A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a friend of mine that I wanted to become more deliberate in my photography. I started photography as a hobby shortly after college, where I was inspired by a professor who practiced large-format photography. My first love was Ansel Adams and his breathtaking photographs of the American west.
My budget didn’t allow for a 4x5 camera, however, so I mostly worked with a fairly primitive (by today’s standards) Canon SLR; it had automatic exposure but manual focus. I shot primarily in B&W, not only because of my preoccupation with Ansel Adams, but because I could buy the film in bulk and develop it in my bathroom, thus making it a relatively cheap way to practice.
I’ve been an “enthusiast” photographer since then (about 1983) and I’ve used a variety of cameras since then. In the late 1990’s, I encountered a wonderful group of people via the Contax G Pages, a mailing list (and later a website) for users of the Contax G-series autofocus rangefinder cameras. These were small, lightweight cameras with superb Zeiss lenses, and I learned a lot about photography by discussing the craft with the other photographers in that group (which numbered over 2,000 at its peak).
So, my friend and I decided that we needed to challenge each other, photographically speaking. Below is a list of proposed photo topics to work on, one for each week of the year (plus a few extra).
How it works
- Each week, take one or more photos of the assigned topic.
- Post the photo to your favorite photo-sharing site (Instagram, Flickr, 500px, etc.) and make sure that it’s publicly-viewable.
- Tweet a link to the photo with the hashtag
#photoprompt. Feel free to add any other
Want to follow along? Just follow the #photoprompt tag on Twitter.
- Shoot from the hip
- Patterns and repetition
- I can’t see them any more
- Did you see that?
- Sky above, earth below
- Epic selfie
- Food and drink
- Fast cars and motion
- Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
- The vault of the heavens
- Architecture and public spaces
- Eww, that’s gross
- Product and function
- Street portraits
- The decisive moment
- Pets and their owners
- Tree and leaf
- Fantastic beasts
- Something wicked
- Night photography
- Something Old