Creativity Exercise: Words

This week’s exercise is going to have you looking for written words.

Often, as photographers, we’re encouraged to use people to tell a story in a photograph, and although that’s still important, this week I encourage you to use text within your photos to help enhance the narrative that you already have.

Of course, the easiest way to do this is to just take a photo of a book or a sign, but let’s attempt to dig deeper than that.

How can you use text as a secondary character in your image?

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How can it add a layer?

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How can it help make your point clear?

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Words can come from many different sources:

  • posted signs

  • product boxes

  • road + street signs

  • magazines + books

  • words on clothing

  • cards/announcements

  • homework/journals

  • car displays

  • computer

  • phone/tablet screens

  • tv/closed captioning

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This exercise can take on a million different forms, and I encourage you to try this multiple ways over the course of the next week and see if you like it or not.

Remember to keep in mind where your focus is and how the words are adding or detracting from your story.

As always, we’d love to see what you come up with! Tag us using @unscriptedmentoring or #unscriptedmentoring on Instagram.

Happy word hunting!