40 Shot Assignment

Have you ever stuck on a prime lens and forced yourself to strictly use it with out reaching for the wide-angle or your telephoto? Have you ever taken 40 different shots of the same subject using the same lens? Ready for a challenge?

I was recently watching D-Town TV and they gave out an assignment for their final episode of the season. The assignment is to shoot 40 different pictures of a single subject. That is not for an event or of a place… just a single subject.  Also zooming is not allowed, you must lock-down the zoom or use a prime lens.

So lets take a Korean spin on this and try and shoot 40 different shots of a Korean subject. Think about things that define the Korean Culture, choose one and photograph it. The ideas coming of the top of my head are:

  • Kimchi (of course)
  • Statues
  • Pottery
  • Traditional Table Settings
  • Traditional Craft work
  • etc

There are a ton of things that you can do with this assignment. What i am going to try and do is create a slideshow of the 40 images and post it here after I am finished.  The one this to be said is that you can zoom but you have to do it manually. I will be using my 50mm f1.4 for this. SO to zoom I have to physically move and that is of the challenge.

Have a great weekend and happy shooting!



  1. Sean Reply

    I think I’m going to take up this challenge as soon as I can think of a subject. Will be in Jeju this weekend so may do it there, but will be with wife and kids and thus may not have as much time as I need to do 40 shots of the same subject. Anyhow I really like this idea.

    • Jason Teale Reply

      I am going to give it a shot tonight too. I have a traditional Korean sword that might make for an interesting subject

  2. Dylan Goldby Reply

    Jason, this is a great idea. I’m thinking I might hit this one soon. Within the next week or so.

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