Challenges are a fun way to help improve your skills in a particular area. If you want to get better at photography, or you just like taking pictures, PetaPixel has a fun 52-week photo challenge anyone can join.
Photo by Kaique Rocha
Photographer Dale Foshe created the challenge last year, and it went over so well, he decided to bring it back for 2017. The challenge consists of a new assignment every week, with a focus on one of three overall categories: Storytelling, technical aptitude and artistic impression. Here are the assignments for the first few weeks:
Week 1: Story: Rule of thirds: The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn; but most don’t know why they learn it. The rule of thirds is amazing for telling a story. Tell a story using rule of thirds.
Week 2: Technical: SOOC: Straight Out of the camera. No Photoshop. Shoot a compelling image and post it without edits. No cheating! Be sure and save the image file for the end of the challenge!
Week 3: Artistic: Land: Your inspiration this week is land. This could be a landscape, or an image inspired by the land in some way.
Week 4: Story: Mirror: Tell a story using a mirror.
Week 5: Technical: Ten Shots: Shoot 10 shots of the same subject. Each shot should be from a different angle, distance, and focal length. Share your favourite image from the set.
Foshe encourages sharing your work, too. You can follow along on Instagram with other users taking the challenge (including me!) and add the hashtags #dogwood52, #dogwood2017 and #dogwoodweek1 (depending on the week). For the entire list of challenges, head to PetaPixel’s link below.