I’m now 90 days, 3 months, or a quarter of 2017 into my self-imposed 2017×365 Photography Challenge. I’ve challenged myself to take at least one photo with the intent of improving my technique.
Why am I doing this?
These 365 days of “intentional” shooting with specific ideas and techniques being practiced should help develop my skills as a photographer and hopefully make my photos more engaging, meaningful, and “professional”. I desire to have my photos be considered more than a casual snapshot. Although I may take many photos on any one day, the photo I post to the blog and to my 2017×365 is what I consider my most interesting or best photo of the day. I’m doing it for me.
How do I expect to improve?
I feel like I am getting better at seeing the photos before they are taken. I want to spend less time fidgeting with the camera settings and spend more time learning the other skills like lighting, color correction, processing the photos in Lightroom, and retouching in Photoshop.
What am I using?
Most of my “good” photos are being taken with a Sony a6000 mirrorless camera, but sometimes I use a GoPro Hero 5 or my iPhone 6. It kind of depends on where I am at the time a good photographic opportunity presents itself.
What are my plans for the next 90 days?
I still have to learn how to use my Color Passport, using lighting, touch-ups in Photoshop, and processing RAW photos in Lightroom. I also plan on contacting people I know to practice some creative portraits. Maybe buy another camera?
Keep your shutter speed up, aperture open, and ISO down.