Happy New Year to Everyone! I have been out of the blogging world for a while now, but I've been itching to get back in. I have a little (stress the word LITTLE) extra time now and want to get back into getting to know my camera again. Yes, I am a portrait photographer. However, I miss getting out and taking photos of nature, still life, people in their element.
While I thought about doing another Project 365, it just is not feasible at this time. However, a 52 Week challenge, this is doable. Then I thought, why don't I just do my own from my blog, FB page and Instagram? I mean, we all want traffic and followers, correct? I need some place to put my photos. Win-win in my book.
Do you have an interest in photography? Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Are you wanting to learn more about it? Have you always loved photography and are looking for a challenge? Do you love taking photos with your awesome cell phone? I mean, let's face it. Some of the cell phones out there outperform DSLR's in some instances! You just have to take the time to learn how to use it! In fact, these photos were all taken with my iPhone 6+ this past year.
Are you interested in all of the above? Then this challenge is for you!
One of the things that I still talk about with my Project 365 is that I learned so much about my camera during that year. If truth be told, I learned a lot about myself and life that year as well. I improved my skills and became more familiar with the different settings and aspects of my camera and photography in general.
So this is what I am going to do. I have come up with 52 fun ideas for us. It may be a technical challenge, it may be a color challenge, maybe a shutter speed or depth of field challenge. "Take a photo of a bird." Easy peasy, right? Whatever the case may be, it will be a hodge podge. Don't sweat it. You only have to spend a few minutes a week on this challenge. Whether you upload it to Facebook, Instagram or your own blog, that's up to you. All I ask is that you use the hashtag #FMTM52weeks, or blog tag FMTM52weeks. If I get enough takers, I will feature on my Wordpress nature blog From Moments to Memories, on my Facebook page From Moments to Memories or Instagram (@frommomentstomemories) Don't have a blog or Instagram? Just post it on your Facebook page, or post it on MY Facebook page.
Don't know where to begin? Here are a few tips to help you start:
- Follow me on social media and/or check out my website:
Wordpress blog - From Moments to Memories Nature Photo Blog
Facebook - From Moments to Memories
Instagram - @frommomentstomemories
Website - From Moments to Memories
- Read your camera's manual. Seriously, I have read mine front to back 3 times. Those of you who know me personally do not find that surprising. If you are using your phone, scour the internet for phone photography tips. I'm actually working on an iPhone tutorial/infographic to share with you all. Here are a couple that I just found doing a quick google search National Geographic Camera Phone Tips and iPhone Photography School.
- Follow photographers you like on social media. Not just your friends and pets. Do a search of what you may be interested in! This will help you find out what type of style you really like, and what niche you may be interested in. Whether it be nature, portraits, sports, street photography, etc. Believe me, there is something for everyone on the internet!
Some of my favorite bloggers (I am partial to nature, but follow others):
Photos by Donna
Birds of New England (love my birds)
Texas Tweeties (again with the birds, and Bob is an awesome person)
Quiet Solo Pursuits
Some of my favorite Instagrammers: @jennddesigns, @chandra_whitfield, quark_track, @street.activity and so many more I can't list. Instagram has so many talented photographers!
- Check your settings before you get into the shoot. Check Pinterest! a TON of info on there! I am also working on a tutorial of settings as well. Am I an expert? No. But I have ideas and know what works for certain captures.
- Remember this is not a contest. It's a challenge. There is no right or wrong photo. During my Project 365, I had to remind myself that not every photo is a masterpiece! Sometimes I just needed a photo of my shoe. True story!
- Keep learning and growing. You can certainly tell the difference from start to finish in my Project 365. Some of my best work came out of that year.
I will post the 52 week themes tomorrow, Monday, January 2. I will post my own photo along with the new theme on Mondays. So everyone will have one week to do your challenge.
I am also going to try and post in between my normal stuff as well! So...long story short...follow this blog!
Thanks for stopping!