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Photography Challenges

Do you think you need to buy a new camera or the latest gadget to improve your photography? Think again!

What you probably need to do is spend some time getting to know the camera you have now, and most importantly practice taking photographs!

In this section, you will find all of our monthly challenges.

Although most of them have already had their prizes awarded, they are still the perfect way for you to practice and perfect your photography with a solid structure for inspiration and motivation.

These challenges offer you expert advice, tricks of the trade, and suggested starting points to get your creative juices flowing.

What can you expect from these photography challenges:

  • Shooting and non-shooting challenges.
  • Get my top tips for success.
  • Exercises that will push you through your sticking points.
  • Discover ways to look at everything differently.
  • Your creativity will be expanded.
  • You will learn to take more interesting photos.

The best way to improve your photography is by challenging yourself and by being consistent with your practice so you can really cement your learning. These challenges are designed to guide you to see the world a little differently, and bring out your creativity, while pushing you to edge outside your comfort zone at the same time.

Are ready to start challenging yourself? Take a read of the top challenges below to get going.

It's time for a new photography challenge. This month, you're going to be playing with light - in the dark! Get a flashlight and let's get started. You can do this, no need for fancy or expensive gear.

It's time to dust off your camera, put on your walking shoes, and get out and shoot for this month's photography challenge. Ready, aim, shoot at 100 paces! Take a friend with you to have even more fun, and enter to win.

Well, folks, we haven't had a photography challenge in a while so it's time! And you don't even need a model for this one because I'm going to send you out to do a creative self-portrait. As photographers, we tend to like to stay behind the camera. But you need to come out and get ... [Read more]

In this month's photography challenge, I'm going to send you out to go shoot familiar location and the challenge part is getting creative and learning to see it with new eyes. Don't worry, I'll give you some tips to help you do this.

This month I'm giving you a new photography challenge, to tell a story with your image. Pick a song or poem you like, and create an image that tells that story. This is about working on the aesthetic aspects of photography and less on the technical stuff.

This month's photography challenge may tug at your heartstrings - at least I hope so. A day in the life project is so valuable to not only you as the photographer but the subject and their family as well. Here's why I challenge you to do this one and do it soon!

This is the story of an amateur photographer who did a personal project - trading cards of local baristas. See what he learned and how you can do the same, then take the challenge on yourself.

This month's photography challenge is one you can do anywhere, with any camera, regardless of your skill level, and it only takes 30 minutes! Get some fresh air, put on your walking shoes and get out there to take some photos. All you need is a camera, walking shoes, and half an hour of your time.

This month we're going to do something a little different. Yes, it's still a photography challenge but you'll get so much more than that out of it if you participate. Gratitude and appreciation of what you have in your life.

Challenge yourself this month to shoot wide opened, or with an extra large aperture. Enclosed are some tips for success and subject ideas. So get out of the rut of doing the same thing all the time, and try this if you normally shoot at f/8 or smaller apertures. See how creative you can get with it.

The challenge this month is to process some images - and I'm giving you 5 of mine to play with! If you're new to processing now's the time to try it - if you do it regularly, I'd love to see you try a new technique, style, or method. Let's see what you can create!

The challenge this month is to simplify. Learn how it will help you make images that are stronger, with a clear subject and more impact. Enter to win a prize by sharing your images and your experience with us.

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