Self-assignments are a great way to get your creative juices flowing. A self-assignment can be something as simple as only using one lens. I met some friends at the Southeastern Railway Museum recently, and I decided to leave my camera bag at home and only use my Olympus E-PL5 and the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens. When you only have one focal length to “think outside the box” and not rely on changing the field of view to compose your shots.

The E-PL5 has the same sensor as the OM-D E-M5, but it lacks the built-in viewfinder and tough build quality of the E-M5. It makes a great photos and videos, and it’s tiny and easy to carry. The 60mm macro lens is definitely a winner. It is very sharp at f2.8 and even more so when it is stopped down.

Considering the lens I had, I decided to focus on small details and specifically doors and latches. I had a lot of fun among the huge train cars looking for tiny things to shoot. If you’re going to a place you have photographed before, try and give yourself an assignment so you don’t end up shooting the same things in the same way.