5 Photography Projects To Try This Year

filmIt’s no secret that I took a LOT of photos last year. 2016 was a pretty busy year for me and I filled my computer with thousands of shots ranging from San Francisco’s city life to wild animals in Wyoming (see my bear photos here!). Something I did not do, though, was focus on a specific photography project.

I mean, I guess you could say that getting shots for each blog post is a project in and of itself. So I certainly did do that. However, I did not do any themed projects. But I want to! So this year I am going to try out the following five photography projects – and I encourage you to do the same!

1. Monochrome Project.

As much as I love vibrant colors, I have always adored black and white photographs as well. There is just something so dramatic and beautiful about them. For the Monochrome Project, every photo you take is shot with the intention of turning it into a black and white afterwards. Since all color is gone, visual elements are much more important. So on top of giving yourself a beautiful collection of photos, this project will also help you become better trained in recognizing different textures, shapes, and tones.

This is probably the project I am most excited to do! Though I have done a large amount of black and white photographs myself, I have never set out to do an entire shoot with making them monochrome in mind. So this should be fun!

2. Day In The Life Project.

For the Day In The Life Project, your goal is to take 16 photos (or more) throughout your day. There should be at least one picture per hour that you are awake and it should be documenting your different daily activities. You may think that your daily activities are too boring to document, but this project just might end up helping you find something beautiful from each hour that you did not notice before! Or you could, of course, simply do this project on a weekend.

pictures3. Self Portrait Project.

If you’re following me on my instagram, you might have noticed that I’m not one for selfies. I just cannot for the life of me bring myself to smile at the phone. Makes me feel SO awkward haha. But I do think a self portrait project would be a fun and creative endeavor. So this summer I plan on putting my tripod and camera remote to good use! I might even combine this project with the “day in the life” one and capture photos of me in each stage of my photography and blogging work. We’ll see. ????

4. Film Limitations Project.

Remember how in my last post I talked about how much I miss shooting film? Well, the Film Limitations Project is the perfect one for me to try then! This project forces you to really study your surrounding before clicking the shutter button, making you much more conscious about the shots you are getting like in the “golden olden days.” When doing this one, you pretend like you are shooting with a roll of film and only have 24 shots. Or 48 if you want to pretend like you have two rolls 😉

5. The 52 Project.

With the 52 Project, you choose a favorite photo from each week of the year and then put them all into a photo album the following January. The photos could be of anything you did that week, or you could make this project even more interesting by assigning a theme to it. For instance, you could take weekly sunset photos, shoot creative photos of your pet each week, or even choose a specific color to get a photo of  weekly. The choices are endless!

photographyWhat do you think? Would you try any of these projects? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

5 Photography Projects To Try This Year

filmIt’s no secret that I took a LOT of photos last year. 2016 was a pretty busy year for me and I filled my computer with thousands of shots ranging from San Francisco’s city life to wild animals in Wyoming (see my bear photos here!). Something I did not do, though, was focus on a specific photography project.

I mean, I guess you could say that getting shots for each blog post is a project in and of itself. So I certainly did do that. However, I did not do any themed projects. But I want to! So this year I am going to try out the following five photography projects – and I encourage you to do the same!

1. Monochrome Project.

As much as I love vibrant colors, I have always adored black and white photographs as well. There is just something so dramatic and beautiful about them. For the Monochrome Project, every photo you take is shot with the intention of turning it into a black and white afterwards. Since all color is gone, visual elements are much more important. So on top of giving yourself a beautiful collection of photos, this project will also help you become better trained in recognizing different textures, shapes, and tones.

This is probably the project I am most excited to do! Though I have done a large amount of black and white photographs myself, I have never set out to do an entire shoot with making them monochrome in mind. So this should be fun!

2. Day In The Life Project.

For the Day In The Life Project, your goal is to take 16 photos (or more) throughout your day. There should be at least one picture per hour that you are awake and it should be documenting your different daily activities. You may think that your daily activities are too boring to document, but this project just might end up helping you find something beautiful from each hour that you did not notice before! Or you could, of course, simply do this project on a weekend.

pictures3. Self Portrait Project.

If you’re following me on my instagram, you might have noticed that I’m not one for selfies. I just cannot for the life of me bring myself to smile at the phone. Makes me feel SO awkward haha. But I do think a self portrait project would be a fun and creative endeavor. So this summer I plan on putting my tripod and camera remote to good use! I might even combine this project with the “day in the life” one and capture photos of me in each stage of my photography and blogging work. We’ll see. ????

4. Film Limitations Project.

Remember how in my last post I talked about how much I miss shooting film? Well, the Film Limitations Project is the perfect one for me to try then! This project forces you to really study your surrounding before clicking the shutter button, making you much more conscious about the shots you are getting like in the “golden olden days.” When doing this one, you pretend like you are shooting with a roll of film and only have 24 shots. Or 48 if you want to pretend like you have two rolls 😉

5. The 52 Project.

With the 52 Project, you choose a favorite photo from each week of the year and then put them all into a photo album the following January. The photos could be of anything you did that week, or you could make this project even more interesting by assigning a theme to it. For instance, you could take weekly sunset photos, shoot creative photos of your pet each week, or even choose a specific color to get a photo of  weekly. The choices are endless!

photographyWhat do you think? Would you try any of these projects? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

  1. Diana Maria

    January 20th, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    These ideas are awesome Davelyn! I’d love to work more with film, but I don’t have a film camera just yet. Do you have any recommendations for a good quality film camera? Loved this post, it has me excited to take some more photos this year!

    http://mylovelierdays.com

  2. Davelyn

    January 20th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I actually haven’t shot film in years; I just edit my photos to look like film. So I’m not sure! I’d definitely like to play around with film cameras again, though. And thanks! 🙂

  3. Monika

    January 20th, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I love photography and these are great ideas!!
    I don’t like taking selfies lol ????

    http://www.snapsnpixels.com/

  4. Davelyn

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks! And yay, glad I’m not the only one! haha ????

  5. Mich Joseph

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I would definitely give the Day in the Life project a try. Sounds so interesting.

    Mich x
    https://michjosephblog.wordpress.com

  6. Davelyn

    January 20th, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Great! I can’t wait to see your pictures if you do! 🙂

  7. Vanessa

    January 21st, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Amazing ideas! The monochrome project seems very interesting!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  8. Davelyn

    January 21st, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Thanks Vanessa!

  9. Cielo Fronteras

    January 21st, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Awesome project ideas! Would love to try some of them! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  10. Davelyn

    January 21st, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Thanks Cielo!

  11. Gabrielle

    January 21st, 2017 at 11:49 am

    All of these projects sound like a lot of fun. Although I’m also pretty odd when it comes to taking photos of myself, I really enjoy seeing other people’s artistic Self Portrait projects, there’s something very interesting and intimate about them, right? 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

  12. Davelyn

    January 21st, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I agree! Self Portraiture is very unique and intimate for sure 🙂

  13. justatinabit

    January 21st, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I’m loving all of these projects! I’m not a selfie type of girl either but I’m surprised you’re not since you’re so pretty! One “project” I want to be better at is taking photos of my pups. They are getting old and I want to make sure we have tons of good photos of them and see how different they look at different stages!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  14. Davelyn

    January 21st, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    You’re so sweet Tina! Thank you! ♥︎ And that’s a good idea! My dog is getting old as well and I definitely haven’t taken enough photos of her.

  15. Hena Tayeb

    January 22nd, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    sounds great. the last time I shot with film was when i was in college.

  16. Davelyn

    January 22nd, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Right? Film is such a foreign format now haha 🙂

  17. Rachel Holliday

    January 22nd, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I’d love to see you capturing each stage of your blogging- photography etc- it would be like the inception of posts! I have to agree that monochrome images are so stunning- it makes you see textures so much more clearly 🙂

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  18. Davelyn

    January 22nd, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Haha totally! 🙂

  19. Tania Sarin

    January 22nd, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    love this post! xx

  20. Davelyn

    January 22nd, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you!

  21. laura mitbrodt

    January 22nd, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I love the idea of shooting one photo an hour. I think I might try that one the weekend and post it on my blog next week.
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  22. Davelyn

    January 22nd, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to see your pictures! 🙂

  23. Gemma

    January 23rd, 2017 at 8:52 am

    These sound like great projects!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  24. Davelyn

    January 23rd, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Thanks!

  25. Kelsey

    January 23rd, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I joined in on the #firstrollchallenge from Mastin Labs and I honestly didn’t even think to look for other fun projects to join in on! I really r e a l l y like the idea of the self portrait one as I’m just like you – I feel so silly with selfies! I often use my tripod (or Trépod as I call it lol) to help out with photos and it’s crazy how much it has helped with self confidence in front of the camera.

    I hope you share all your photography adventures as the year goes on! xo

    kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

  26. Davelyn

    January 24th, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    How very french 😉 I’ll have to start calling my tripod that as well haha. And I definitely will!

  27. therosynook

    January 24th, 2017 at 1:01 am

    These projects sound awesome! I’m actually wanting to get into Photography more and currently saving up for a lens. Best of luck! xo

    McKenzie | maybemckenzie.com

  28. Davelyn

    January 24th, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks! Good luck with your photography! xo

  29. Rach

    January 24th, 2017 at 4:01 am

    These all sound like great photography projects! I would love to try one of these out sometime during the year. Hopefully, once work calms down a bit, I’ll have more time!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  30. Davelyn

    January 24th, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks Rach! I hope you do get the time 🙂

  31. Ashley

    January 24th, 2017 at 8:27 am

    So cool- and great projects to shake up 2017!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  32. Davelyn

    January 24th, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks Ashley!

  33. Irina

    January 24th, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    The post is great! Loving your photos:)

    irinathayer.com

  34. Davelyn

    January 25th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you!

  35. Yasmin Hakim

    January 25th, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    A photo challenge is a really great way to push yourself and give yourself more content to work with. Plus you never know where your creative heart can take you! I think I’d be game for the day in the life project.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  36. Davelyn

    January 25th, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Great! Definitely share the images on your blog 🙂 xo

  37. simplyalexandra12

    January 26th, 2017 at 9:38 am

    These are such fun and creative ideas. They would be so fun for a mini scrapbook/documenting type project too! I know another blogger who chose a word for every week, taking a photo to match each week would be great too! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  38. Davelyn

    January 26th, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Oh that sounds like a fun project as well! xo

  39. katie

    February 7th, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I have been looking for new ways to practice my photography and this is such a great list!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

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