New Photography Challenges

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Thanks to memory cards we can shoot many many pictures – and we do! I often speak to people who complain of not having the time to go through their images and are put off by the thought of having to trawl through thousands of images.

Back in the day (I’m going to sound old here) you had a 24 or 36 exposure film and you used it more sparingly. Now of course digital is so much better, you can take more photographs and then choose the best. However, we may have been a bit more focused in film days of getting the picture right.

So maybe we should take less photographs, spending a bit more time looking for the angle and view that we want rather than just clicking a few off in the same position.

The other thing that could really help our focus on photography is having a project to work on.


Sunset over Loch Lomond, taken from the Drymen Viewpoint


On my Photography Training courses I always encourage participants to commit themselves to a project. The idea is as simple as picking a theme and a period of time, maybe a month or even a year. The end result should be a series of creative images that all sit together, whilst having their own uniqueness. Imagine you have just been commissioned to shoot for an exhibition and you’ve got say three months to produce the results.

This is a lot of fun and pushes the creative boundaries as I will explain.

First though you will need a theme.



Here are some ideas which may inspire other thoughts:

– Sunrises or sunsets

– A plant in your garden (changing through the year)

– The view from one of the windows of your home

– The High Street in a town, village or city

– A public park

– Graffiti

– Signs

– Water

– People working

You get the idea, although I’ve only scratched the surface. Some of them are very narrow in range like a plant, others are much wider such as water all though are open for us as much interpretation as your creativity will allow. Maybe these images will give you some ideas.



Once you have decided on your theme here are some thoughts on how to make the project a success which in turn will help improve your photography.

1. Really think about your theme, look beyond the obvious. Stretch the range of the theme and push yourself to be creative in determining the subject(s) to capture within the theme.

2. Look for different angles, also see how the light changes and varies throughout the day. Sometimes the most obvious view with lots of light will not be the best you can capture. Experiment with positions and times of day.

3. Don’t give up, keep at it see the project through. Work hard to build the number of quality images taken using that theme.

4. Be ruthless though, at the final stage aim to whittle down to just 20 final images, these will be the best of the best. Look critically at the results, by reducing them down to 20 it will help you decide on what makes a great photograph.

5. Celebrate your success at the end, print the pictures make them big, perhaps even frame them and then host your own exhibition, invite your friends!

I would love to know how you get on, what your project is and of course see the results. Please get in touch and say hi or leave a comment below. Also come and join me on a Photography Training Courses in  Loch Lomond. You may also like my blog on camera equipment called Take Better Photographs: Which Camera Should I Buy?

About Me:

I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. See more at my website – or call me on 01360 661029.

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