We use this 52 Week Photography Challenge to inspire beginner to experienced photographers to get out and take pictures!
Learning about, understanding and using the basic photography techniques when you take photos is so important.
And the best way to improve your skills? Practice. Practice. And more practice!
Below you’ll find the list of 52 challenges to work on each week of the year. Each challenge will have a link to an article explaining the photography topic or concept.
You can download the list for free at the end of this article!
Why Weekly Photo Challenges?
We started doing Weekly Challenges in our Free Facebook group: Your Photography Journey. (We’re now on year four!)
Each week the challenge encourages photographers to get out and take pictures of a specific subject or use a composition technique. You take photos during the week then share them in the Facebook group where other people doing the same challenge can view them and comment on them.
We encourage the group to do these two things:
- View the Weekly Challenges as a good way to push yourself to take photos and try new things. This is not a competition with others, but a means to improve your skills.
- Set a goal to take NEW PHOTOS for each challenge. Again, the challenges are meant to get you out taking pictures!
What People Like About Weekly Photo Challenges
We asked our Facebook group members what they like about the concept of weekly photo challenges. Here’s what they said:
DOWNLOAD the 52 Week Challenges List!
52 Week Photography Challenge List
Week 1: HORIZON LINE
Week 2: RULE OF THIRDS
Week 3: FOREGROUND, MIDGROUND & BACKGROUND
Week 4: FILL THE FRAME
Week 5: LEADING LINES
Week 6: PERSPECTIVE
Week 7: SUNRISE
Week 8: SUNSET
Week 9: BLUE HOUR & GOLDEN HOUR
Week 10: BOKEH
Week 11: WIDE ANGLE & PANORAMA
Week 12: PART OF THE WHOLE
Week 13: FRAMING
Week 14: PATTERNS
Week 15: RULE OF ODDS
Week 16: NEGATIVE SPACE
Week 17: REFLECTIONS
Week 18: SCALE
Week 19: MOVEMENT
Week 20: LONG EXPOSURE & MOTION BLUR
Week 21: HORIZONTAL / LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION
Week 22: VERTICAL / PORTRAIT ORIENTATION
Week 23: LANDSCAPES
Week 24: STRUCTURES AND INANIMATE OBJECTS
Week 25: PEOPLE
Week 26: POINT OF VIEW
Week 27: NATURAL LIGHT
Week 28: SHADOWS
Week 29: SILHOUETTE
Week 30: LINES
Week 31: CURVES
Week 32: MACRO / GET CLOSE
Week 33: CENTERED
Week 34: SKY
Week 35: NIGHT
Week 36: WEATHER
Week 37: SEASONS
Week 38: WATERFALLS AND RIVERS
Week 39: WILDLIFE AND PETS
Week 40: EYES
Week 41: TREES
Week 42: LAYERS
Week 43: SUNBURST
Week 44: COLOR
Week 45: BLACK AND WHITE
Week 46: MOOD
Week 47: CONTRAST
Week 48: ABSTRACT
Week 49: SUBJECT
Week 50: SHAPE
Week 51: MINIMALISM
Week 52: TELL A STORY
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Tips to Improve Your Photography
In order to find out what type of photography you truly love, you must capture images of many things: people, landscape, architecture, food, dogs, cats, birds, rivers, waterfalls….
Set a goal to find those things you LOVE to PHOTOGRAPH!
The best way to learn photography and improve your skills – shoot, shoot and shoot some more!
You can read and watch tutorials, but until you put the information you have accumulated into motion, you aren’t going to learn a thing!
- Photography Composition Ideas Video Series
- Lightroom Tips Video Series
- Online Beginner Photography Courses
- 52 Week Photography Challenge List
- Digital Photography School Courses & EBooks
Photography should be FUN! If you are photographing the things you LOVE, it will be!
Camera Gear for Landscape Photography
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- Camera: check out the compact travel cameras we recommend!
- Tripod: take a look at these compact and lightweight travel tripods!
- Camera Bag: protect your camera from sand and water → We use Lowepro camera backpacks for outdoor photography.
- Neutral density filter: to compensate for variance of light you’ll need to use a neutral density filter. → Check out the Kase magnetic filters we use!
- Camera cleaning kit: remove dust or water that WILL get on your lens. NOTE: this is not for cleaning the sensor.
- Memory cards: purchase name brand memory cards since you’re trusting your images to the card! → We use Lexar and Sandisk!
- External hard drive: copy photos to a portable external hard drive ‘just in case’.
- Headlamp: use when taking sunrise and sunset photos!