Looking to keep your creative juices flowing? Why not do a photography project with a friend. (The more friends the merrier, actually!) You and your photography-loving buddies can pick a project and share your work with each other, compete against each other, or just accumulate a huge compilation of images and make a fun photo book. The sky is the limit here, friends. To get you started, here are a few projects that I think may get you and you camera going! Don’t forget, sharing is caring. I’d love to see your work!
Project 1: ABC Project
Pick a theme and go out and find something to photograph that represents each letter. In the past, I did that for Christmas. It’s a lot of fun talking about which letters you and your friend(s) are having trouble finding. (Oh how tricky letters like “q”, “x”, and “z” can be in this project!) Depending on how you want to do it, you can get pretty competitive with this. Still, it gets you looking at things you wouldn’t normally look at for photography. Great for creativity and practice!Selfie Saturdays
Project 2: Selfie Saturdays
Don’t underestimate the possibilities of a selfie. Sure you can hold your camera phone out in front of you and snap away. However, this is an opportunity to really get creative with your self-portraits! Try things that you never tried before. The beauty of selfies is that you don’t have to explain any weird poses to any other subject, nor do you have to worry about wasting anyone else’s time while you experiment with your shots!
Project 3: Photo Scavenger Hunt
This works great if you and friends are going on a trip, or just everyday life. You and your friends can compile a list of things you want to search for and then go to town! See how many things you can shoot before a set number of days, or see who is first to fine all of the items. Get creative with your list!
Project 4: Photo Shoot Fridays
Offer to photograph a friend or a family each Friday for a month. This doesn’t just provide a perfect opportunity to practice your photography, but it’s also doing a service for someone else. As you share your work with your friend(s), also share tips from your photo shoots.
Project 5: A Month in Time
Pick a specific time in the day, or time of day, and photograph what you’re doing at that time, every day for a month. Maybe you want to pick 2:30pm. Then every day at 2:30pm, you stop what you’re doing and take a picture of what’s going on at the moment. Or, you pick mornings. So every day for a month, you take a picture of something you’re doing each morning.
31 Days Project
This is an abbreviated version of Project 365. Every day for a month, you take a picture of something. Anything! (Ideally something that you’d want to remember, however.) At the end of the project, you can look back at your month in photos! To keep each other going, share photos with each other on your social media platform of your choice.
As a photographer, I regularly use software like Photoshop to edit my photos. I can remove pesky blemishes, hide gray hairs, and even make a person looks slimmer. However, while powerful software like Photoshop can do amazing things to photos, I want to remind people that so much of what you see in print isn’t just slightly doctored–sometimes it’s downright fake. While the act of extreme editing isn’t in and of itself bad. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with perfecting your image for your own personal use, right? It is, however, dangerous when it’s done so rampantly and in so many media that the fictitious images become regarded as the “norm” which then propagates emulation. No bueno.
What You See Isn’t What You Get: Model Before and After
I love this video because it shows how even the model didn’t look like the final product of the image. In fairness, this video was created to aid in effort to make people aware that the image was seriously transformed.
Am I anti-editing? Absolutely not! I just came across this video and I wanted to share it since the beginning of the year means LOTS of resolutions about losing weight and getting fit. There’s being healthy and then there’s striving for unattainable goals. Be careful, lovlies. More importantly, love you’re body as is while you’re on your journey to what you want it to become. Especially if you never reach how you think it should look. Kudos to Verily Magazine for being responsible with their ads. =)
I love that Dove has taken a stance on the issue beauty and is actively publicizing their message. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has seen their “Real Beauty” campaign. It’s refreshing to not only see women of different sizes represented, but to also see the word “beauty” juxtaposed the image. Progress. (My only complaint is that there are plenty of naturally thin women out there. I do wish there were thin ladies in the picture, also. Still, I see what they did there.) Dove also came up with this ad to show how self-critical we can be of ourselves.
This is the time of year that lots of people create New Year’s resolutions (or at least goals of some sort), myself included. As a photographer, I feel like I’m in an industry that can promote confidence or self-hatred. However, I’m a big believer in the idea that people should love the skin their in–be in whatever state it’s in at the moment.
Basically, be yourself, love that self, and strive for your best. What more could you want? =) Have a wonderful 2014, everyone!
While cleaning out my cellphone photos, I found these little gems…
Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to my crazy,crazy dog, Chloe. Prior to getting her as a puppy I read something that said cocker spaniels have two speeds: fast and asleep. Very true. So very true. However, my sweet little cutie pie is completely worth it–especially when I look over and see her in some silly position. I’d love to post more, but (surprise, surprise) a lot of the pictures I’ve attempted to take of her came out blurry. Speedy little ball of fur!
Don’t you just want to rub her little belly? Yikes, sorry. I’m definitely one of “those” people when it comes to dogs! No apologies for it though! =D
Every now and then I remember that my smartphone is super powerful and capable of doing amazing things. It’s during these little a-ha moments when I’m usually in the Google Play store, marveling at all of my options. I’m like a kid in a candy store on a shopping spree! SO… here’s what I’m obsessed with today. (In no particular order.)…
Who wouldn’t want a photo booth on their phone?! The camera is automocially the front-facing camera (at least for the Samsung Galaxy S4) and the images are in B&W. The only slight negative part is the quickness of each picture. There also isn’t a countdown or anything so you have to move quickly and be ready, fast!
Oh boy, Pinterest. Pinterest is like a rabbit hole for me. I go in with a little curiosity and end up spending over an hour in there, with a bazillion tabs open in Chrome. Luckily, I can’t really do that on my phone. (Well, at least not that I’m aware of anyway.) Still, it’s easy to get carried away, even in the mobile version. I can still pin and I can still search. What a happy camper I am! Fun way to spend some idle time, also. =)
I know a lot of people love Evernote, but for some reason, it just doesn’t do it for me. I have it on my phone, but I rarely ever use it. Diaro, however, meets my needs. While it’s a diary app, I like that I can use it for whatever I want while also keeping it private. That was important to me. I use it keep track of ideas, plans, important things in life, etc. I have a terribly memory so I wanted something that I could have on my phone that was easy to use for recall. This obviously works well as a general personal diary, also.
4. Hardest Game Ever 2
The addictive quality of this game is just insane. It is seemingly simple, yet each level usually has me yelling at my phone. =) Each game is very quick, but you have to complete the task in order to unlock the next task. The objectives are fast-paced and sometimes very silly. You’d be surprised at how tense you can get while playing. I would advise playing when you have a lot of time on your hands though, because the time will fly!
5. Zombies, Run!
Let me start out by saying this: I hate running. Hate it! However, I always see things I hate as an opportunity to embrace it in some way. A few years ago I channeled my I-hate-running feelings into training for a half-marathon. My goal is just to finish the race and not give up along the course. Did I finish? Yes, I did! Proudest medal I’ve earned to date, too, by the way! Did it change my attitude for running? Absolutely! It never quite turned into a love for running, and I definitely didn’t hate it, and I enjoyed seeing how far I could go. After the race, got injured, and I had to stop running. Trying to get back into the groove of things, I found the Zombies, Run app. Love it. There is a story line and definite incentive to keep going. I can listen to music while running and as things happen during my run, the notifications will interrupt my music. So fun. =)