Photography Farm Challenge

Our 2019 Photography Farm Challenge has begun. 52 weekly themes for you to build a personal project around. Join in whenever you want to, there are no hard and fast rules. Shoot one image, a series or explore the topic all week. Follow along with the weeks of the year or start in your own time. Join in on Instagram with the hashtag #photographyfarmchallenge or follow Farm on there to see some featured images. New themes will be posted here on Mondays mornings …

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  • Theme 1: ME
    A tiny but complex word and usually the biggest fear for any photographer. But this is a challenge so it’s not meant to be easy. Let’s start our projects with ourselves. I very much look forward to seeing what you all come up with.
  • Theme 2: HOME
    You’ve introduced yourself, now show where or what Home means to you.
  • Theme 3: SYMMETRY 
    Let’s dive into a more technical challenge. This week’s theme is the first to do with composition. A symmetrical composition is balanced and has an overall equality of size, shape, line and colour. You can divide it into equal parts and it uses the elements by repeating them. For inspiration look to cinematography.
  • Theme 4: BLUR
Anyone else finding these surprisingly hard so far? I don’t want anyone to get disheartened so hopefully this is an easy theme. Have fun with it and keep up the good work.
  • Theme 5 : WINDOW LIGHT
This is the first theme about a specific light source. You might use window light all the time for portraits but how about using the challenge to think of a way to use it that’s different to what you might have done before?
  • Theme 6 : HANDS
I feel that hands are almost as emotive as faces. That’s the reason why people suddenly don’t know what to do with them when they are being photographed.. they feel awkward and therefore so do their hands. Yet if you are good at directing hands then your portraits will improve massively. For this challenge let’s see you express something with the subject’s hands please.
  • Theme 13: STREET
    Interpret this one however you like, it could be a photo of the street you live in or one that is significant to you. It could be street photography, or a person you meet in the street. It could be architecture or even a self portrait out in a street. Let’s see what you’ve got.
  • Theme 14: A FRIEND 
    Well we had a stranger so this seems natural, Plus if you came to FarmShop over the last few days, then the chances are that you probably made at least one new friend. So this week, let’s see a portrait of a friend, old or new.
  • Theme 15: THREE THINGS
    Take an image that has three elements in it. This could be two subjects and a background; one subject, foreground and background; subject, prop, background; For inspiration look at the work of Fer Juaristi as he often employs this technique. 

Image : Lee Allen

 

  • Theme 7: RULE OF THIRDS
    Consciously take an image that is based on the Rule of Thirds. It’s a simple technique that allows breathing space in a frame and lets the important elements sit where it feels comfortable to the eye. It creates a sense of balance. Try using it portrait as well as landscape and try putting key parts of the image on the intersection of both.
  • Theme 8: WATER 
    There is so much that can be done with this one. Shoot someone in water, indoors or out in the elements, experiment with water droplets on the lens, shoot water at low or fast shutter speeds, interpret the theme in a more ethereal way with use of motion, colour or reflections. Have fun with this one.
  • Theme 9: GOLDEN HOUR
    It’s suddenly sunny and at this time of year, sunset is still nice and early so shooting in Golden Hour is super easy. Explore ways to use the warm light, either direct or as backlight or rim light. Try using it indoors or in ways you might not have thought of before.
  • Theme 10: A STRANGER
This might push you out of your comfort zone even further than a self portrait but this week, I’d like you to take a portrait of a complete stranger or strangers. Lots of us are using our family and friends as subjects for many of the images so this time, step into the unknown and ask permission to shoot someone that is not already familiar to you. It could be a portrait of an individual, a couple, a group but the thinking is if you can find the bottle to do this, then you can photograph just about anyone.
 
  • Theme 11: REFLECTION
I love looking for reflections to include in a frame. This can be found in the environment or be a purposeful addition to a composition. Either way, this is a fun theme that can be interpreted in many ways.
  • Theme 12: EMOTION
I am late posting this week’s challenge as I’ve been at The Photography Show but if you came to my talk, you will have seen that I set this challenge based on my personal project with my daughter. The images that we are creating together are about Naming Emotions, our aim to to express what she is feeling in the images and they are all over on my IG cakefordinnerphotos. So your task this week is to find an emotion in your subject and express it in the image.
  • Theme 16: AVAILABLE LIGHT 
    For this challenge, photograph a scene paying special attention to the available light and try to use it in a non obvious way. Be conscious of what light is around you and put thought into how you can purposely light a subject with it.