52-Week Photography Challenge: Week 1

52-Week Photography ChallengeI was afraid of doing this 52-week photography challenge because it forces me to upload pictures every week and maybe that’s not the best content to put out there.

Besides, I run three categories in this blog that I intercalate to keep the content from repeating itself. And this will force me to put Photography content every week. But I figured out a solution.

So, during this challenge, the Photography content will be up on Fridays. And Wednesdays will be the days that I intercalate the Fashion and Lifestyle content.

Accordingly, if one week I have something major about photography that I want to share, I will be making that post anyway. But at the end of the post, I will share the photos of the challenge for that week. That way I will keep things moving forward.

So, what is this 52-week photography challenge?

First and foremost, this challenge was made to force you to create content every week during a year, and improve your photography skills in the meanwhile. There are a lot of different challenges out there inspired by this one, but I found the one that Dogwood Photography uploaded to be the most inspiring one, so that’s what I’m following.

Therefore, I’m going to list the themes for each week in this post, and if you’ve read my Photography Tips Series, maybe you can join me! If you do, use the hashtag #52weeksab so I can see your amazing progress!


WEEK 1Portrait: Self PortraitStart things off right with a “selfie”! Explore the self-timer setting on your camera.
WEEK 2Landscape: Traditional LandscapeShoot a beautiful landscape and share it with the world. So find a nice foreground and don’t forget the sky.
WEEK 3Artistic: RedThis week shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. So don’t be afraid to be creative.
WEEK 4Portrait: HeadshotYou shot a selfie, so now shoot a “selfie” of someone else!
WEEK 5Landscape: Black and WhiteLook for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.
WEEK 6Artistic: CandyYour artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. Therefore, a great chance to play with macro photography.
WEEK 7Portrait: FacelessTell someone’s story without showing their face.
WEEK 8Landscape: Wide Angle/PanoramaThis is a great opportunity to explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape.
WEEK 9Artistic: ShadowsThe opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow. All things considered, interpret this into a masterpiece.
WEEK 10Portrait: EnvironmentalShow a subject in their natural habitat. Their place of work or hobby is a great start. Tell their story with the environment
WEEK 11Landscape: ReflectionFind a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. Therefore, the mirror world revealed.
WEEK 12Artistic: TransportationOur world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation.
WEEK 13Portrait: High KeyExpose to the right and create a light, airy high key portrait.
WEEK 14Landscape: Zoomed inMost landscapes are wide sweeping images. Try an alternative and zoom in instead.
WEEK 15Artistic: MetalCold, hard steel. Shiny Aluminum. Or even rusted and broken down. In conclusion, find your inspiration in metal this week.
WEEK 16Portrait: MovementMost portraits are stationary, so this week explore adding some movement. Dancing, twirling, or even hair flips.
WEEK 17Landscape: UrbanscapeMost Landscapes are wide open spaces of natural beauty… this week find the beauty of the urbanscape/cityscape.
WEEK 18Artistic: TextureThe artistic inspiration this week is texture. You should almost be able to feel the image.
WEEK 19Portrait: MessyTake an amazing portrait of someone, make a mess while you are doing it.
WEEK 20Landscape: NightowlA 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 21Artistic: FantasyIs this real life, or is this just fantasy… Your artistic inspiration this week is fantasy.
WEEK 22Portrait: HandsUsually 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 23Landscape: WeatherThis week should be as unpredictable as the weather! Feature the weather in this week’s landscape.
WEEK 24Artistic: Sparkle!Shoot what inspires you this week, just make sure it sparkles.
WEEK 25Portrait: SilhouetteExpose for the background and let your subject fall into shadow. Shape is important this week.
WEEK 26Landscape: SimplifySimply the scene to make your primary subject stand out.
WEEK 27Artistic: BlueYou were inspired by the fiery red earlier, now be inspired by calming blue.
WEEK 28Portrait: FamilyWhether it’s the family you are born with or the one you choose, show the world what family is to you.
WEEK 29Landscape: WaterscapeOcean, lake, river, pond, or puddle. Make water the primary subject of this landscape.
WEEK 30Artistic: PatternsGet inspired by the rhythm that patterns bring to your images.
WEEK 31Portrait: Street CandidCandids on the street, show us life in your town through the lens.
WEEK 32Landscape: ColorfulShoot a landscape that packs as much color as you can find into the scene.
WEEK 33Artistic: CollaborationDoesn’t matter what you shoot, just do with another artist. Share vision and ideas. Collaborate.
WEEK 34Portrait: ChildCandid or posed, capture an image of a child. Try getting down on their level for a unique perspective.
WEEK 35Landscape: Nature up CloseGet up close and personal with nature in this natural beauty shot. Flowers, bees, bugs and spiders might all make great shots
WEEK 36Artistic: FoodTake your food photography to the next level. Its not lunch, its art.
WEEK 37Portrait: FashionAvant-garde to commercial to traditional, and everything in between. The focus is the clothes this week.
WEEK 38Landscape: Get LowTime to look at the world from a different angle. Shoot a landscape from a low point of view.
WEEK 39Art: HandmadeYour artistic interpretation should be inspired by another artisan’s handmade work. Literal or interpreted.
WEEK 40Portrait: Sitting in a ChairEither a formal sitting portrait or a re-interpretation of this classic. Therefore, photograph your subject sitting in a chair.
WEEK 41Landscape: Get HighEverything looks different when you are high. Find a high perspective to shoot this landscape.
WEEK 42Artistic: MinimalistIsolate your subject using the minimalist approach. Inspire someone with your art.
WEEK 43Portrait: The ElderlyTell the story of an elderly person through the power of your camera. Capture the lines of their life.
WEEK 44Landscape: A TreeSome of the most famous landscapes in the world feature a tree. Time to see what you can do.
WEEK 45Artistic: NostalgicUse nostalgic as your inspiration this week. Long for the moments we want recapture. The good times.
WEEK 46Portrait: BacklitThe 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 47Landscape: AbandonedCapture an image of that which others have forgotten. It may be the last image before its gone from us forever.
WEEK 48Artistic: BokehA shallow depth of field is often used to isolate the subject. Create an artistic interpretation using shallow depth of field.
WEEK 49Portrait: DancingWhether 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 50Landscape: SymmetricalOften considered one of the hardest compositions to pull off, Symmetry. Challenge yourself this week by shooting a symmetrical landscape/urbanscape.
WEEK 51Artistic: ArtIt is time to really challenge yourself. Your artistic interpretation should be art, about art.
WEEK 52Portrait: Another Self PortraitFor 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.

52-Week Photography Challenge: Week 1 | Self Portrait

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So, remember you can find more inspiration at #52weeksab on the gram.

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