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If you have been a follower of this blog for some time, the one thing I hope everyone learns from these blogs, is “HOW TO “SEE” A PHOTO”.

I, along with other photographers, believe that there are photo opportunities missed every day, right around us. If we would just look around us and see what you could take and make it “artistic”.

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Can you make some “interesting” or “artistic” photo of your pet? —– Photo by Zen Chung on

I recently saw this idea called: THE 10 METER CHALLENGE (Around 30 feet). A photographer instructor said to take the challenge, you would look around you and within 10 meters, find something to photograph.

The ability to take an everyday scene and construct from it a superb image will require your application of some or all of the following:

  • vision to see the various elements that might be included in an image
  • concentration and time to develop the idea and assimilate all the components
  • awareness to recognize the potential of a color, shape and form
  • observation to study the scene and time enough to mentally collate the aspects of the image and to try them out in camera
  • willingness to try something new
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Once you have selected your particular environment, and isolated some elements for a composition, then take some time to arrange and rearrange them in your mind. Walk around, kneel, lie down and test different perspectives. Work the opportunity and let the image evolve, don’t rush it. You may get a few strange looks in certain circumstances, but that is the price you pay.

Pick your spot: outside or inside, and look around you from there.

If you choose to stand outside, in your backyard, you could select objects like: Birds, leaves in the light, different perspective of the trees, etc.

If you choose inside, pick house plants, your children, a portrait of your spouse, etc.

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If you want to wait until you have a stormy or cloudy day, then that would be fine. But, in this challenge see if you can find at least 10 to 20 different things to photograph. Once you have completed the assignment, would you like to share your photos with everyone? We have a website just for sharing photos :

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