- Go outside to a familiar or unfamiliar place with your camera.
- Sit and feel. Is it cold, warm, noisy, calm, energetic, peaceful, serene, magical, expectant, something else? Close your eyes. Without visual cues, how do you feel?
- Identify a story that tells what you feel. Maybe you want to convey the expectancy or the loud noises or the calm or the excitement.
- Identify a focal point/subject – just one! It can be tempting to try and capture the entire scene, but that rarely makes for the most powerful photograph (says someone who has tried taking pictures of the entire scene on far too many occasions).
- Using your focal point, try different point of view, textures, colors, lighting, etc. to tell your story.
- Think about how few words can you use to describe your surroundings. Can you capture those words in a photograph? If not, think deeper about how you can imply those words with visual elements.