New Year, New Challenge, Same Journey

Happy New Year! After a long break from blogging, I’m back at it with a new challenge for this new year!

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To remind you of where I left off, I started my photography journey after Santa brought me a Nikon D3300 for Christmas 2014. That January I started a 52 week Photography Challenge which, despite a few bumps in the road over the course of 2015, I am proud to say I stuck with it and finished the entire challenge. The learning curve was steep and there was so much to learn! But it was a great way to get started and build a solid foundation of knowledge. In the year since I completed the challenge, I’ve been working on learning editing with Lightroom and Photoshop, and continuing to experiment with new settings, and subjects. The cutest of which has to be my son Benjamin who was born in the new year. So I backed off the blog while I focused on just capturing my life as I lived it. I did keep it around however to continue to document my progress, and to show off my art of course! Feel free to scroll down and see some of what I’ve been up to this past year.

So, now that we’re all caught up, let’s get to why we’re here again. Over the last couple months I’ve been feeling somewhat unchallenged, or perhaps more accurately, unmotivated to look for creative opportunities for new photography. So, as a way to motivate myself out of this plateau I’ve decided to start a new photo challenge. This time I’m going into it a little more experienced, a little more knowledgeable, and hopefully a little more skilled. It’s time to up the ante!

Last time, I used a pre-made photo challenge I found on Pinterest that had a variety of weekly themes. Originally when I decided I needed to do another challenge, I figured I would brainstorm my own 52 week challenge to put a more personal spin on it. However after thinking on it a little more I’ve decided instead to shift gears and do a 365 Challenge instead! That’s a photo for every day of 2017. No other expectations, themes, styles, or ‘inspiration’. Literally just life as I live it, and whatever my camera sees each day. The biggest reason for my shift in challenge style was a point made by a guest blogger in the ‘Clickin Moms’ network. She made the point that a 365 day challenge, on top of generally challenging you to something every day to keep those skills well oiled, can also help you to discover your style. Over the course of the year, and especially near the end as I slideshow through my ‘submissions’, I should be able to identify common themes or elements (such as recurring subjects, types of light, colour etc) that make up my style.  I have a general idea of what my style is, or at least what I most enjoy photographing and editing, but I think this challenge will really help to hone in on it and develop it more purposefully.

With my updated blog layout I’ve included a countdown that should appear near the top left hand side of the screen (for desktop views anyway) to help keep me on track to the end of the year!

The other detail to layout is also editing and posting. While I will be taking photos every day, I know it would be completely unrealistic to think I could also edit and post those photos every day or even every other day! So while simply getting the photos in the camera is the top priority, I will make it a somewhat looser goal to edit and post weekly updates of my challenge and any other special photography learning or taking I’ve been doing!

So welcome back and thanks for coming along on another journey with me!

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