Today marks the end of my photography challenge to take, edit, and post a picture every day for 30 days.
I’ll be honest. It was both easier and harder than I was expecting. But either way, I learned so much.
There were many days where I lost track of time taking pictures and exploring some new places in Atlanta. But there were also many days where I didn’t want to take a picture but had to anyway. There were days where I wasn’t 100% happy with the picture I was posting to Instagram. There were even a couple days where I took pictures but was so disappointed in them that I used one that I took a different day instead. It became somewhat of a habit to take my camera with me wherever I went (especially after I forgot it a few times and regretted it… a lot.)
The first week and a half I had a lot of ideas that I was excited about. Everything was still fresh enough for me to be able to say, “I know how to improve tomorrow.”
Week 2 was a little harder. Every picture I took seemed boring to me. It forced me to really look deeply at why I consider some pictures better than others. After looking at pictures from a few photographers I admire, I started to realize there are a lot of pictures out there that you could consider good. But what distinguishes a photo that checks all the boxes for what a ‘good’ photo is from a great one? What does it take for someone to look at a photo and say, “wow, that’s a really good picture”?
I’m still in the process of figuring this out. But the main answer I came up with? Great pictures tell stories. That’s also why it’s so hard to take a great photo.
Week 3 was the hardest. I was out of ideas. One day I ended up posting a picture of my ceiling simply because I was laying on the floor for a different perspective. The ceiling ended up being what I came up with.
Through it all, I learned to look at my pictures more critically. I started to think more about composition while taking each and every picture. I learned to use Adobe Lightroom (I’ve always used Gimp in the past). I learned that there’s more to a good picture than simply good composition.
Most of all, I learned there is so much more for me to learn before I can consider myself a true photographer.
I plan on continuing to purposefully hone my photography skills in the coming weeks and probably years (just maybe not every single day).
The slideshow above showcases the pictures that I like the most. If you are curious to see the rest of the 30 photos, check out my Instagram.