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Photo Challenge: Take a Photo Everyday in January Answered


With the New Year comes New Year's Resolutions, and one of my on-going resolutions is to improve my photography skills.  I have a hunch I'm not the only one who wants to be a better photographer, so I would like to pose a challenge in which I will also participate.

The Challenge:
Take a photograph everyday in January.

The Reward:
Bragging rights and a fancy patch to show everyone that you successfully completed the challenge.

Simple, right?  It doesn't have to be the best photo EVAR.  It doesn't have to be beautifully lit.  It doesn't need perfect composition.  It just has to be the very simple act of picking up your camera, taking a shot, and posting it online.  It can even be a photo you're going to use in an Instructable, a dual purpose photograph.  The trick is that it has to be done every day.  No old photos.  No rehashes.  This is for personal improvement and making photography a habit.

Now I realize that not everyone will be able or willing to do this everyday because stuff happens.  If you can take a photo for 20 days in January, you will get a patch.  If you can manage to take a new photo every single day, all 31, in January, you will get a very special patch!

If you would like to participate in this challenge, leave a reply to this topic saying that you accept the challenge.  As you submit your photos, reply to your original acceptance reply.  This will keep things a bit tidier, and you will be able to see your accomplishments altogether.  There's a great deal of satisfaction in seeing a big chunk of what you've done and feeling motivated to do more.  If you would like to see an example of how to submit photos for the challenge, please look for my acceptance comment on this topic and how I reply to that comment with photos I am submitting.

Alternatively, you can submit links to images on your Flickr, Picasa, DeviantArt, and other image sharing services.  This will save on bandwidth usage on Instructables.  Please do not submit links to private accounts such as Facebook and Myspace.  The images must be publicly viewable without requiring a linked account.

There are some mighty fine Instructables on photography, so you might want to take a look around.  Hopefully, by taking part in this challenge, you will not only improve your photography skills but your Instructables as well.  You might even be motivated to post an Instructable about photography in January!

If you would like to participate in a much larger challenge, check out Project365.

So here's to a Happy (and productive) New Year!




7 years ago

Thanks for the patch!

I had a fun month taking and sharing photos, great challenge!

Ok, I will make an attempt (and probably fail in it ). Does subject matter, matter?

Jan.2 The Budgie my wife calls Wudgi

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Ugh, I keep forgetting to post mine....

Jan. 3

The view through my magnifier (I need this now because of fading eyesight):

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Jan. 4

The hoops I use sometimes to make antenna coils from (normally used for embroidery?), hanging on a machete, with a bayonet off the the left.

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Jan. 5

The mirror and hanger in the shower.

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Back to the piggies....looks like there was a disagreement, as they set up separate rooms for each other (the one dug up a piece of paper from the cage floor to use as a wall):

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Ooops, forgot the label that: Jan 8th.

Jan 9th

Self Critique: the picture in the background probably should have been removed....

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I am not going to be able to keep up....sorry

Jan 13th

Another Breyer, fantasy edition.

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Snuggles is in the foreground, Marshmellow (Marshy) behind her and to the right is marah, our cavies 3.

Not at all! You can make the subject matter whatever you wish it to be, but I would recommend the photos be useful in some manner so that there are as many motivations in completing the challenge as possible. 

One rather simple motivation may be in documenting a passion or curiosity.  For instance, I enjoy gardening, so I will be more than likely photographing my garden or recently acquired plants.  This will help me document how my garden progresses and document plant names so that I can connect a face to a name. 

Another motivation might be learning a particular photography skill or becoming accomplished in using that skill.  This might involve studio photography, composition using the 1/3 rule, or portraits.

You might even want to think about photography contests and creating a portfolio of photographs to pull from.  For instance, there are a number of photography contests geared towards gardeners such as the Dave's Garden Annual Photography Contest, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Annual Photography Contest, and the Gardeners of America Club Annual Photography Contest.  All three of these contests have multiple (and very general) categories, which means that each gardening photograph could be used in one of the contest categories.

Still, the main motivation might be in just completing the challenge and getting in the habit of using your camera on a regular basis, which is certainly a major accomplishment in itself.  Just because I set out certain requirements for receiving a patch, that doesn't mean the patch and its requirements have to be your goal. Your goal could be to take 15 photos or even 10 or 3.

It might be easier to break up the month of January into weeks.  Considering a whole month might be a bit disheartening because it's a long time to do something.  It's much easier to think about days and weeks. You might set a goal to take a photo everyday for the first 7 days of January. Once 7 days have gone by, you can set another to take a photo for the next 7 days in January depending on how well you met your first goal. And so on.

The subject matter and goal can be whatever you want it to be.  If you can find the right motivation and set an attainable goal, you are more likely to finish a challenge.  Fortunately, there is time between now and January 1st to consider what these motivations and goals are.

Um, yeah at this point I have all of TOMORROW to figure it out LOL

I know, I just read it yesterday though....sorry, didn't mean about your reply, I was referring to my READ time LOL

Sounds like a bandwidth killer ;-) But....

It's On.

Tried posting yesterdays picture multiple times, apparently Instructables does not play nice with cell phones

Deer Camp

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Kinda looks like you use a howitzer to go after Bambi, I prefer a rocket launcher.

Well, it wasn't my choice ;-), my boss's dad offered to let me shoot his rifle, I couldn't very well say no. BTW it's a Ruger M77 MkII in 7MM

Ya, I thought about the bandwidth this topic could potentially eat, but I also thought I might be the only one participating in the challenge.  Glad I was wrong!

I accept the challenge. Wonderful Idea!