When Was the Last Time?

Just sitting here asking myself this question, which makes me want to ask you the same one.

When was the last time you shot something for the first time?

Get out there and shoot something new. Break your mold. Report back.

90 Responses to When Was the Last Time?

  1. Matt Lange June 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    6 months +……..too long.

  2. brent... June 1, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    last week – st. barths… thx as always for the inspiration chase

  3. Tracy Greer June 1, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    I am going to be shooting an MMA event this weekend, looking forward to it! Will be a first for me!

  4. Shelby White June 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Long time…Love that photo at the top of the post.

  5. the Dacus June 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Got to play with flash photography for the first time this weekend at a local strobist meetup, mind boggling in a good way.

  6. Jonny June 1, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Since I just quit my job, my next shoot will be as a full time freelance photographer. Does that count?

  7. Chase 'n Kell June 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Just shot minor-league baseball for the first time. I shoot some sports, but never baseball. Plan to do other “firsts” all this week!

  8. Peter Olson June 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    Last Saturday Rip Curl St3w tofino BC … one of the best shooting days of my life even though i didn’t get the best pictures

  9. george Bentley June 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    every time know need to shoot somtehing more than once. but i think i will have to because i am going college to do a photography course and i think it has alot of model shoots.

  10. Mark Legge June 1, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Weekend before last actually… frustrated at trying to get unwilling people to come pose for me at the times I wanted (hey!! It’s summer and that sun rises early and sets late!) I got myself up one Saturday morning and mosied along to a local skateboard park and quarry to take some photos of more willing inanimate objects.. you can see a bit here…


  11. Shelby White June 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    Second comment…I’m inspired by this post so much–less is more ;)–that I’m going out to shoot thursday and will post on my blog Friday morning. Anyone else going to do the same?

  12. Greg June 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    I was thinking the same thing.

    So, yesterday with rain outside and the water drop post over at Strobist running through my head, I took out the gear and set up in the basement.

    It felt good to play around and experiment.

    I need to do this more.


  13. Gabriel Bonino June 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    The last saturday I shot skaters for the first time.


  14. Magnus Egger June 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder!

  15. Zak.Shelhamer June 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    thats a priceless photo! I love it!! and its been a while. I live in a small mountain town.

  16. jeff June 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    A couple of weeks ago, I got to shoot the Volvo Ocean Race with PUMA for their stop over in Boston this image is hand holding a Canon 500mm f/4 on a moving speed boat, one of the most challenging shoots I have done so far


  17. Ghislain June 1, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Exactly 7 days ago… tks to my son who started his first soccer season

  18. France June 1, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    For me lately it’s shooting WITH something new, from a new iPHone app, to my new Lensbaby Composer or my newly converted infrared camera.
    I find using new or different tools stimulates my creativity, and allows me to see things, even things I commonly shoot, with a whole new perspective.

  19. Matt Lange June 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    I am stepping out of my box on my facebook account at 8 tonight. I’m excited about that.

  20. Thomas June 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    Last Saturday actually. Went out for a shoot with some friends and decided I’d shoot some portrait with a wideangle instead of the usual telezoom.

    Turned out to be the most fun I ever had during a shoot, go figure :/

  21. MilesBintz June 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    This past Saturday. Some action-sports shooting at a local MTB/BMX pump track:


  22. cloveras June 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    Shot a longboard contest on Saturday: “Kongen på haugen” (“King of the hill”) in Oslo, Norway. Fun event, and I’m quite happy with a few shots, like this one: http://automagisk.no/kph09/content/20090530_1431_4019_large.html

  23. Josh Zytkiewicz June 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    About a month ago I did some nudes on the steps of the Wisconsin Capitol building.


  24. Evan Ehat June 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Yesterday afternoon. Went on a trip to Moab and Arches National Park over the weekend. I had a blast taken photographs of stuff I’ve not seen before.

  25. Dave Wilson June 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Something new – spent Saturday shooting BMX riders and playing with off-camera flash. I see my shooting buddy Miles Bintz has already commented.



  26. Kristina June 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    For the last 15 days I have been shooting for pure pleasure on a trip through Holland and France. Broke rules, walked where I shouldn’t have, tried new angles and used new gear, pushed my brain and eyes in new directions to derail my track. Loved it!

  27. Dan June 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Shot Zombies with a fairly large group..

    great fun and lots of lessons learned..

  28. R@yPG June 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Every day that I shoot with a camera is something new, but newer than that I cant remember.. hard to tell :D

  29. timlloydphoto June 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    Turkish Grand Prix this weekend. For sure looking forward to shooting that.

  30. Remi Boucher June 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    just shoot water drops today, following the Strobist post of the weekend. first time

  31. Jamie June 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Every day, Chase….. Every day.

    It’s one of the (only) good things about being a n00b photographer. Everything is being shot for the first time.

  32. Paul Joseph June 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Race horses and Jockeys at the track last weekend.

  33. Matt Erickson June 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    I actually shot people over the weekend!!! First time for everything!! U Rock Chase!!

  34. www.robhammerphotography.com June 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    shot a major league soccer game with a 400mm lens.

    that was 2 firsts, but it felt good.

  35. David Price June 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    Couple of weeks ago I photographed my first scenario photos.


    This week… Mimes =) lookin' forward to it!


  36. Freddy June 1, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    Memorial day weekend, I did my first Yoga shoot, and first time shooting without light modifiers and in pretty bright sun,due to high winds and time of day.

  37. Kirk Lau June 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    last night! ever since Hobby bring up the water drop shots!

  38. Phat Baby Photographer June 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    Last week – HDR image of a construction field which is a technique I rarely use, on a subject that has little to do with my core baby photography business. …but i did it as a commentary on the declining conditions of our schools. If you’re interested on the photo or have thoughts no how to help, check it out at my photography blog.

  39. monstermang June 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    i could barely take a photo that interesting WITH a d3x,
    let alone OF a D3x.

  40. LisaNewton June 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    For the first time, I contacted the media specialist at a local museum, and was granted total access to the outside and at a major inside exhibit.

    That was a first for me…………..:)

  41. admin June 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    Thanks Chase.I’m inspired by yuor post. I saw HDR photos at this site – http://www.photographyliveview.com/2009/05/30/diy-hdr-photos/
    So, I will try to shot HDR photos for my first time. =)

  42. Jonas Silius June 2, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    Well, actualy it was yesterday, got a hold of Lubitel 166B, bought a 120 format film for it and made a couple of shots for the first time with a full manual film camera. Thanks for the inspiration Chase!

  43. Richard June 2, 2009 at 12:59 am #

    Grasstrack sidecars for the 2nd time, doh http://www.richardbudd.co.uk/latest-work.html

  44. Kurtis Bowersock June 2, 2009 at 2:42 am #

    Wow (on all the comments)! I kind of took the post as a rhetorical question. Chase – Thanks for the inspiring idea!

  45. mike kobal June 2, 2009 at 2:44 am #

    4days ago. “Silentium est aureum”
    60sec of Silliness with my D90

  46. IgorPetrovic June 2, 2009 at 3:33 am #

    Two days I was shooting very, very good photographer while he was shooting a rock band in his studio. That was something I’ve never done before.

  47. Danie Nel June 2, 2009 at 3:56 am #

    Shot Jeep Wrangler yesterday…

  48. James June 2, 2009 at 4:06 am #

    Weekend just gone… Self portraits using borrowed studio light & family shots of a mate, experimenting with strobist stylee-stuff. Hard work, out of box, love it!

  49. americanjon June 2, 2009 at 4:48 am #

    I’ll be trying out some tabletop studio work today, but it should be a bit of a laugh as I’ve not got a clue how to set it up yet.

  50. Andrew McAllister June 2, 2009 at 7:14 am #

    Couple of weekends ago I broke the urban landscape and portraits mold that I had been in for years and took a hike in the local National Park with my camera. Specifically to get out of my comfort zone. To challenge myself. Thanks Chase for the push…


  51. Jason Manchester Photography June 2, 2009 at 7:15 am #

    My daughter’s 1st birthday party this past weekend.

  52. Alvin June 2, 2009 at 7:18 am #

    Too long ago. even thou it only has been 2 weeks!

    but Chase, I really wanna say. Thank you. You inspire me! =)

  53. Anonymous June 2, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    I’m impressed that so many readers are doing something new all the time.

    Me? I tried my first HDR yesterday and whaddya know? It actually worked out OK. Looking forward to doing more.

  54. Matt Haines June 2, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    If you shoot people, every new person is a “first time”.

  55. bythewei June 2, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    five months ago.. shot landscapes (proper ones) for the first time in my photog career…

    geez that sounded long enough…

  56. davidwilder June 2, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    last week, tried my hand and food photography

  57. Harry June 2, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    Amur leopards, march

  58. Andi Suryadi June 2, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    just now, after i read this….

  59. Valeriy Veduta June 2, 2009 at 10:53 am #

    Last Saturday – shoot a group of people in a studio (21 persons)
    Yesterday – first time try light brush technique
    Tomorrow – plan to start my first HD movie
    A lot of other stuff
    May be its because I am a beginner?

  60. Anonymous June 2, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    if necessity is the mother of invention, then having my ex take all the cameras and being left with nothing but an iphone has inspired me to shoot in a brand new ‘low res’ way

  61. jaclyn June 2, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    two days ago, while on a 20 mi bike ride, snapped pics the whole way

  62. fas June 2, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Today, shot myself on a amusement park ride and came out silly though.

  63. bruceh June 2, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    I shot for a whole day with the 14-24mm, a lens I’m not usually comfortable using. Fun!

  64. kellyhofer June 2, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    i never tried drops before, after the recent strobist fad…i tried some myself. twas something new for me.

  65. Rob White June 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Last Friday! Living in NYC for over 10+ years, had always wanted to shoot in Hunts Point (famous for HBO documentary years ago called “Hookers From the Point”). Didn’t see any hookers- damn!- but lots of junkyards and auto graveyards.

  66. Tracy June 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm #


  67. Mandy June 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    I’ve just started shooting still life and food,on a steep learning curve with the lighting!

  68. george June 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    12/06/08 – Shot my first photos that were taken specifically for entry into a juried show – one of four shots entered actually made it in to the show.

  69. Ellis June 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    Memorial Day Weekend 2009. Shot with Hasselblad H3D, Profoto, and Hensel gear for the first time, and shot a fashion-ey editorial for the first time. Also, first time in working with a bigger crew (digitech, hair, mua, and army of assistants). Was scared out of my mind the days coming up to it. But it all turned out okay.

  70. Alex Gardner June 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    Yeap. Last week, I shot my first wedding and on the weekend after next I'll be shooting fashion and a street motorcycle stunting team.

    I'll pass on the details when I'm done. Eye opening indeed!

  71. Eric June 3, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    For all the climbing and shooting i've done, i've never really taken the opportunity to step back and actually shoot it eriously…until a few weeks ago that is. Felt good to compose some different photo's for a change. peace

  72. Antti H June 3, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    Shot some cars a week ago, and that was hard. Black car ain't the best thing to shoot with two little flashes…

  73. Alex June 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm #

    I'm lucky. Photography is no longer a profession for me. I only do it for fun and creative stimulation. Since I don't have a client telling me what to do, everything I shoot is for my own whimsy. I strive to shoot something new, or at least in a new way, every time I pick up the camera, which is often.

  74. Crawford June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    Shot my first wedding this weekend!

  75. Rey Bugia June 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Shot sports 2 weeks ago

  76. tc June 4, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

    I asked people on the street if I could take their portrait yesterday. Scary at first, but once I got going I was hooked..


  77. tc June 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    (now with link that works – sorry)

    I asked people on the street if I could take their portrait yesterday. Scary at first, but once I got going I was hooked..


  78. ~michael June 7, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    Last week!! – i was able to do a session for my friend of his 3 month old son. First time working with a baby and it was pretty cool.

  79. Vertin June 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm #

    Last friday night, dance performers and fire.

  80. Budski Photography June 8, 2009 at 11:40 pm #

    I actually tried shooting velo cycle racers. It was a lot of fun and free PBR at the end.

  81. angkasuwan June 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    i'll have to think about this the next time i photograph.

  82. Henry Throop June 14, 2009 at 1:50 am #

    Chase –

    I saw your talk at the ADCD last night. It was rockin'. So here's what I did:

    I've always wanted to shoot skaters and never have. So this morning I went to the Denver Skatepark, outside LoDo about a mile from where your talk was. At first I sat on the sidelines and watched everything with a telephoto. That's not what I wanted to do, but it's easy. It took me an hour, but I put on the 10 mm lens, asked them if I could shoot (it was remarkably easy: "Dude, you mind if shoot you?") and jumped in the middle of the bowl. I lay down on the ground and the first skater slammed his board into my lens and broke off the front ring. No worries. I jumped into the bowl and kept shooting. One guy at first, then his buddy, then everyone wanted to ride for me. "They're following you around, man!"

    350 shots and two hours later I had a handful of great pics and some great energy. Thanks for the inspiration.

    And check out the shots: http://www.eaubergine.com/images/Denver_Skatepark_Jun09/show.html


    p.s. Just an amateur, but lovin' it…

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    Yesterday, I went out, came across some climbers and shot climbing for the first time.

    I was lucky enough to come across a couple really great athletes and this is what I came up with.

    All of the photos from the day can be found on my blog at http://www.Swanny338.com

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