I love self-assignments. It gets you out shooting, and helps fine-tune your creative vision and your camera skills. In short, a personal project gives a purpose to your photography.
For example, BetterPhoto instructor Brenda Tharp recently took on a great project. Each summer, Brenda visits her sister's farm in Maine for some fun and R&R. During her recent trip, she had a goal of making at least one picture a day that expressed the essence of farm life.
Below is one of the eye-catching images she made - a photo that captured the interplay of light and shadow.
In her Notes from the Field post, Brenda wrote about this image:
"As I was cleaning the table off on the porch, I turned and saw this scene of my sister’s 18 yr-old cat. Just sitting pretty, in the warm sunlight. What struck me was the shadow of the cat. But the porch windows created great angled shadows, too, which framed the scene nicely. It was all about the light for this picture.
"With a little view to the outside and a pot of flowers, it said ‘country porch’ to me and expressed the feeling of what it’s like to bask in the warm morning sun. Oh, to be a cat or dog on a day like this!
"The image was minimally processed in Lightroom."