On Assignment: Creative Scripture Designs

by | Apr 7, 2023 | Assignments | 1 comment

Can you imagine, a photo assignment where you can take pictures of just about anything you want! But there is a catch. Special text needs to be added to the photos. But you can see the assignment details for more info on that. So, let’s use this as our opportunity to focus on quality! What do you enjoy taking pictures of? Take your time. Get some really, high quality shots. What different genre of photography have you always wanted to make time for? Use this assignment to learn it. And submit some quality shots! For my photoshoot, you can see that I chose one specific angle, and then experimented with many different variations on it…

What I had in mind for this assignment was a regular landscape photo. I love landscape photography! And this was a good excuse to get out early in the morning for a beautiful sunrise at a location I knew would be great. With the town nestled in the valley, I knew photos of it could be used to illustrate a lot of different concepts.

But when I got to the top of the hill, there turned out to be not much of a sunrise.


230328_James Staddon_8949 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16 mm, 25.0 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 100

 I knew I needed something else. As I sat there, not sure what to do with a cloudy sky, I thought about the verse I wanted to illustrate. Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”

Surely it wouldn’t be too hard to photograph myself standing in the foreground. So I got to working on that.

230328_James Staddon_8953 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 18 mm, 1.0 sec at f - 3.5, ISO 100

 This was like one of my first shots. I liked it! But it felt too wide angle.

230328_James Staddon_8958 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 0.6 sec at f - 3.5, ISO 100

 There we go. That helped. But look at those ugly pants! I wasn’t intending to to self-portraits that morning, so I had thrown on an old pair of jeans. No one would be around to see me taking pictures so early in morning, would there be? Smile

230328_James Staddon_8961 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 0.6 sec at f - 3.5, ISO 100

There we go. That’s better. Smile My boots are kinda dirty, but I think that actually helps. Now it doesn’t look like an advertisement for the boot brand.

By the time I had finished taking some close up shots, sunrise had passed and I knew there wouldn’t be any epic color in the sky that morning. So I kept right on with different positions.

230328_James Staddon_8965 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 22 mm, 0.4 sec at f - 3.5, ISO 100

230328_James Staddon_8992 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 1-30 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

230328_James Staddon_8986 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 3.5, ISO 100

230328_James Staddon_9002 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

230328_James Staddon_9011 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

 And as you can tell, in post-processing, I experimented with different ways to process the photos too. Which is your favorite pose? Which is your favorite edit?

Right before it was time to leave, it was neat to see the clouds break up a bit!

230328_James Staddon_9021 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 21 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 50

During this final series of photos, somehow the camera got set to 2sec timer instead of 10sec and I took this photo completely on accident!

230328_James Staddon_9025 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 21 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 50

 I like how it implies movement. And it’s a completely natural pose since I wasn’t expecting it to be taken. Don’t tell anyone that I had nothing to do with such a great pose. Smile

And here’s my favorite shot with the verse overlaid on it.

230328_James Staddon_9011 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100-2

Now It’s Your Turn!

What a great assignment this is going to be! All the details you need to know about it are here, Creative Scripture Designs. And like I said, focus on quality! Christian wants as many verse pics as he can get, and there will be up to 6 winners, but what will make your photo the kind that he will want to choose? As John Rockefeller said, “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”

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1 Comment

  1. Rachel jones

    I liked the fourth photo of your shoes and the one that you added the verse to 🙂


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