Photo challenges to inspire you.
Get shooting and send in your photos to be added to the gallery pages ….. firstname.lastname@example.org
This challenge has been inspired and adapted slightly from … ‘The Photographer’s Play Book’ edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern – published by aperture (This challenge by Bill Armstrong) …
The Challenge: Some people believe that every individual emanates an “aura” – a distinct atmosphere or quality that seems to surround them, often described as a colour. Whether this is literally true or not, it’s an intriguing idea metaphorically. If we could capture a person’s aura in a photographic portrait it could add a psychological element to the picture.
Put on a neutral shirt, blouse, or dress (white, grey, beige, etc.). Stand in front of walls painted different colours and take self-portraits. You can try to do this with a camera phone, but a camera with a timer on a tripod is much better. Decide which portrait best captures what you feel is your aura.
If you’re having trouble finding enough different-coloured walls to work with, try it with different-coloured shirts, blouses, or dresses instead.
send in your best shots to … email@example.com
BEAUTIFUL FROM NOTHING
This challenge has been inspired and adapted slightly from … ‘The Photographer’s Play Book’ edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern – published by aperture (This challenge by Denis Defibaugh) …
The Challenge: Make thirty-six unique, beautiful photographs from one piece of white bond paper. Your goal is to make something beautiful from nothing.
You may not cut or tear the paper, but you can fold it, roll it, or crumple it. Shoot on a white background using any sources of light you have available to you. There should be nothing else in the photographs, just one piece of bond paper. Consider ways of manipulating your light source and what effect this will have on the image.
Consider the following: equivalents, abstraction, expressionism, line, space, shape, form, chiaroscuro
Here are some great examples shot by Saman Karamdaneh
and a quick look behind the scenes, lit at home with a humble reading lamp …
THE ALPHABET CHALLENGE
Look around you and search out letters to the alphabet, they are everywhere!
You can either set aside some time to do this specifically, or you can just carry on your ‘normal’ day, keeping your camera/phone handy and grab the shots on the go.
TIPS: when you spot something interesting, stop and work on it for a minute, is there anything you can do to improve the composition, maybe get in a bit closer, switch up your camera angle? Think about the light, is there anything you can do to tweak and improve it?
Here are some examples, to get you going ….