My new book Achieving Your Potential As a Photographer ships with a Workbook, which is why the subtitle of the book is A Photographer’s Creative Companion and Workbook. The Workbook is meant to be used along side the book, and the exercises in the book are cross-referenced to the book, so it is easy to get explanations for the reasoning behind the exercises, and how they relate to the world of creative photography.
The Workbook is intended for readers to use as a kind of personal and creative journal. The pages are perforated, so you can easily pull them out and refer to them in a binder. As I note in the introduction to the Workbook, “It is your journal, not my journal, and completing the exercises helps make it personal to you. You will get out of it what you put into it.”
There are 46 exercises in the Workbook. You’ll find exercises that help you clarify your goals and
how to plan in an organized way to achieve them, and also plenty of inspiration!
You will also find photography exercises, and exercises that are intended to enhance your creativity and conceptual abilities in a general way. In essence, the different kinds of exercises are intended to meld “left brain” and “right brain” approaches. As such, you may be more comfortable with one kind of exercise than another. But the key thing is to do them all. The more you get out of your comfort zone, the more of your potential you will achieve.
To give you a sense of what these exercises are like, I’ve shown two pages from the Workbook in this story, Exercise 11 (“Practice! Practice! Practice!) and Exercise 12 (“Aesthetic and Pragmatic Domains”). You can download these two exercises as a PDF, print them out, and give them a try.