As you may know, last year I did a photography Project 365, where I posted a photo a day. It was such a fun project, and it reminded me to see the beauty that is all around us every day. I love it.
This year, to change it up a bit, I decided to do something a little bit different. Instead of just the posting the best photo I take every day, I decided to do a series of seven photos each week. Each series will be centered around an idea or a photographic technique or a subject.
The reason I did this was because I thought it would force me to stretch. It would give me more options and offer a different kind of challenge. I wanted to get better at photography.
I’ve only done two series of seven so far, and it’s a different kind of animal. Unfortunately, so far, I feel like the quality of what I post has decreased a little. I often take the series of seven in one sitting, but the problem is I don’t come up with as many great photos as I do when I take them day to day as I did last year. So I need to push myself to continue to take more and better photos so the ones I do post are exponentially better.
Also, there’s how I take photos. Like I said, I tend to take the Sevens in one sitting. Logistically, it’s easier. But then I haven’t been taking photos of great things as I come across them, and so I’m missing photos. But if I do take them, what kind of variable are there? Which group will they belong to? I think the best approach is to take a series when I think of it but also to take the individual ones and see what groupings show up. Make is organic.
And another thing I want to do is to get better at Photoshop and also to use it more creatively. So some of what I’m going to do this year should be a little more wild. Last year, I went for strictly realism (though it was the realism of my perception, not strictly what the camera captured). This year, I want to flex my artistic muscles and see what I can come up. I should learn some new techniques and up my skill level.
The first photo I’ve pushed myself on is the one posted above of the moon. I played with aperture and shutter speed to achieve this photo. I have taken a course on it, but it didn’t sink in quite well enough, so the above photo was strictly trial and error. But if I keep at it, it’ll get better.
And the one I post today, if it turns out, is going to be the start of a real departure. Wish me luck!