I got some good suggestions from this book, but mostly in the chapter summaries. The chapter content were heavy on the inspirational/motivational themes -- which I'm discovering is a style for some photographer's books. Anyway, this is what I culled from it:Visual Poetry notesSelected (ones that I can imagine doing!) Portrait chapter workshop assignments1. Create 5 unique environmental photographers of 5 coworkers or family members. Compose the image so that the location and context are an integral aspect of the photograph. 2. No faces. Create 5 telling portraits of 5 different people, without including the face of the subject. 3. Prop with subjects. Create 5 photographs of 5 different people with the same prop. Props help people relax, give them something to do, and draw out different personality traits. Here are a few prop ideas: vintage binoculars, cowboy hat, shovel, guitar, ladder. Kids and family chapter. Again, selected workshop assignments.1. Record jumps. Create a set of 10 photographs of kids jumping. Get down low so that the subject looks much higher. Try to compose the images in a way that catches the kids in midair without the object they jumped from. This perspective will add a bit of mystery and draw the viewer in. Travel chapterBefore going to a location, build up your familiarity with the place by searching for its name at stock photography sites. Also discover what types of travel photographs are most marketable. Gettyimages.com, corbis.com. Assignments:1. Without going more than 15 miles, set out to photograph your geographic context like it has never been photographed before. Imagine that you are a foreigner and have only a short time to capture what captivates you. Create a set of at least 20 strong photographs. 2. Select a theme. Such as simplicity, serenity, happiness, excitement. Go for a walk and only take pictures that fit into your theme. Create a set of 10 such photographs. Review and respond: Look at old travel photos. Pick out a few of your favorites. Why is this photo good? What do you like about it? What led up to that moment? Journal and take “class notes” that may later have the potential to light a creative fire. Pick out a few of your all-time favorites and consider submitting them to a contest or a feature. Check out National Geographic Your Shot. Once you get a feel for what they are looking for, take some time to submit some of your own. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up in the next National Geographic issue!Found objects chapter. Create photographic collections: banjos, bottle caps, armadillos, pay phones, party hats. Once you’ve determined the subject, the game begins. Searching, seeking, and then finding unique and distinct subjects leads to more. As you share your idea or show photos people will start to contribute to the cause, and the momentum will gather. They’ll tell you stories about where to go and what to look for. It’s a quirky, fun and fascinating way to explore the world. Get close and fill the frame.Mine where you workShow where you are.Discover line, shape, and form. Create directional photographs.Create a calendar or a coffee table book?Buying gear. Buying a camera body is like buying a computer – it will last 3 to 5 years. Even the entry-level models work well. Invest in camera bags – they will last. Invest in camera lenses – they will last indefinitely. So, invest less in a camera body and more in a good lens. Use a bean bag tripod. When buying a tripod, the tripod head is more important than the legs because it allows you to compose. Look for a circular ball head. Tripod legs should be strong and compact – look for a composite material like carbon fiber. Gear reviews: Dpreview.com/Luminous-landscape.com/Moosepeterson.com/gearPhoto.net/equipmentOutdoorphotographer.com/gear.htm.