Photography 101: Projects for the New Year

To develop your photography skills, it makes sense that you need to always be using your camera.  As I thrive on projects, I’ve been racking my brain to come up with a project for my year, and have considered several options.  I thought I’d share them with you, in case you’d like to try your hand at a project or two yourself.


Project 365 – This one has been around for a while, but I still think it’s a worthwhile project.  I did this first in 2010 with my “regular” camera, and again in 2012 with my iPhone camera (link HERE).  Basically, there are no rules, only to take a photo every day.  It can be more challenging than it sounds.

Project 52 – Similar to Project 365, but you give yourself a little more space.  Take one photo a week. You could make the subjects random, or you could focus in on a specific theme for your pictures, like all self-portraits, or one thing outdoors throughout the entire year that changes with the seasons.

ABC Photographs – Find things in everyday life that remind you of letters.  Find the whole alphabet.  Not only is this challenging and fun, it provides the base work for some really cool and unique photo gifts at the end of the year.  Check out this print of our last name (Odom):


Creative Portraits – Take portraits of people without showing their faces.  You will be amazed how much meaning and emotion you can still capture in an image without focusing on the eyes.


A Day in the Life – Take a photo every hour, one day a month.

Photo Scavenger Hunt – Go on a photo scavenger hunt.  Make up a list or find one online.  Here is one we did on my birthday one year that was lots of fun:  LINK


So, what did I decide?

I’m going to do Project 52, but all about NUMBERS.  I will take one photograph a week featuring some kind of number.  I think it will be a fun challenge.

Here’s my first shot:


So what about you?  Do you have a photography project in the works for 2013?  Share with us!

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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4 Responses to Photography 101: Projects for the New Year

  1. Lana January 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    I’m thinking about doing Project 365 :-)

  2. Debi Kirksey January 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    I’ll be watching! My goal this year since I’ll be traveling less is to learn how to use my camera better. So much I need to learn….

  3. Omar Paulo January 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Thanks Laura. I think ill go for Project 52. I’ll take photos of things you can find, or places you can go to in our lovely little city. :-)


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