Summer has officially arrived and like most of you, my camera will be in my hand a majority of the time this summer. In addition to capturing our family moments, I will be working on several personal summer photography projects to help hone my skills and challenge me. Whether your battling extreme heat, a cramped car ride with the kids or in need of some serious inspiration, these ideas are sure to help get you started and challenge you along the way!
So if you’re in need of a few ideas to get yourself started to check out my list below!
Create a summer photography bucket list
Is there a location or event you’ve always wanted to photograph but you haven’t had the opportunity? Create a photography bucket list and challenge yourself this summer. I would suggest thinking of at least 30 things you’ve always wanted to photograph, it doesn’t matter what. I’m sure this list will take some time, but be thoughtful and careful in creating your list. You want to make sure it’s something that can be carried out.
The featured image above was from a summer bucket list I created in 2013. It had always been my dream to photograph a bride on a boat. Lucky me when I received the opportunity to not only photograph a bride on a boat but the boat from “The Notebook”. We headed to Cypress Gardens in Charleston, let’s just say the entire thing was magical!
Working with medium format this summer, I intend to practice double exposure’s a lot more. This is truly an art form when done correctly. Visit my Pinterest board for inspiration. I certainly look forward to creating gorgeous artwork this summer!
Learn your camera in the dark
Learning your camera is very important. During a busy wedding day, you can’t spend too much time trying to figure out your camera settings. It’s too fast pace to slow down (especially when photographing a ceremony). Learn your camera settings!! Spending time with your camera is important, take your equipment into a dark room and practice changing your camera settings in the dark. Once your able to do this, you will see a vast improvement in your photography. Having the ability to judge lighting situations and changing your settings without having to stop and look will keep you more focused on the task at hand, allowing you to create beautiful seamless shots.
Macro Photography/Fisheye Photography
Good old macro. If you’ve never ventured into the world of macro photography, you should certainly give it a try. Getting up close and personal in a variety of situations this summer is a great way to keep you on your toes while allowing you to view the world at a much different perspective. Don’t have a macro lens, give fisheye a try instead.
This is where the challenge comes in: themes. If you’re up to the task, challenge yourself with a single theme every week for the summer. Beginning next week, I will be shooting one theme a week on a roll of film. I will be incorporating macro, fisheye, and double exposure into each them as well to challenge myself even more.
A single trip to the store with the kids or an afternoon in the park with your dog. Whatever you can think of do it!! If you need a little help, how about joining me this summer? Every week I’ll be completing a brand new challenge and sharing on my instagram pages nicolecaudle and peppymrscaudle
Summer Photo Weekly Challenge
I have listed each weekly theme below. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to view all of my work throughout the summer.
May 28th-June 3rd Personality
June 4th-June 10th Out of Focus
June 11th-June 17th Framed
June 18th-June 24th Temptation
June 25th-July 1st Hot
July 2nd-July 8th Freedom
July 9th-July 15th The View From Here
July 16th-July 22nd Illumination
July 23rd-July 29th Cold
July 30th-August 5th Running Water
August 6th- August 12th Your Work
August 13th-August 19th Architecture
August 20th-August 26th Wellness
Remember, if you can try to incorporate different techniques into your work while completing the challenge. Use the hashtag #summer17pp to let me know you’re participating!