Need help thinking of a great New Year’s resolution? We got you covered with this Photography Challenge. To finish the challenge, you have to photograph 52 specific subjects in 2017. Taking on this challenge can be a simple way to push your creativity and expand your photography portfolio and skills in the new year. It’s like Project 365, but set up to take one photo per week. A 52 week photography challenge allows you to put more planning and creativity into each image, without disrupting the full-time schedule you might already have outside of photography.
Download our printable list and check off the subjects as you go. The order of the subjects doesn’t matter, just get the list done by the end of the year.
You may see that only 50 are on the list, but the last topic is a series of 3 images/subjects used to create a triptych.
Click the image below for a printable PDF.
For inspiration, check out the following images for each subject, chosen from our Flickr group.
Above or below, day or night, sunrise or sunset. A perfect cloud can happen anytime, anywhere.
A Beautiful Landscape
Open fields, desert canyons, dark forests, and towering mountains are just a few examples of landscapes that can be stunning. Take a road trip and discover a landscape you’ll never forget.
Something in Your Kitchen
This could be an appliance, the sink, or even the messy crumbs around the toaster. Whatever catches your eye.
Flowers are one of the most frequently photographed subjects, and yet they still draw attention. You don’t need to reinvent the standard flower picture; you can simply focus on capturing a flower you think looks especially beautiful.
A Baby or Toddler
If you’re usually out roaming on barren landscapes, consider this an opportunity to channel your inner newborn photographer.
Coffee or Tea
A cup of coffee or tea may be such a common part of your life that you’ve never photographed it before. Or maybe you’ve photographed it so often that the challenge here will be discovering a fresh perspective.
You can create all kinds of weird photos using programs like Photoshop, but you can also find plenty of weirdness ready-made in the world.
Half the challenge of this one might be getting up early enough to see the sunrise. Or, if that’s a step too far, you can stay up all night instead.
Your Favorite Fruit or Vegetable
Some are more photogenic than others, but with a little creativity, you can make any fruit or veggie look good.
Something You Think is Boring
Turning it into a photography subject might make it more interesting.
A Cat or Kitten
Maybe it’ll go viral.
A Dog or Puppy
Though not as famous as Internet cats, dogs can be just as fun to photograph (if not more fun).
Someone You Love
Children, family, lovers, friends, or even yourself.
Go out and meet someone! Or, if you’re too shy, a distant silhouette could also work.
Something That Makes You Feel Nostalgic
It could be a toy from your childhood, a place you used to go on vacation, or even a set of pictures you took last year.
This is just an excuse to go out walking on the beach.
It doesn’t have to be your family, or even a human family. A duck with ducklings could count, too.
A Rainy Day
From umbrellas to rain drops, the worst weather can inspire the best photos.
An Empty Road
Go out and find an interesting book store, or stay home and cozy up with a pile of books and your camera.
Whether your camera gear counts is up to you.
You could get your first awesome cityscape, or if you’re an experienced urban photographer, try visiting another city to get a fresh set of skyscrapers to photograph.
The Night Sky
Read these tips to get started.
A Meal You’ve Made
It doesn’t have to be fancy.
If spiders are beyond your comfort level, there are always butterflies.
Effectively using negative space (or white space) can really make your photos stand out. It’s a fun technique to experiment with, too. Sand dunes are a great place to start, but you can use negative space with almost any subject.
Even old, rusty bicycles have a kind of beauty, if only for their silhouettes.
Classic or bizarre, newly built or falling apart, there’s a wide range of what people call beautiful with architecture. Find a building you love, and get an awesome photo of it.
A Tree or Leaf
Go big or go small–either way can be striking.
Some places to look: a lake, puddle, mirror, window, fountain…
Something That Makes You Laugh
You might want to use a tripod to keep the camera steady as you’re shooting.
If you’re stumped, try adding wind or water.
You can experiment with time-lapses, or head to a parking lot to discover an interesting composition.
Something You’ve Never Photographed
You could make this a quick snapshot or plan an entire trip around it, going somewhere you’ve never been to get this one picture.
A Wild Animal
It could be as simple as a bird outside your window or as difficult as a fox you spot in a field.
A Close-Up of a Face
It doesn’t have to be a person.
If you’re using a smartphone, check out the apps out there for creating panoramas.
A Candid Moment
If you struggle with making yourself invisible enough to get candid shots, check out these tips for getting candid photos.
Windows are a good place to look, but you can also find sunbeams outdoors on a cloudy day or breaking through the leaves of a dense forest.
A Sport You Enjoy
If you don’t like popular sports like football, think outside the box to competitions like dancing or “mind sports” like poker.
Something You Fear
Possibly going back to insects…
Holding something or not.
Shoot a small stream, the waves on a beach, traffic on a highway, or stars moving through the sky, for a few ideas.
You could go birdwatching and find a pair of gorgeous eagles, or stick with the birds in your neighborhood. Pigeons can be cool, too.
The Golden Hour
Whenever you need a photography ego boost, the golden hour is there for you.
An Action Shot
Whether it’s a person jumping or a squirrel running across a field, getting a perfect action shot can be a huge rush.
On or off.
Something You’ve Photographed Before
It can be done differently, like Vincent Van Gogh’s wheat fields, only with you and a camera instead of paint.
Go as crazy as you want.
A Series of Three Related Photos
Create a triptych. It can be three related photos taken over the course of a couple weeks or the year for different seasons, time of day, before/during/after, or another interesting topic that has a clear theme.