WANT TO BECOME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER?

We all want to be a better photographer, right? And we all know, in order to get better, you have to practice. Practice a lot!

Someone has figured out the real challenge to do, so that you become a better photographer. And 123Photogo is willing to help. Let’s start with the program:

Take the 365 photo challenge! Shoot a picture every day for a year!
Photo by Ramiz Dedaković on Unsplash

Are you ready to take the 365 photo challenge? Taking a picture every day for a whole year is the perfect way in which to push your photography – as this project forces you to be inventive with your camera every day. And although you could start this any day – there is no better day to start than at the beginning of a new year. So why not give this a go from 01 February 2021?

None of us can venture far to indulge our photography habits at present, so staying creatively motivated may be proving seriously difficult. However, there is always some good to be found in nearly every situation, and time spent at home, with very few scheduled constraints on our time, such as commuting, can provide the artistic impetus we need to improve our photographic technique. 

Many photo projects can seem overly basic for more experienced shooters, but even working professionals can find benefit in setting ourselves creative challenges. A popular approach is the 365 project. This requires a photographer to make an image every day of the year, which may seem easy at first consideration, but in practice often proves extremely difficult. 

The concept of a 365 is to push yourself creatively, discovering new ways of making mundane scenes or objects photogenic. Consider this practice for working in changeable or less than ideal shooting environments, as part of your professional life, which is a common occurrence. Here are some tips to get you started. 

1- Pick a theme:

Select a focus for your project. This will define the content of your images for the next year so pick wisely! As a professional photographer, choose a theme which is relevant to your area of business, as this will enable you to use your project to subtly advertise your services and demonstrate your expertise. This doesn’t mean you can’t try something new for originality, but will add value in terms of furthering your business from home.

Ideas: Nature, portraits, close-up, landscapes, sunsets, gardens, etc.

 2. Make a plan 

woman in blue chambray long-sleeved top sitting on black leather chair with silver MacBook on lap
Photo from Unsplash

Before you start out on your 365 project, make a rough plan of how you will shoot, edit and upload your images to your preferred hosting platform, be it Instagram, Flickr or 500px. It may be more fun to leave subject selection to the day of the shoot, or at least the week, but working out a process in advance will ensure you don’t miss any days.

3. Vary your style 

As a professional you will likely try to marry your photographic style with your business brand, but trying new ways of shooting familiar subjects is a great opportunity to gauge the success of each, through viewer reaction. An online project is like a virtual world, allowing you to test styles on people who aren’t paying clients. Altering your creative approach from day to day will also keep the project fresh and interesting for you as the photographer. Try something you may not normally consider, to develop your preferred shooting and editing signature.

4. Promote your project 

girl using black laptop computer
Photo by CoWomen, on Unsplash

In the current climate there may not be a tremendous amount of source content for your blog – jobs you’re undertaking, trips you’ve been on etc. – so a project is a great event about which to keep your followers updated. As well as posting the images from each shoot, post behind the scenes images to shout about your work on social media, to garner a greater potential following.

5. Engage with your audience

Photo by: Daria Mamont, on Unsplash

6. Create an end product

A novel strategy is to state early on that you will create a product with your images once your project is over. This could be a photobook, online gallery dedicated to the display of project images or even a calendar, with one image per day. Getting creative with a destination for your images will encourage your followers to keep up with the progress of your project with interest, as there will now be a collectable element to each entry.

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7. Conclusion

woman in yellow shirt holding black cup
Photo by Samsung memory, on Unsplash

123PhotoGo can help:

Want to do the 365 day photo challenge, but, need someone to look and critique your photos? We are here to help !!! YAY!!

While taking your photos and you want someone to look at your photos and maybe work with a coach? If you will send your photos and questions and comments to: question.123photogo@gmail.com and we will work with you personally on this project. We have a staff of photographers that can look at your photos with you, and give suggestions on your photos. LET’S DO IT!

Photographers:

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

Published by 123photogo

I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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