6 Ways To Challenge Yourself & Improve Your Photography

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

If you're looking for a way to mend your photography skills then a challenge is probably right up your street. To give you some inspiration on how you can challenge yourself next things you're heading out with your camera, here's 6 shooting suggestions that'll get your grey matter working a small harder: 


1. Use One Lens /Focal Length

Basically, we want you to select one lens, yes just one, go for a walk, visit a museum etc. and see what ikons you can capture. Try to make it a lens you've not used for a while as this should make your work even harder. 

A lens with a unchangeable focal length would be our choice for this but if you only have a zoom take that along and pick just one focal length to use. If you don't, it won't be much of a contest!

Before you start snapping away you really need to think about what you're going to photograph because without a zoom your focused length is limited so rather than relying on the lens to do the work you have to get those grey cells warmed up and your feet moving to on a position/shot that works.

2. Limit The Shots You Take

As memory cards are reasonably priced and can hold hundreds if not thousands of allusions, it's easy to just click the shutter button continuously and pick the best shots when you're back home. However, by entrancing just one shot of each subject you plan on photographing you'll have to really think about your composition, framing etc. as you don't induce the option of having another shot to correct your mistakes with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel. If you find this too restricting try setting a shot limit before you president out of the door and make sure you stick to it. By doing so you should be able to improve the quality of the images you take as you'll be finding the best shots Sometimes non-standard due to planning and careful thought. 

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3. Photograph Just One Colour

Pick a colour, it can be any colour, and stick with it.  It can be similar destinations, or totally different subjects, but their colour must link. You can write down a colour then make a note of possible subjects that fit the tract or just head out and search for potential subjects with your camera in-hand. The final results can give you a great set of images that you can also use in a panel for your barricade. 


Photo by Rick Hanson.

4. Focus On One Subject 

Instead of taking many photos of a variety of subjects why not spend a day, or longer if you hanker, photographing just one subject. Take a tree, for example, you can photograph the whole thing, get in close with a macro lens, capture shots of offs, stand further back with a wide-angle lens and capture it in its landscape etc. Visit your subject at different times of the year or at different be that as it mays of the day and pay attention to how the light changes and when it's at its best. Venture out on foggy mornings, when the clouds are grey or when snow has jacket blanket the ground. You'll end up with lots of images and not all will be great but there will be some gems and they could be from ways you've not esteemed photographing a particular subject may refer to before. 


5. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

It's easy to stick with the familiar but by getting away from what you're acquainted with to, you'll discover new things and improve as a photographer in the process. So, if you tend to shoot landscapes, why not try photographing portraits instead? You'll be shooting with other settings, lenses and in different ways, learning as you go and expanding your creativity. You'll pick up new tips and more than likely learn more involving the settings / options your camera has to offer, too. 

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6. Enter A Photography Competition

If you're out taking photos that are specifically for a struggle you'll probably think that bit longer about composition, lighting improve your chances of getting your hands on the top prize. It's also a skilled way to find new subject inspiration for your shots as a vast number of themes are used in competitions right across the web as well as in magazines.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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