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The shot on the left was my first shot and the shot on the right is shot 101. All shots were taken with out moving the dice, yet all are different.

I nominate you to take “ The 101 Photo Challenge”

We all know that one of the best ways to get good at photography is to consistently shoot photos, but have you ever thought about shooting the exact same subject in the exact same spot 101 times while trying to make each shot look different. That is the challenge I gave myself and this blog contains the surprising results.

Making a simple subject look different in 101 different photos is a great way  to stretch your creativity , increase your awareness, and challenge your photography skills. The following photos are samples from my experiment with a few notes of what I did to change things up.  Although I took 101 photos, I  only show a few examples in order to keep this post to a reasonable size.

My first 10 shots were hand held and taken with different lenses. My goal was to find a single lens that would be the best for shooting my subject. I planned to use that lens for the remainder of the exercise.  Here are 4  of the 10 shots. All shots were taken in auto mode using just the available overhead lighting in the room.

Shot # 2 – Kit lens 28 -135mm at about 50mm. Shot with available light.
Shot #4 – Shot with 16-35 USM 2.8 lens at 16mm HH Could not avoid bad reflections.
Shot 6 – Shot with 100mm Macro L IS USM
Shot 6 – Shot with 100mm Macro L IS USM
Shot#10 – Shot with 50mm 1.4 fixed lens.
Shot#10 – Shot with 50mm 1.4 fixed lens.


After reviewing my 10  shots I decided that the Macro lens is going to give me the best options for this small subject. I did like the 50mm as well but wanted to be able to get close to the subject and fill the screen with more detail.

Shots 11 – 27  I experimented to discover an interesting angle and distance from the subject that I would then use for the remainder of the photos.  The following photos  are a few samples to illustrate the options I discovered.




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Shot #28 - I used the on camera flash with ISO 100 at f20 ,1/20 MF AWB this created a nice reflection with sharp edges on the dice and the granite top went black.
Shot #28 – I used the on camera flash with ISO 100 at f20 ,1/20 MF AWB this created a nice reflection with sharp edges on the dice and the granite top went black. this was the first shot not taken in Auto mode.

Shots #29 to #85 were all shot in Manual Mode from the same angle on a tripod.

All changes to the look of the subject were made by changing camera settings and lighting. Here are some of the photos with the more drastic changes in appearance.

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For my last 16 shots I used the light painting technique to try and get a different look. Here are a few of the photos from this sequence. I left the aperture open for 30 seconds and used a combination of lights.

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So there you have it. The results of my own 101 photo challenge. I found taking the time to do this was a great way to expand my awareness and creativity and increase my knowledge and skill levels. The more I utilize the camera settings, and tried different lighting options the more ideas I got for different looks.  There seems to be almost an infinite number possibilities when you begin to consider combinations of lenses , angles, color, lighting etc..   If you love photography I hope you try this challenge and get as much out of it as I did. Remember to enter your best shots in the VotoArt photography contests.