About a year ago I got a fancy-pants SLR camera. It’s big and black and shiny and beautiful, I am still crushing on it. There’s just a few teensy little problems: 1) It has a LOT of buttons. A lot. 2) I am afraid of the buttons. Well, not all of them, but a lot of them.
I have taken a few classes to learn some of the bells and whistles of my camera, and I try to stay away from the automatic setting as much as possible. This leads to a bit of frustration, a lot of blurry, badly lit photos, and sometimes I go weeks without picking up my camera again. Obviously, this cycle does not help learn what to do with all those scary buttons.
So, I decided to start a little project of weekly photography assignments. I know that traditionally this kind of project starts in January, but it’s not January anymore and I don’t want to wait another 10 months to begin to conquer the fear of the scary buttons.
So, I looked at a couple of similar challenges, picked the bits and pieces that I liked, and made up my own list of assignments in the format of inspiration words. Because I’m a bit on the nerdy side, my list is organized by month and has due dates every Friday to post my progress. At the end of the year I may just give myself a report card.
My first assignment is due next Friday, March 3. The assignment inspiration is “Abandoned.” I have all sorts of ideas about empty buildings or warehouses or…something. Clearly, I’m new at this. A few of the assignments are specifically technical, but most are broad enough to leave a lot open to interpretation. I’m really quite excited. If you’d like to play along join the Flickr group and upload your photos every Friday starting next week. You can download the entire challenge schedule right here:
**Yep, I absolutely populated this post with some of my favorite pics I’ve taken over the last year or so. Think of it as inspiration…inspiration without an assignment. That’s probably the best way to start, right? Let’s hope so.
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