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07/08/2007 03:45:02 PM · #1
I have been watching some of the recent threads about photographic themes over a pre-determined period of time. A couple years ago, I did the photo-a-day project for a complete year. It didn't have a theme beyond just making at least one photo per day during the time period. I think the general concept of these projects is good, but I'm beginning to believe that associating the project with a time frame is not the best idea overall. Maybe I'm just misunderstanding the intent...

What is the intended outcome?

When I look at challenge photos, I often find myself asking the same question. "I wonder if the photographer explored some other perspectives and ideas with this subject?"

I think a good 'theme' project would be to pick a single subject and find 10, 20, 30, 40, or even 50 ways to photograph it. The outcome of a project like this would probably be very beneficial to a lot of photographers. It would force you to look at a subject in more detail. The benefit of a project like this would spill over into everyday photography quite nicely I think. It would teach everyone to not stop looking after you have made a few shots.
07/08/2007 03:53:07 PM · #2
I like it. I just wish I had a) more time (12 hour shifts with an hour drive each way really eats up the day) and b) much more discipline to keep a project like this running. Still, awesome idea.
07/08/2007 03:58:13 PM · #3
Its a good idea, when I have taken photo classes both in digital and film, this is always one of the first assignments. The way I had it presented was that you pick an object place it somewhere and you can't move it until you have your 15 shots. Usually leave it somewhere in daylight to try and force yourself to see how light plays with the object during the day.

As for the outcome of the these challenges, I think it just helps people to shoot and PP. Practice helps and whatever you can do to force yourself to get in there and do it I think is the popularity of it all.

I also think one of the better ideas for a side challenge would be a Quality of Light challenge. It leaves the subject open to anything from landscape to portraits but without the use of good light a good shot can fall apart. just my 2 cents.
07/08/2007 04:04:32 PM · #4
Sounds good. Tee it up.

07/08/2007 04:14:12 PM · #5
When I took a photography class once, the instructor had us take a picture of a landmark from the same spot at 4 hour intervals (6am, 10:00, 2:00pm, 6pm) to see how changing light affected the image.

It was good and an illuminating project. (Pun intended - runs for the hills)
07/08/2007 04:14:34 PM · #6
Something like that was done back in November 2005 with a 30 pet challenge. Unfortunately I can't find the post with the search. But pick a topic and go for it.
07/08/2007 04:22:48 PM · #7
i think this is a good idea. For me, entering challenges has been good for getting a general feel for photographing various subjects. But i'm getting tired of shooting things that have no meaning outside the challenge. I've been wanting to get deeper but haven't found a transition step.

Message edited by author 2007-07-08 16:23:15.
07/08/2007 04:44:21 PM · #8
I'm participating in the current 50 day side challenge and even though this is only day 8 I've already found benefit from taking part. Knowing that I need to shoot something every day is positive pressure to actually shoot EVERY DAY...which has not been the norm for me. I have also found myself to be far more aware of my surroundings. A couple of my 50 day shots were of locations/things that I would have normally passed by without noticing simply because I wasn't actively looking for things of interest to shoot. I am also tending to look at the more mundane things that surround me with different eyes. Looking at the work of others doing basically the same thing also reaps volumes by seeing how others look at some of the same mundane things and photograph a completely different view than I had considered.

With life being as insane as it is these days, I feel like I can commit to a 50 day period without major inconvenience. Most people don't have the time to sit down for an entire day and watch the sunlight pass over an object to see the effects, but most everyone can take one picture a day and not be too put out by doing so; even on their busy days.

For what it's worth I like the single subject idea. Once this 50 day challenge is over, it's definitely something I'd consider.

Message edited by author 2007-07-08 16:45:45.
07/08/2007 06:32:39 PM · #9
The pic-a-day side challenges just force you to pick up the camera on a regular basis and I always try to come up with a theme within the theme or a pattern to help spur ideas.

I like Joe's idea about lighting and John's concept of a single subject project - would there not be a timeline, though? How about "10 in 30"?

Has to start next month though. I should be done puking up flowers and doggies by then.
07/08/2007 06:49:44 PM · #10
When we started the Photo a Week project this year, we each picked a theme, which is keeping the projects more focused for each of us. I also (for the most part) used that same theme as I did the latest 30 day Ordinary Objects side challenge. So, if you're doing 30 day's of flowers, it's just a matter of limiting yourself to something you feel you need to work on... shooting from unique angles, using only one lens, choosing one aperture etc. And, like Art said, it's just about picking up the camera on a daily basis.

I think the other benefit of these side challenges is that it gives the participants a chance to see more photos and comment more... and giving the comments is just as helpful as getting them in some cases.
07/08/2007 07:36:42 PM · #11
This was my intention with the 30 floral challenge...to try to get people to "see" flowers in a different way. Many join to just learn and improve technically...some join a challenge just for fun, many like the feedback and commenting. I'm a firm believer that you have to be somewhat sound technically to push the artistic limits...otherwise it's just a crap shoot, but that can be fun too.

What better place to learn than in a community, even if it's within another community. I'm also sure there are many tagging along who are keeping track of these threads but are not up to doing the 30 days.

Anyone can start one of these challenges up...so why don't you?
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