We sometimes set photography aside instead of including it into our daily lives and it might slowly become something you have to do. If you haven’t seen the 30 Day Photography Challenge or these 27 Engaging Photography Challenges, check them out.
With these assignments you’ll embark on a transformative adventure that will challenge your knowledge, ignite your creativity, and reshape the way you perceive and capture images.
In these 11 photography challenges you will explore new techniques, experiment with composition, and uncover narratives within your surroundings. Remember that the true essence of photography lies not only in capturing moments but also in weaving compelling stories through your images.
So, let’s elevate your photography, challenge your knowledge, and transform the way you perceive the world around you.
1. Something invisible
In the realm of photography, there is this expectation in capturing something that is visible.
This assignment invites you to look into the elusive, and the hidden aspects of our world.
It can be anything you decide.
How would you capture an emotion? A smell ? or warmth ?
2. Create a portrait based on something you saw on the news
Find any newspaper, it can be a recent one or one that’s happened long time ago.
Find a newsarticle that has reportage images in it and choose to recreate one, preferrably a portrait. Make it so that the image and the message still remains the same, but you can bring something of your own to it.
Inspect the image to find out where was the location and whether you can find something similar in your area. Who was this person and what were they wearing; create as ideantical image as you can.
3. Book as an idea and an object
Find a book.
What is the theme in the book ?
Create an image of the book:
Capture an image that embodies the essence of the book’s theme, whether it be a children’s book or a crime book. Let your imagination soar as you craft a visual masterpiece where the book takes center stage. Create an interesting photograph where the book is both the theme and the object.
4. Tell me a story
Have a conversation with someone and let them tell you a story. Ask about details and really paint the picture of what happened.
Create an image based on the story.
Visualize their experience and ask them whether the image portrays what they were telling you.
5. A to Z
Pick a letter from the alphabet.
Now look for that letter in shapes and compositions in your surroundings.
You can decide to start from A and moving on to Z, or then go out and create them all at once.
This assignment will challenge tyou to look at things in a different way, to see se invisible.
6. Hands tell the story
Whoever you encounter during your days, ask to phootograph their hands. Hands tell such a story, and are a reflection of their character. Photograph young hands and older hands, let them create a pose with their hands.
You have 2 hrs.
What do you find meaningful in your life?
Do not limit yourself with any specific number, or think it needs to be an object – look out for spaces and people you find meaningful.
8. Daily practice
We usually like to take time to do these assignments, but instead, this assignment is something you can do daily without any preparation. You just photograph whenever you even think about photographing. Whenever you remember about this assignment, you take a photograph.
What it is that is around you at that time, capture it. Do not think about it more than you need to.
This will challenge you to not always think with logic about your subjects. Sometimes you just need to capture that which you see.
Photograph something that reflects discomfort. Maybe it is something you see someone else is experiencing, or maybe you feel discomfort in a situation.
Think about how can you visualize something that is not clearly visible.
10. Photograph someone doing something to someone else
A mother brushing her daughters hair.
A fruit vendor selling their fruit to a customer.
Every day, we witness people performing acts towards others. Go out and look for these small events trying to capture the moment between the two of them.
11. Photograph who you are
This might seem like an easy assignment to create, because we are the main subject.
Are you a reflection of your profession?
Are you a great friend or a spouse ?
Or are you someone who likes reading books / going for walks / swimming?
Look within yourself to find who you are and how you can capture it in a photograph.