Premise - a challenge should be something that takes you out of your comfort zone. The goal is to become a better photographer and make creative images.
- Take on a photographic endeavor that you have been procrastinating doing. Figure out what is keeping you from doing it.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
- Develop a project using any of the suggestions below or any other subject or technique that you have been considering trying but not executing.
- Create a still life with items starting with your initials. Example- your initials are ABC so you would do a still life with apples, bananas and cats.
- What's wrong with this picture? An image containing juxtaposition.
- How many heart shapes can you find in nature to creatively photograph?
- How many star shapes can you find in nature?
- Use a fixed, non-zoom, lens for a day and take at least ten (10) creative images.
- Find ten (10) red objects to photograph.
- Get a Color Wheel. Create or find images that would use the Complimentary and Analogous rules.
- How many different ways can you creatively photograph movement?
- Spend a day on the "street” doing street photography.
- Photograph the same scene from multiple perspectives and viewpoints.
- Learn a new photography technique, and produce some creative images and then teach the technique to interested club members.
- Create a book using your images.
- Create a Lightroom web gallery or build a website to display your best shots.
- Find a place that will let you display your photos in a gallery setting. Invite club members to your opening night.
Declare a personal photographic challenge and set a goal to complete a project:
- What do I want to do as a photographic challenge?
- What do I need to learn to complete this project?
- What date do I want to complete this project?
- How will I share this project?
Resources for Challenges
- Make a website-WIX -make a free website
- DPS - Digital Photography School- sign up to get free weekly photo tips
- Color Wheel- http://www.colorconnections.com/color_wheel.html
- B and H on You-tube
- Find a mentor
- Be a mentor
- Snapfish, MPIX , Lightroom to make a book
- Add your own and share
Ideas to Highlight Your Project
- Sign up for 15 minutes of fame
- Sign up to do a spotlight”
- "Publish” a book!
- Hang your photo in a gallery!
- Find a cafe that will let you hang your pictures!
- Enter a contest!
- Teach a technique that you learned!
- Print and frame some of your favorites from your project!
- Make a calendar!
- Make a set of mugs!
- Do a portfolio for a professional ... e.g. landscaper!
For my challenge over the holidays, I put away my DSLR for a few days and used only my iPhone on some outings. It was fun to find an interesting composition and use some iPhone App editing tools (Snapseed is my favorite). Jim and Barbara–thanks for the push to push out of the same-old, same-old!