Photographer Dale Foshe has put together a 52 week photography challenge list that anyone around the world can download and take part in.
52 WEEK PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE
Unlike most photography challenges which are just a simple list of ideas, this 52 week challenge is designed to push your photography to the next level. This list is going to be more challenging to complete than a simple 52 week photography challenge list. But stick with it to the end and I guarantee you will be a better photographer for it.
Weekly Challenge Categories: Each week, the weekly assignment will be in one of 3 categories:
Portrait: Portrait photography is really about capturing the essence of a person in an image. A portrait image can range from a classic portrait to candid, or from street photography to a selfie. Each time this category comes up we will dive into a different area of portrait photography. The main focus should always be a person/persons (or maybe a pet).
Landscape: In the context of the #dogwood52 photography challenge, this category is pretty broad covering both traditional landscapes, and some non-traditional areas such as urbanscapes. Don’t be afraid to really explore your surroundings in this category. If the focus is the environment you are in, it will qualify as Landscape in this category.
Artistic Impression: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other two categories that are more focused, the main focus of this category is to let your creativity shine.
WEEK 1 Portrait: Self Portrait! Start things off right with a "selfie"! Explore the self timer setting on your camera.
WEEK 2 Landscape: Traditional Landscape! Shoot a beautiful landscape and share it with the world. Find a nice foreground and don't forget the sky.
WEEK 3 Artistic: Red! Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don't be afraid to be creative.
WEEK 4 Portrait: Headshot! You shot a selfie, now shoot a "selfie" of someone else!
WEEK 5 Landscape: Black and White! Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.
WEEK 6 Artistic: Candy! Your artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. A great chance to play with macro photography.
WEEK 7 Portrait: Faceless! Tell someone's story without showing their face.
WEEK 8 Landscape: Wide Angle/Panorama! This is a great opportunity to explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape.
WEEK 9 Artistic: Shadows! The opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow. Interpret this into a masterpiece.
WEEK 10 Portrait: Environmental! Show a subject in their natural habitat. Their place of work or hobby is a great start. Tell their story with the environment
WEEK 11 Landscape: Reflection! Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed.
WEEK 12 Artistic: Transportation! Our world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation.
WEEK 13 Portrait: High Key! Expose to the right and create a light, airy high key portrait.
WEEK 14 Landscape: Zoomed in! Most landscapes are wide sweeping images. Try an alternative and zoom in instead.
WEEK 15 Artistic: Metal! Cold, hard steel. Shiny Aluminum. Or even rusted and broken down. Find your inspiration in metal this week.
WEEK 16 Portrait: Movement! Most portraits are stationary, so this week explore adding some movement. Dancing, twirling, or even hair flips.
WEEK 17 Landscape: Urbanscape! Most Landscapes are wide open spaces of natural beauty... this week find the beauty of the urbanscape/cityscape.
WEEK 18 Artistic: Texture! The artistic inspiration this week is texture. You should almost be able to feel the image.
WEEK 19 Portrait: Messy! Take an amazing portrait of someone, make a mess while you are doing it.
WEEK 20 Landscape: Night owl! A tripod is going to be handy this week... time to shoot a night landscape. Look for some light for the scene! Car lights, city lights, or maybe just moonlight.
WEEK 21 Artistic: Fantasy! Is this real life, or is this just fantasy... Your artistic inspiration this week is fantasy.