Creativity Exercise : 30 Day Photo Challenge

Creativity Exercise : 30 Day Photo Challenge

It’s a new month! Which means we get a brand new creativity exercise! Are you ready to get inspired and take pictures? I am. I loved last month’s exercise. If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check it out. Also, you can subscribe so that you don’t miss another one.

So, April is the perfect month (I may be a little biased since I was born in April … ) to do a 30 day photo challenge! April only has 30 days! If you are just joining in on these creativity exercises, don’t worry! You don’t have to start in April or even in the beginning of a month. Just start it! Download the document, print it out, hang it on your wall, follow the prompts, and share! These exercises are meant to get your creative juices flowing. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Aly Dawn Photography Creativity Exercise : 30 Day Photo Challenge

the challenge

This challenge is all about thinking. You can either follow the prompts that I have given, make your own prompt, or just take a picture a day this month! Up to you. There aren’t really any rules here. It’s pretty open to your interpretation.

the prompts

If you decide to follow the prompts, don’t let them drag you down! They don’t have to be perfect. The point of this exercise is to take 30 different photos. If one of the prompts are getting in the way of you taking a picture that day, then take a picture of whatever you want. The idea is to walk away with 30 photos by the end of the month.

I did throw in a couple of self portraits. Get creative with these. Find ways to push past the typical ‘selfie’. Set up a tripod. Include the environment. Do something in them. Don’t look at the camera. Self portraits can be tricky, but with these tips, you should be able to conquer them easily!

how to push through

If you’ve ever tried to do a 365, you know how hard it can be. Taking a picture everyday is difficult. But it does push you and help you grow. Here are some ways to stay motivated and push through this exercise.

  • don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day – no seriously, don’t. It’ll only make you feel worse. Instead, take 2 images the next day. You’ve got this.
  • Read the prompt the night before – this’ll help you think of how you can get the image you want the next day. It’s totally OK to stage an image!
  • Don’t let the prompts bring you down – if a prompt is too hard, take an image of whatever you want!
  • Keep your camera in a place where you’ll see it. I keep mine in the middle of my living room so that it’s easy to grab!
  • Take your camera when you go out – you never know, you just might see something that’s perfect for that days prompt!
  • Have fun – this is the most important. Don’t stress over it like it’s a chore. This is supposed to be fun!

When all is said and done, make sure you put your images all together (in a grid, a calendar, etc.) so that you can see all the fun you had. Share your 30 day photo challenge with everyone! On Instagram, Facebook, you could even print it out! If you complete this photo challenge, please, show me below!

I’m currently working on mine (since it’s still April) and once I am done with it, I will come back to update this blog post to include the images I took with the prompts! See you at the end of the month. 🙂

March’s Exercise : 30 Photos in 30 Minutes

Creativity Exercise: 30 Photos in 30 Minutes

Creativity Exercise: 30 Photos in 30 Minutes

If you are new to my blog, welcome! Starting in March I will be posting a creativity exercise every month! So if you like getting inspired, come back on the first Sunday of every month for a creativity exercise. These exercises are meant to push your creativity to the max. Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Do you feel like there’s something you need to work on? These creativity exercises will definitely push you and make you think.

One thing I absolutely love about photography is how there is always something new to learn. It doesn’t matter how advanced you are in your photography journey, doing a creativity exercise every month will challenge you and improve your photography. And I’m going to do it with you! The reason I decided to do this exercise as our first challenge is because I LOVE photo walks. And I also love trying to get 30 different images. It’s harder than you might think!

Each person sees the world differently. If you had two photographers go on the same walk at the same time, their 30 images would be completely different. So, are you ready to dive into this challenge? I’m excited to see what you have produced!

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Aly Dawn Photography Creativity Exercise: 30 photos in 30 minutes

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the challenge

This one is super simple. All I want you to do is go to a outdoor location, take a walk, and get 30 photos in 30 minutes. Pretty great, right?

I went on a walk on a beautiful day, with lots of sun, around golden hour. You could challenge yourself further and choose a harder time to go. Like mid sunny day, or a rainy day. Challenge yourself and have fun!

choosing a location

Any outdoor location will work, really. The beach, a garden, your neighborhood, your driveway, a park, etc. It doesn’t have to be some grand location, though. The only ‘rule’ is that you want to stay in that one location for all 30 photos! The idea is that you push yourself to get 30 different photos in this location.

Have you been passing by a place you’d love to shoot? Go there! Or you can push yourself further and photograph a place you shoot often. There are so many options for picking your location.

the photographs

You are trying to take 30 unique photos in 30 minutes. Getting unique photos is challenging enough, let alone in 30 minutes in one location!

Each photo needs to be unique, but it doesn’t need to be of different subjects. Choosing to shoot the same subject in different ways is all part of this challenge.

The photos don’t have to be your best work, they just have to push you creatively. In theory, this exercise will help you in getting unique photographs in one location. For example, if you are shooting a senior session, you now have the skill to take 5 different shots of the same subject in the same location. 5 unique shots before you have to move on from that pose or location. That’s a very handy skill to have.

the time

30 minutes, guys. That’s it. Set a timer. This is all part of the challenge! It’s OK if you go over your time, but having a goal of 30 minutes is a good idea. I’m pretty sure I went over my time limit by like 10 minutes. And that’s OK!

how to push through

Are you feeling a little stuck? Try these things out to push through the exercise. You’ll thank me later. Try taking pictures…

  • From a different angle. Stand up on your tip toes, shoot down. Lay down on your belly and shoot up.
  • Using different composition. Try using framing!
  • Of textures
  • Using a different aperture. Take one of the same subject at wide open, then stop down. Which one do you like better?
  • Of people – portraits are definitely allowed!
  • Using the available light differently (from above, the side, backlighting, etc).
  • Of moving subjects – freeze them or show the motion.

There is a limit on your time and location, but your options are limitless to what you can shoot!

Aly Dawn Photography Creativity Exercise: 30 photos in 30 minutes

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours

I did this exercise a couple of days ago! I found it so therapeutic. I did it the day I found out my grandfather died and I was needing a way to cope with it. Photography definitely did that for me.

Although I loved this exercise, I did find it challenging! My walk was filled with a lot of dead stuff. Like, a lot of dead stuff. It’s just starting to warm up here, so no signs of spring yet. I liked the challenge, though. I think it definitely pushed me creatively.

I was really trying to not ONLY photography my husband or son. I couldn’t resist some of them, though. I mean, look at that light! I was in heaven. But I was really worried I wouldn’t get 30 images! I managed to do it, though.

Here’s my 30 images in 30 minutes!! All images taken with my Nikon D610 and my beautiful Sigma 24mm 1.4 – definitely my go to lens.

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Be sure to #alydawnphoto and #alydawn_creativity on Instagram so that we can all stay connected! I know it’s a bit hard to share 30 images on IG, but you could share your top 10! I’d love to see them! What did you find hard about this challenge? What held you back? Can’t wait to see everyone’s images this month.

Catch me next month for the next creativity exercise! I’m so excited to be doing these with you.

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