The Alphabet Game
Adapted from an assignment by Susan Meiselas
Locate and photograph objects, lines, and forms that most resemble each letter of your initials (or the whole alphabet if you’re so inspired). Letters can be discovered in natural and man-made forms, found in shadows, or made by cropping with the frame of the camera.
Share your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #photographersplaybook_alphabet
Street Exercise: Color
Adapted from an assignment by Gus Powell
Attempt to capture the color blue in every picture you make. Start with a big brush (a blue wall) and work your way to a very tiny one (blue nail polish). This can be done in the street or when you are editing.
Share your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #photographersplaybook_street
How it all works
The Photographer’s Playdate is an all-day event of interactive activities inspired by the assignments in The Photographer’s Playbook. Open to the public and suitable for all ages, the Playdate is the perfect opportunity for students, teachers, photography enthusiasts, and Instagrammers to test out their photographic skills. Click one of the boxes to see results, or get involved and upload your own photos in response to the assignments.
Adapted from an assignment by Lynn Saville
Trace your own shadow’s “adventures” throughout the day—its interactions with other shadows, and/or your perceptions of shadows around you.
Share your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #photographersplaybook_shadow
Something from Nothing
Adapted from an assignment by Alessandra Sanguinetti
Make 36 different pictures of a bench or a stool. This may seem like the most boring assignment in the history of assignments, but try to be excited—making something out of nothing is magical. How creative can you get?
Share your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #photographersplaybook_bench
Adapted from an assignment by Massimo Vitali
Select one or more of the classic photography “mistakes” from the list or think of others. Create pictures you like that intentionally make these mistakes.
• Photograph into the sun
• Chop off heads and limbs
• Take pictures that are out of focus or show blurry movement
• Photograph people from below
• Allow background objects to pierce the subject, such as a pole coming out of the top of the subject’s head
Share your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #photographersplaybook_mistakes
Frame Within a Frame
Adapted from an assignment by Bob Thall
Find a complex environment and make photographs that incorporate reflections, other images (like posters, signs, and video displays), and design elements such as poles, doorways, and windows. Take photographs that have pictures within the picture and which, at first glance, look like several pictures at the same time. Pay attention to the frame of the photograph, precise choice of camera position, and the interesting ways that the camera can translate three dimensions into two.
Share your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #photographersplaybook_frame
Host your own
Host an all-day Photographer’s Playdate event at your space, inspired by the assignments in The Photographer’s Playbook. Aperture has packaged the event—including production plans, downloadable graphics, and handouts for the entire day—so it is easily adaptable to different environments and spaces.
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