It’s a new year and with it comes new possibilities, new adventures, and new projects. There are a ton of photography project ideas out there, and we’ve gathered a few of those ideas for you to start next year. Choose one and watch your photography improve while having fun at the same time.
You’ve probably witnessed many of your photography friends start 365 Projects at the start of a new year. If you’ve been considering joining one of these challenges, this is your year. This is one of the simplest and most popular photography projects out there. You just take a photo every day for 365 days. It’s one of the best ways to improve your photography because it forces you to take a photo every day. You can do this on your own by simply picking up your camera from Beachcamera.com and taking a photo of whatever you want. Or you can search for a guided 365 that teaches you a photography technique. It also gives you a photo prompt designed to put that technique into practice.
If you’re having a hard time committing to an entire year of daily shooting, try shooting once a week for a year. Often called Project 52 because you take a photo every week for 52 weeks, it’s a great alternative if you don’t feel like you have enough time to devote to a 365. There are many groups on the internet that offer weekly themes to keep your photography juices flowing.
Another alternative is to do a project that lasts a month.
There are a number of ways to approach a 30-day project. If you’re the type of person that would benefit from daily prompts, there are plenty of groups that can guide you along the way. Just search “photo a day” plus the month you’re interested in.
When you can’t quite make it for a project 365, sometimes, taking 24 photos for a whole year is just the thng you need. With this project, you simply take 2 photos a month, every month for the entire year.
With this project, you choose one day and take photos all day to capture a day in the life of you, your family, your dog, or anyone. It’s a great way to capture routines and a slice of your life on an ordinary day. An easy way to do it is to set your timer every hour and take a photo. You can do it with your DSLR or your smartphone from Beachcamera.com.
You could actually combine this project with the previous project idea if you want. The idea being that over the course of the day, you take photos that tell the story of your life using a documentary style approach to photography. This makes for a great project because you’ll be forced to learn how to shoot in various lighting situations while capturing life. Be sure to carry your camera with you everywhere if you take on this challenge. And if you don’t want to bring along your “big girl” camera, you can always use your smaller mirrorless camera.
Take a photo a day, 100 days in a row like documenting the 100 days of summer. Give yourself a creative boost and choose a project and have fun with it. This year is going to be amazing!