There are many different types of photography. For example, nature, food and sports photography. To improve your skills in whichever style you are most interested, take our 52 week photo challenge! All you need to do is take a little time each week to snap a specific type of photo.
These weekly challenges will help you become more familiar with different aspects of your camera and teach you a little about different angles, lighting and camera settings. Before you begin the weekly photo challenge, we have a few tips to ensure that you really do improve over the course of the year.
- Start following a photographer you admire on social media to stay up to speed. It will help you learn more about what is behind some of their best shots.
- Be sure to examine your photos each week and compare as you go. This will help you improve significantly and can be the difference in just collecting 52 photos and documenting your creative growth.
- Read your camera’s manual (or learn how to master iPhone photography). Actually knowing what your camera is technically capable of will really benefit you throughout the course of this project.
- Pay attention when you are watching your favorite TV show or a critically acclaimed film. You can learn a lot about framing, composition and lighting by watching the pros.
- Check your settings before you shoot. You will need different settings for different lighting and events.
The greatest things you will learn throughout the course of this year are how your camera works and what your style is as a photographer. Not all of your photographs will be beautiful! Make sure to learn from all of them, from the masterpiece to the blurry, dark shot.
To make sure you complete the photo challenge, find ways to hold yourself accountable. You can create a fun hashtag and posts your photos on social media once a week or get a group of friends together and make taking photos a weekly social event. To remind yourself what each weekly challenge is, print out the list below and stick it on your refrigerator.
Make sure to show off your improved photography talent by sharing it with your loved ones! With your favorite photos, you can create fun, personalized photo gifts like mugs, ornaments or puzzles.
If you’re looking to improve your photography skills in 2018, doing a year-long photo challenge is a great way to stay motivated with ideas and inspiration. Photographer Dale Foshe has put together a new 52 week photography challenge for 2018.
You’ll receive a specific photo challenge every Monday in each of the 52 weeks of the year. The challenges will each be from one of five categories:
1. Vision: This category is designed to push you to go beyond sight, to insight; to take inspiration and make it a reality. Developing a Vision for your work is showing to others what you see in your mind’s eye.
2. Composition: Composition refers to the way the various elements in a scene are arranged within the frame. Challenges will focus on setting up the shot and developing our personal composition styles; styles which can become our trademark.
3. Technical: Technical Aptitude is just as important as creative inspiration in photography. This year’s technical category is primarily focused on in-camera processes, however, there will be some post-processing techniques included.
4. Creative: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other categories, the idea of this category is to let your artistic impression shine.
5. Wild Card: Consider this a Show-and-Tell for grown-ups. You have freedom do shoot what and how you wish. Let us know if you’re trying a new technique, composition, style, subject, working on a specific project, or just exercising your freedom.
Here’s a downloadable PDF with the full list of 52 challenges — print it out and reference it each week:
Want to add this challenge to your online calendar to have it remind you of your challenge each week? Here’s the calendar link you can add to your favorite calendar service.
Once you’ve created a photo for each challenge, you can join the challenge’s Facebook group to share your work and be inspired by other photographers. You can also post and browse on social media under the hashtags: #dogwood52, #dogwood2018, and #dogwoodweek[NUMBER] (ex: #dogwoodweek1, #dogwoodweek2).
Foshe launched his first 52 Week Challenge in 2015 and followed it up with another one in 2016. Both were huge successes: tens of thousands of photographers around the world participated. With this third upcoming iteration in 2018, this challenge is becoming a popular New Year’s resolution for photographers who want to keep their creative juices flowing.