Dogwood Photography Durham, NC
Dogwood Photography Presents:

52 Week Photography Challenge

Unlike most photography challenges which are just a simple list of ideas, this 52 week challenge is designed to push your photography to the next level. This list is going to be more challenging to complete than a simple 52 week photography challenge list. But stick with it to the end and I guarantee you will be a better photographer for it. There is no specific start date for this challenge. Each photographer is on their own journey, and only competing with themselves from week to week. If you wish to form a challenge group and compete with each other based on this list you are welcome to do so! If you form a challenge group drop me an invite I would love to watch the progress.

Weekly Challenge Categories:

Each week, the weekly assignment will be in one of 3 categories:

  • Portrait: Portrait photography is really about capturing the essence of a person in an image. A portrait image can range from a classic portrait to candid, or from street photography to a selfie. Each time this category comes up we will dive into a different area of portrait photography. The main focus should always be a person/persons (or maybe a pet).
  • Landscape: In the context of the #dogwood52 photography challenge, this category is pretty broad covering both traditional landscapes, and some non-traditional areas such as urbanscapes. Don’t be afraid to really explore your surroundings in this category. If the focus is the environment you are in, it will qualify as Landscape in this category.
  • Artistic Impression: When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other two categories that are more focused, the main focus of this category is to let your creativity shine.

How to share your images

I highly encourage sharing your work each week. I know it’s hard to put yourself out there, but it is an important part of growing as a photographer. If you want to share your images with the rest of the people who are taking part in the challenge I recommend the following hashtags: #dogwood52 and #dogwoodweek[NUMBER] (ex: #dogwoodweek1, #dogwoodweek2).

If you run into others who are also participating and sharing, be sure and comment on their image!

Some places to share your work:

  • Join the Facebook Group Dogwood 52 to share your work at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogwood.52
  • Join the Flickr Group Dogwood 52 Challenge to share your work at: https://www.flickr.com/groups/dogwood52challenge/
  • Share your work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or other hashtag friendly social media site with the hashtags listed above.
  • Share your work in your favorite photography forum… and even encourage others to participate.
  • Share your work via websites dedicated to photographers like Flickr.com or 500Pix.com.

The Challenge List

Week 1 Portrait: Self Portrait Start things off right with a "selfie"! Explore the self timer setting on your camera.
Week 2 Landscape: Traditional Landscape Shoot a beautiful landscape and share it with the world. Find a nice foreground and don't forget the sky.
Week 3 Artistic: Red Shoot whatever inspires you. Red should be the focus of the image. Don't be afraid to be creative.
Week 4 Portrait: Headshot You shot a selfie, now shoot a "selfie" of someone else!
Week 5 Landscape: Black and White Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white.
Week 6 Artistic: Candy Your artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. A great chance to play with macro photography.
Week 7 Portrait: Faceless Tell someone's story without showing their face.
Week 8 Landscape: Wide Angle/Panorama This is a great opportunity to explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape.
Week 9 Artistic: Shadows The opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow. Interpret this into a masterpiece.
Week 10 Portrait: Environmental Show a subject in their natural habitat. Their place of work or hobby is a great start. Tell their story with the environment
Week 11 Landscape: Reflection Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed.
Week 12 Artistic: Transportation Our world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation.
Week 13 Portrait: High Key Expose to the right and create a light, airy high key portrait.
Week 14 Landscape: Zoomed in Most landscapes are wide sweeping images. Try an alternative and zoom in instead.
Week 15 Artistic: Metal Cold, hard steel. Shiny Aluminum. Or even rusted and broken down. Find your inspiration in metal this week.
Week 16 Portrait: Movement Most portraits are stationary, so this week explore adding some movement. Dancing, twirling, or even hair flips.
Week 17 Landscape: Urbanscape Most Landscapes are wide open spaces of natural beauty... this week find the beauty of the urbanscape/cityscape.
Week 18 Artistic: Texture The artistic inspiration this week is texture. You should almost be able to feel the image.
Week 19 Portrait: Messy Take an amazing portrait of someone, make a mess while you are doing it.
Week 20 Landscape: Nightowl A tripod is going to be handy this week... time to shoot a night landscape. Look for some light for the scene! Car lights, city lights, or maybe just moonlight.
Week 21 Artistic: Fantasy Is this real life, or is this just fantasy... Your artistic inspiration this week is fantasy.
Week 22 Portrait: Hands Usually the face is the strongest element in the frame; with the hands being second. Make the hands the most important element in your image this week.
Week 23 Landscape: Weather This week should be as unpredictable as the weather! Feature the weather in this week's landscape.
Week 24 Artistic: Sparkle! Shoot what inspires you this week, just make sure it sparkles.
Week 25 Portrait: Silhouette Expose for the background and let your subject fall into shadow. Shape is important this week.
Week 26 Landscape: Simplify Simply the scene to make your primary subject stand out.
Week 27 Artistic: Blue You were inspired by the fiery red earlier, now be inspired by calming blue.
Week 28 Portrait: Family Whether it's the family you are born with or the one you choose, show the world what family is to you.
Week 29 Landscape: Waterscape Ocean, lake, river, pond, or puddle. Make water the primary subject of this landscape.
Week 30 Artistic: Patterns Get inspired by the rhythm that patterns bring to your images.
Week 31 Portrait: Street Candid Candids on the street, show us life in your town through the lens.
Week 32 Landscape: Colorful Shoot a landscape that packs as much color as you can find into the scene.
Week 33 Artistic: Collaboration Doesn't matter what you shoot, just do with another artist. Share vision and ideas. Collaborate.
Week 34 Portrait: Child Candid or posed, capture an image of a child. Try getting down on their level for a unique perspective.
Week 35 Landscape: Nature up Close Get up close and personal with nature in this natural beauty shot. Flowers, bees, bugs and spiders might all make great shots
Week 36 Artistic: Food Take your food photography to the next level. Its not lunch, its art.
Week 37 Portrait: Fashion Avant-garde to commercial to traditional, and everything in between. The focus is the clothes this week.
Week 38 Landscape: Get Low Time to look at the world from a different angle. Shoot a landscape from a low point of view.
Week 39 Art: Handmade Your artistic interpretation should be inspired by another artisan's handmade work. Literal or interpreted.
Week 40 Portrait: Sitting in a Chair Either a formal sitting portrait or a re-interpretation of this classic. Photography your subject sitting in a chair.
Week 41 Landscape: Get High Everything looks different when you are high. Find a high perspective to shoot this landscape.
Week 42 Artistic: Minimalist Isolate your subject using the minimalist approach. Inspire someone with your art.
Week 43 Portrait: The Elderly Tell the story of an elderly person through the power of your camera. Capture the lines of their life.
Week 44 Landscape: A Tree Some of the most famous landscapes in the world feature a tree. Time to see what you can do.
Week 45 Artistic: Nostalgic Use nostalgic as your inspiration this week. Long for the moments we want recapture. The good times.
Week 46 Portrait: Backlit The sun makes a great back light, as well as a flash. Don't forget the fill light. A flash or reflector can be used to fill in the subject.
Week 47 Landscape: Abandoned Capture an image of that which others have forgotten. It may be the last image before its gone from us forever.
Week 48 Artistic: Bokeh A shallow depth of field is often used to isolate the subject. Create an artistic interpretation using shallow depth of field.
Week 49 Portrait: Dancing Whether it's a professional dancer, or just some kids in the street. Try experimenting with slow and fast shutter speed to both blur and freeze the subject.
Week 50 Landscape: Symmetrical Often considered one of the hardest compositions to pull off, Symmetry. Challenge yourself this week by shooting a symmetrical landscape/urbanscape.
Week 51 Artistic: Art It is time to really challenge yourself. Your artistic interpretation should be art, about art. So meta.
Week 52 Portrait: Another Self Portrait For your final challenge, we end where we started. Take one last self-portrait, and be amazed at how far you have come in a year.