1. 365 Days of Photography Challenge
2. 52 Week Project
3. 30 Day Photo Challenge
4. Local Photo Walk
5. No Editing
6. Re-Create Famous Photos
7. Creative Self-Portraits
8. Smartphone Photography Challenge
9. Disposable Film Camera
This is one of the most popular photography challenge ideas that can be a great introduction to film photography. Disposable film cameras are preloaded with film and are meant to be used once. (Although there are ways to reuse them.)
Most disposable cameras are limited to 27 exposures. In addition to being challenged by the photo limit, you’ll also be challenged by the simplicity of disposable cameras. With no preview and very few settings, you’ll be forced to rely on your instincts to take great photographs. Then, it’s just a matter of developing the film and (hopefully) being impressed with your results!
10. One Photo A Day
Compared to the other photo challenges, this one might seem too simple. However, it can significantly improve your patience and help you stay focused during your photoshoots.
One Photo A Day limits you to one photograph. You can only take one image every day. The point of this challenge is to help you stay present for every photograph you take. Instead of taking hundreds of photos mindlessly, you’ll need to make the most of one image.
11. 100 Strangers Challenge
The 100 Strangers Challenge pushes photographers to meet new people in uncontrolled environments. The goal is to photograph 100 strangers on the street.
Many photographers start this project with an intense fear of rejection. The more they photograph, the more fearless they become. When you face your fear of rejection, you’ll find it easier to face other challenges in your life as a photographer. This might include speaking in front of a large audience, starting a new project, or trying a new shooting style.
If you need extra inspiration, check out our interview with Dani Oshi, a professional photographer who took photos of 1,400 strangers in Belgium.
We also have a book written by one of our lead photography instructors about photographing people, which you may find very interesting.
12. The Ugly Location Challenge
The Ugly Location Challenge encourages photographers to approach “ugly” locations in a creative way. There are probably many places in your area that might not look appealing at first sight. If you shoot from the right angle or use the right props, you can make any location look interesting.
For this challenge, make sure to post the following photos side by side:
- The location where you had your photoshoot
- The results of the photoshoot
This is the perfect challenge for anyone who wants to make the most of their surroundings and find beauty everywhere.
13. Timelapse Video
To create a timelapse video, you need to take a series of photographs at regular intervals. For example, you can take one photo of a busy street every second. You can then put these images together in an editing program to create a timelapse video. (LR Timelapse and Adobe Premiere Pro are great for this.)
Timelapse photography relies on moving elements to work well. If you want to create a striking video, don’t shoot in an empty space. Make sure that you have a main subject, like a building, to focus on. Also, be mindful of changing light. If the weather suddenly changes, you might need to adjust your settings manually to avoid overexposed or underexposed shots.
14. Same Subject, Different Angles
This is a versatile photography challenge that you can work on at any time. Pick one subject to photograph from different angles and in different ways. Make it your goal to take at least 20 unique photos of the same subject, whether it’s a person, an object, or a location.
Here are a few extra photography challenge ideas to keep you inspired:
- Use a slow shutter speed to create a motion blur effect. If your subject isn’t moving, intentionally move your camera as you press the shutter.
- Get creative with manual mode. Experiment with different filters in your camera. Don’t be afraid to break the rules!
- Highlight details by taking close-up shots.
- If possible, experiment with different types of light. Natural and artificial light can make a big difference in your work.
- Make use of unusual angles. Shoot from high and low angles. Shoot through objects.
15. Photo Essay Series
If you like documentary-style photographs, you’ll love this challenge! Taking pictures is challenging enough. What if you created a series of photos that told a story?
Photo essays are very popular in wedding photography. When you have thousands of event photos, you might find it easier to create a photo series that tells a clear story.
You don’t need to be a wedding photographer to join this challenge, though. Other events with a clear beginning and end are suitable for this photo challenge. Birthday parties, meet-ups, and celebrations can all help you create an unforgettable photo essay of your own.
Learning photography is a journey that you can enjoy every day. Even a little bit of progress is progress. If you commit to any of these projects today, imagine how much more skilled you’ll be a week, a month, or even a year from now.
Most photo challenges can be tweaked and changed according to your preferences. Even if you’re a hobbyist photographer, you can make adjustments based on your interests. Don’t be afraid to experiment, ask for constructive criticism, and challenge yourself to learn something new every day.
Our community has fun projects, such as the 365 Project and the 52 Week Project, that you can join right now. You’ll find all the resources you need to successfully complete your project there. Discover a whole new world of photography challenge ideas and inspiration with us!