could do for this.
You could rent a lens for a week. It’s fairly inexpensive to rent a lens for just a week. I really love renting lenses before I choose to buy them. Especially if they are pricier lenses – that way you won’t waste any money. I love going through Borrow Lenses to try out a lens before you buy one (I am an affiliate of Borrow Lenses, if you go through my link I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you!).
Still use the same lens. If you only have one lens, then still use it! But maybe instead of changing what lens you use, you change what subject you shoot. Do you always shoot people or your kids? Change it up and try to shoot some nature or landscape shots. Or vice versa! Do you usually use a wide open aperture? Change it up and try using a closed down aperture for a week. Try to get different looking images even if you have to use the same lens. Make it a fun challenge.
Buy a new lens! I’ll be your enabler! HAHA! Go buy a new lens! Maybe you’ve been eyeing a new lens and needed a reason to buy it, here’s your reason. It will help you grow as a photographer! 😉
how many photos
I want you to try to get 20 unique photos this week on this lens that you don’t normally use. And when I say unique, I truly mean it! You can include some of the same subject, but try to change the angle. Try to change the light, too.
how to push through
Around the mid week mark, I was so tempted to switch my lens to my go to lens. BUT! I pushed through! I wanted to give some pointers on how to push through your own exercise. Here’s what helped me:
- shoot in different locations – if you always shoot indoors but you’re now using a longer focal length, try shooting outdoors instead
- back up or get closer
- try a different angle – shoot from above, shoot up close, etc.
- shoot a different subject
- use a different composition tool
- use a different aperture
There is a limit to your lens, but everything else is free game! You can be as creative as you want with this challenge. I think the next time I do this, I’ll pull out my macro lens!
I’ll show you mine if you show me yours
I did this exercise last week and I have to say, it was extremely challenging! I found myself not loving the lens I was shooting with at all. I didn’t love all the images I was producing and I was craving to switch back to my Sigma! But I do love the memories I captured and I am very thankful for the exercise. I think it helped me realize I don’t need this lens in my camera bag, and I can probably sell it.
I hope this exercise pushed you to realize you either love the lens you don’t use very often, or helped you realize you could live without it.
Here are my images from the fun exercise!
Alyssa (sometimes going by Aly) is a hobbyist photographer who loves to teach. Her love of photography started before she ever had any kids. Now a mom of two, she loves to photograph her kids, flowers, and landscape. She specializes in capturing her everyday life. She loves to teach fellow beginner photographers how to take control of their cameras and get the images they dream about getting.