Giving Yourself a Photography Assignment By Joe Glyda

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Step out of your normal routine and out of doors with Joe Glyda, a commercial photographer best known for his food photography, as he shares a super fun and simple way to think differently about your photography with a self assignment. The goal of a self assignment is to get you out into the world with your camera and to challenge you to see ordinary things in a new way. The assignment can be as simple or complex as you want to make it, but if you follow through you’ll be surprised at the places it will take you and the insights you’ll gain!

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Join Joe in Gibsonton, Florida as he discusses the role of the self assignment in improving your photography.
Self assignments can get you out of your normal style of shooting, they get you seeing ordinary things in different ways, and can take you places you didn't expect. Shooting the alphabet is a very accessible assignment to get you started.
Another important component of the self assignment is to have fun with your photography. Leave the tripod at home, go someplace new, and have fun with the assignment.
Discovering unique or unusual things about a place can also be a good project for a self assignment.
Joe reflects on the alphabet assignment while sharing the images he captured in Gibsonton.
The mailbox assignment proves to be a unique reflection on the character of a neighborhood.
Seeking out and shooting the mysterious painted oranges in Dunedin was not only a visually interesting assignment, but it lead to an interesting discovery about their origins as well.
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Joe Glyda


Joe Glyda is a recognized commercial photographer specializing in food and product photography. Joe retired from Kraft Foods as the manager and primary photographer of their Creative Services department after 36 years. He continues his photographic career through Joe Glyda Photography, Inc. of which he established in 1988. He currently l...

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  1. Profile photo of jon1 jon1

    I think it would be even more challenging if the alphabet would be to include shapes that form a letter, for example, some frames forming a H, Pier beams that form an X or A , tree branches formed into a G etc, etc…. Just a thought

  2. Profile photo of Walt Walt

    This was terrific, if you only had a sense of humor….!!!

  3. Profile photo of JCam1964 JCam1964

    Joe reminds me a little bit of the actor Gerard Butler ,that being said , this class was really interesting and lotsa fun . —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Steve Vanlandingham Steve Vanlandingham

    Honestly I thought this was going to be one of the lamest (no offense) online training classes BUT it turned out to be very cool and creative. I think these self assignments make you want to get out and just shoot. Glad I watched it and will be coming up with my own self assignments soon. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of Pati Bryant Pati Bryant

    I love Joe’s videos! He is a great teacher and his great personality makes his videos very captivating. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of ohmandd ohmandd

    Great videos! The host is fun, and comical; but most of all, inspirational.

  7. Profile photo of mrstoots mrstoots

    I just loved this segment on Giving Yourself a Photography Assignment. Very entertaining and very informative. Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of Sundra Tanakoh Sundra Tanakoh

    This was a fun idea, and it seemed like Joe had a great time also. I live in a foreign country where we have different views and I think I have some assignment ideas for myself! Thanks Joe!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of easymaths easymaths

    This is the first course to watch and I am glad I joined. This changed the way I look at photography world! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of Karrel Buck Karrel Buck

    I loved the lesson. In fact, after stopping photography for a few months because of lack of inspiration, I saw your lesson advertised & was intrigued. I am going to do some self-assignments starting today. Living in Tampa there is a lot to chose from. When you were in Gibsonton I was annoyed that you called it Gibsontown, but you corrected it later. The nickname is Gib-town :-). Thanks again for the inspiration. KB —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of ShaunWhite ShaunWhite

    This gives me a lot of inspiration and a lot of ideas plus a very good reminder to go out and have fun with my camera.

    Thank You. :) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of swylie swylie

    I’ve seen Joe Glyda’s self assignments at several Photoshop World presentations, and I always anticipate a fun and unique experience. This video course is also a great treat. I’m off to Vegas in a couple of weeks with my wife; while she’s at a professional conference, I’ll be giving myself a few self assignments. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of Viola Viola

    Ignore my previous post . . . I found the results of the Self-Assignments. Just had to scroll down a little bit more. Thanks! Really loved the Dunedin Oranges Assignment! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of Elaine Brackin Elaine Brackin

    Just wanted to say I really enjoyed your passion…..Also has motivated me to do my own self assignment. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Viola Viola

    I look forward to seeing the photo results of the Assignment. Am I missing the link somewhere? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of vivianfrerichs vivianfrerichs

    This was really a fun little course. Please do more like this. What I mean is that I think NOT ALL courses have to be in depth all about ISO, gear, f-stops, shutter speeds, etc. Those are all well and good– and mostly the reason I am a subscriber. But I have to say, little courses like this are kind of a breath of fresh air. It brings the fun back into shooting. Not everything has to be mucho serioso all the time. Thanks for this one that is just plain fun. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of Birdypb Birdypb

    Love, love, love this man’s humor. Great course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of anda anda

    I did the alphabet assignment today. Not easy in a foreign country to find nice and special letters where almost everything is displayed in a different alphabet! It pushed me to search and look carefully around me to find the hidden F or Z. Great lesson! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Alex Alegre Alex Alegre

    delightful,and very pleasing —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of henrikclausen henrikclausen

    It’s great and a very charming lessons.
    More of this, please. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of 1060436 1060436

    What a fun tutorial – I am so glad I watched it. This would encourage any of us to go out and do a self project – he is a happy and excellent photographer with a sense of fun, his tutorial beautifully put together. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of Tracy Busshart Tracy Busshart

    What a great course!

  23. Profile photo of Cindy Cindy

    Much different from the usual Kelby Training videos. But very enjoyable and enlightening. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of Peter Blyth Peter Blyth

    Whimsical! :) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  25. Profile photo of Paul Howard Paul Howard

    Terrific class by Joe, who also shows a fantastic and fun personality. I’d shoot with him anytime!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    I like the concept and Joe Glyda is fun. I must admit I didn’t realise it was a beginner course and was disappointed at first, but it’s given me some ideas. I might give this a go, but aim higher than snapshots. I would be interested to see what you get if you try to be as creative as possible with the mailboxes or similar mundane objects. Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

  27. Profile photo of Theresa Theresa

    I really enjoyed this series.

    Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

  28. Profile photo of Clive Clive

    What a refreshing change!! Really enjoyed watching it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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