Saturday, December 31, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge!

Through my cousin, I came across this 30 Day Photo Challenge.

To make a long story short, I'm going to do this. And Kyrie's going to do it with me.

A less-abbreviated version of this story is that God told me to be teachable, and then I came across a conversation online about how much blogs need stunning visuals, "eye candy". After some web research, I decided that I will probably eventually need a better camera to take the best possible photos, but for now I really just need to learn how to use the features on the camera I've got. When my cousin posted about the 30-day challenge, I knew that was exactly the kind of thing I needed.

And then Kyrie asked if she could do it with me. And pointed out that if we started today, we would do the last one on her birthday. I was planning to start tomorrow, but I can't resist that logic. And it would be good for her to learn how to take good pictures along with me, I think.

Update: I am adding links to all 30 days, to have them all in one place.

And here is my amateur's How-To for a Camera's Manual Mode that summarizes what I learned.

Day 1: Self-Portrait
Day 2: What You Wore Today
Day 3:Clouds
Day 4: Something Green
Day 5: From a High Angle
Day 6: From a Low Angle
Day 7: Fruit
Day 8: A Bad Habit
Day 9: Someone You Love
Day 10: Childhood Memory
Day 11: Something Blue
Day 12: Sunset
Day 13: Yourself With 13 Things
Day 14: Eyes
Day 15: Silhouette
Day 16: Long Exposure
Day 17: Technology
Day 18: Your Shoes
Day 19: Something Orange
Day 20: Bokeh
Day 21: Faceless Self-Portrait
Day 22: Hands
Day 23: Sunflare
Day 24: Animal
Day 25: Something Pink
Day 26: Close-Up
Day 27: From a Distance
Day 28: Flowers
Day 29: Black & White
Day 30: Self-Portrait


  1. Have fun!! I look forward to seeing the results. I think I will wait to do mine until I am brave enough to try manual mode... not sure when that will be!

  2. I've been trying to experiment with manual mode, without great results so far. But I have run across a couple blogs lately that are written (I think) by professional photographers, and they appear to use those ... I forget the name for them now... on my camera, they are called "scenes", but there's some other name for them usually... like different modes for specific conditions, basically. Anyhow, I figured if the professions use those modes, and not just manual all the time, then that would probably be the best place for me to start. I'd also like to get used to when and how I should be using the A and P modes.