Hello Everyone! I've finally decided that I should begin a blog. I'm not big into this sort of thing, but maybe if I give it a try, it will change my mind. A friend of mine recommended I attempt a 52 week photo challenge, which was created and posted by Dogwood Photography (http://dogwood.photography/52weekchallenge.html).
Since this idea was posted by popular photo sites such as SLRLounge.com and Petapixel.com, the idea has gained a lot of popularity. Since I'm always up for a challenge and to improve my own photography skills, I've decided to attempt this challenge, at least to the best I can due to my hectic work schedule. For those who wish to join me in this challenge, I have posted the shot list for each week this year below:
THE CHALLENGE LIST
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: Nightowl 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.
WEEK 22 Portrait: Hands Usually the face is the strongest element in the frame; with the hands being second. Make the hands the most important element in your image this week.
WEEK 23 Landscape: Weather This week should be as unpredictable as the weather! Feature the weather in this week's landscape.
WEEK 24 Artistic: Sparkle! Shoot what inspires you this week, just make sure it sparkles.
WEEK 25 Portrait: Silhouette Expose for the background and let your subject fall into shadow. Shape is important this week.
WEEK 26 Landscape: Simplify Simply the scene to make your primary subject stand out.
WEEK 27 Artistic: Blue You were inspired by the fiery red earlier, now be inspired by calming blue.
WEEK 28 Portrait: Family Whether it's the family you are born with or the one you choose, show the world what family is to you.
WEEK 29 Landscape: Waterscape Ocean, lake, river, pond, or puddle. Make water the primary subject of this landscape.
WEEK 30 Artistic: Patterns Get inspired by the rhythm that patterns bring to your images.
WEEK 31 Portrait: Street Candid Candids on the street, show us life in your town through the lens.
WEEK 32 Landscape: Colorful Shoot a landscape that packs as much color as you can find into the scene.
WEEK 33 Artistic: Collaboration Doesn't matter what you shoot, just do with another artist. Share vision and ideas. Collaborate.
WEEK 34 Portrait: Child Candid or posed, capture an image of a child. Try getting down on their level for a unique perspective.
WEEK 35 Landscape: Nature up Close Get up close and personal with nature in this natural beauty shot. Flowers, bees, bugs and spiders might all make great shots
WEEK 36 Artistic: Food Take your food photography to the next level. Its not lunch, its art.
WEEK 37 Portrait: Fashion Avant-garde to commercial to traditional, and everything in between. The focus is the clothes this week.
WEEK 38 Landscape: Get Low Time to look at the world from a different angle. Shoot a landscape from a low point of view.
WEEK 39 Art: Handmade Your artistic interpretation should be inspired by another artisan's handmade work. Literal or interpreted.
WEEK 40 Portrait: Sitting in a Chair Either a formal sitting portrait or a re-interpretation of this classic. Photography your subject sitting in a chair.
WEEK 41 Landscape: Get High Everything looks different when you are high. Find a high perspective to shoot this landscape.
WEEK 42 Artistic: Minimalist Isolate your subject using the minimalist approach. Inspire someone with your art.
WEEK 43 Portrait: The Elderly Tell the story of an elderly person through the power of your camera. Capture the lines of their life.
WEEK 44 Landscape: A Tree Some of the most famous landscapes in the world feature a tree. Time to see what you can do.
WEEK 45 Artistic: Nostalgic Use nostalgic as your inspiration this week. Long for the moments we want recapture. The good times.
WEEK 46 Portrait: Backlit The sun makes a great back light, as well as a flash. Don't forget the fill light. A flash or reflector can be used to fill in the subject.
WEEK 47 Landscape: Abandoned Capture an image of that which others have forgotten. It may be the last image before its gone from us forever.
WEEK 48 Artistic: Bokeh A shallow depth of field is often used to isolate the subject. Create an artistic interpretation using shallow depth of field.
WEEK 49 Portrait: Dancing Whether it's a professional dancer, or just some kids in the street. Try experimenting with slow and fast shutter speed to both blur and freeze the subject.
WEEK 50 Landscape: Symmetrical Often considered one of the hardest compositions to pull off, Symmetry. Challenge yourself this week by shooting a symmetrical landscape/urbanscape.
WEEK 51 Artistic: Art It is time to really challenge yourself. Your artistic interpretation should be art, about art. So meta.
WEEK 52 Portrait: Another Self Portrait For your final challenge, we end where we started. Take one last self-portrait, and be amazed at how far you have come in a year.