Photography Assignment #1 :: Variations

The first in our series on photo assignments deals with the concept of variation in photography.

Objective: it expand your capacity for creative thinking.

Edward De Bono suggested that often we develop habits based on our minds ability to store equations to solve problems. If we want to do X – our brain selects a way we know how to do it.

So how do we change this and force new “equations”? This is what we will discover in this assignment.

Edward De Bono :: Lateral Thinking


  1. says

    I think this is a fabulous idea, especially for the shows subscribers; whatever their respective levels. This is a natural process of building up a story. Whilst I was studying for my Documentary & Photojournalism Degree, the method I used to implement my thought process, using a five picture story; this was an establishing shot, environmental portrait, a relationship shot, detail shot and finally closing shot.

    You repeat the process until you feel you have enough photographs, to collate and edit down, to create a story which encompasses evocative, provocative and engaging images. Images that will have some sort of hook to garner attention, and if you feel comfortable drawing or doodling matchstick figures as an example to show differing angles or examples of light, or reflective mood, you wish to capture in your images, this helps too. It is a wonderful process absorbing the geography of your environment or the space in which you occupy, and really look and take in those significant details of life that, to the untrained eye pass them by.

  2. Lucy Wheeler says

    GREAT Assignment and being a lover of Street Photography, away I went today.

    I am stoked! The Adrenalin is flowing and Mr. DeBono and I are getting acquainted.

    Couldn’t wait to get started and now comes the variations.
    Thank you Ted.


  3. says

    Wonderful assignment that delivers quite surprising results: Pictures that looked pretty good online fail to get the same reaction from me when seen as a printout. And some variations that I thought less of … well they suddenly shine. For me, the print just requires an interesting subject/object that dominates the space, is placed so cleverly and lit appropriately that the overall scene never fails to get the deserved attention. Too small and maybe it fails to attract, unless printed in a bigger size. But if a print works in small, then if for sure amazes in XL.

    Great comment from David about the 5 picture story. I definitely have to get more into that.