28 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes but of having new eyes." -- Marcel Proust

Welcome!

Taking a photograph is an act of creativity. You are using your vision, your perception of the world to frame a small slice of it in an image. The question is whether you do this with careful attention or careless inattention.

Watch this 1 minute classic video on attention.

How did you do? This video was shocking to me, the way that my narrating mind could dismiss what was right in front of me if my mind decided it wasn't important. When practicing photography, we want to be open to the world of possibility that surrounds us. You can't photograph what you don't see.

By the end of this challenge, it will be second nature for you to be attentive and intentional in taking photographs!

Photography Challenge Goals

  • It will encourage you to “see with new eyes”, to be fully present and really notice the world around you,
  • It will encourage you to follow your curiosity and to create images that reflect your unique vision and perspective.
  • It will provide you with popular tools of composition that you can use to shape your photography.
  • NOTE: This challenge is ideal for your camera phone. It’s not about technical camera skills, it’s about nurturing your vision and creativity.

    How the challenge WORKS

    1. Sign up below (scroll down)

    2. Watch the video below on "How to Take a Mindful Photowalk".

    3. Every day starting Monday January 3rd, you will receive an email with the day’s reflection and challenge.

    4. Once you have taken a photograph that meets the challenge, you can post it on:

  • The brand new Facebook group I’ve created, Take Better Pictures Now. Click here to join.
  • On Instagram with the hashtag #mindfulphotochallenge so we can all find the images that are shared. Please tag me too @goodhartphotography so I don’t miss your images!
  • When you post an image, please comment on 2 or 3 other images to help spark conversation and engagement!
  • CHALLENGE TIPS

  • Keep it simple, your phone is perfect
  • Leave judgment at the door
  • Jump back in if you miss a day or two or three! Participate when you can. Participating for 20 days is way better than participating for zero days.
  • Have fun and experiment!
  • Sign Up Below for Daily Challenge Prompts!

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    How to Take a Photowalk

    The photowalk is the backbone of this challenge. It doesn't have to be particularly long -- just 5 minutes will do -- but your photowalk will ideally be mindful and intentional. When your mind is clear and present and you are following your curiosity -- that's when the magic happens in your photography!

    A mindful photowalk has five elements:

    1. Presence

    2. Observation

    3. Curiosity

    4. Experimentation

    5. Reflection

    Watch the video to learn more!

    The Commonplace. Photograph something ordinary and commonplace in your life. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day One

    Worm's Eye View. Photograph your subject using a low perspective, or a worm's eye view. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Two

    A Grace Note. Photograph something that gives your spirit a little spark of joy. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Three

    Bird's Eye View. Photograph something from an elevated vantage point. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Four

    Solitude. Take an image that represents the idea of solitude. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Five

    Framing. Use framing to highlight and draw attention to your subject. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Six

    Hygge. Take an image that represents the idea of hygge. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Seven

    Rule of Thirds. Photograph your subject using the rule of thirds to position your subject in the photograph. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Eight

    Shadows. Use shadows in your photograph. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Nine

    Texture. Include texture in your photograph, either as the subject or as an element of composition. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Ten

    Day Eleven

    Wabi-sabi. Photograph something imperfect, flawed, or incomplete in a way that shows its beauty. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Symmetry. Explore symmetry in your photography composition. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Twelve

    Negative Space. Photograph a subject using negative space to draw attention to your subject. Read more about today's challenge here.

    Day Thirteen