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.

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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

Henry Throop says:

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…

angkasuwan says:

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

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

Vertin says:

Last friday night, dance performers and fire.

~michael says:

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.

tc says:

(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..


tc says:

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


Rey Bugia says:

Shot sports 2 weeks ago

Crawford says:

Shot my first wedding this weekend!

Alex says:

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.

Antti H says:

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

Eric says:

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

Alex Gardner says:

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!

Ellis says:

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.

george says:

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.

Mandy says:

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

Rob White says:

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.

kellyhofer says:

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

bruceh says:

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

fas says:

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

jaclyn says:

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

Anonymous says:

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

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?

Andi Suryadi says:

just now, after i read this….

Harry says:

Amur leopards, march

davidwilder says:

last week, tried my hand and food photography

bythewei says:

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

geez that sounded long enough…

Matt Haines says:

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

Anonymous says:

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.

Alvin says:

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

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

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

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…


americanjon says:

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.

James says:

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!

Danie Nel says:

Shot Jeep Wrangler yesterday…

IgorPetrovic says:

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.

mike kobal says:

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

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

Jonas Silius says:

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!

admin says:

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. =)

LisaNewton says:

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…………..:)

monstermang says:

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

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.

Kirk Lau says:

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

Freddy says:

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.

David Price says:

Couple of weeks ago I photographed my first scenario photos.


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


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

that was 2 firsts, but it felt good.

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

Paul Joseph says:

Race horses and Jockeys at the track last weekend.

Jamie says:

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.

Remi Boucher says:

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

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

R@yPG says:

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

Dan says:

Shot Zombies with a fairly large group..

great fun and lots of lessons learned..

Kristina says:

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!

Dave Wilson says:

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



Evan Ehat says:

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.

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


cloveras says:

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

MilesBintz says:

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


Thomas says:

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 :/

Matt Lange says:

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

France says:

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.

Ghislain says:

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

jeff says:

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


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

Magnus Egger says:

Thanks for the reminder!

Greg says:

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.


Shelby White says:

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?

Mark Legge says:

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…


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.

Peter Olson says:

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

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

Jonny says:

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

the Dacus says:

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

Shelby White says:

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

Tracy Greer says:

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

brent... says:

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

Matt Lange says:

6 months +……..too long.

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