12 months, 12 topics, 4 photographers

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Our challenge for 2017

Christmas seems an age away, and here we are, nearly at the end of January already, so it is finally time to announce my (well, actually OUR) Photography Project for 2017.

The concept is simple, we have 12 topics (1 per month) that each of will use for inspiration.

Myself, Clare, Caitlin and Megan will each choice our favourite image that we have taken in the month, that we feel best represents the chosen theme.

There are just a few simple rules:

  • The image must be taken in the relevant month
  • Basic cropping, levels and tone editing is allowed, but definitely NO composite Photoshop magic
  • You can use ANY camera you like

Why are we doing this?

The main driver is to get us to be a bit more creative… But it is so much more than that;

The girls take dozens of photos every month, 99% of which are “selfies” that never get to see the light of day – My hope is that they will start to take a closer look at what is around them, and be encouraged to take more photos.

It will also encourage us to get out and about more, and also to plan ahead, so that we have something to look forward to as a family each month.

Although the girls will be encouraged to take shots themselves, if they have a specific idea that they need a hand to set-up, then that is fine… As I say, it is ALL about being creative.

In Print

Digital photography is great, but how often do we actually share those images, or, god forbid, ever print them?! – Our challenge will change that…

The girls got a Canon Selphy CP1200 printer for Christmas – What a super fun, tiny piece of kit… It means that they can print directly from their Phones via Bluetooth in seconds… The paper and inks come in packs, so you never have paper, but no ink, or vice versa. Oh, and the way that the machine prints one colour at a time is super cool – It really is like watching the photo develop!

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So, we will have 4 images printed each month, which we will display at home…

A sense of competition

So, where of YOU come in?

I will produce a blog post at the end of each month, showcasing the four images, encouraging you to vote for your favourite, via a simple poll on the post. For fairness, we won’t tell you who took which image (although you may be able to work some out!).

The photos will also be shared on Facebook and Twitter, so please feel free to give us your feedback… Remember, the competition is NOT about perfect photography; It is about which image you think best represents the theme of the month.

What is coming?

  • January – Celebrate
  • February – Hobbies
  • March – Mums
  • April – Barcelona
  • May – Food and Drink
  • June – Fast
  • July – Something with wheels
  • August – Summer
  • Septemeber – Colours
  • October – Patterns
  • November – Music
  • December – Christmas
With New Year and Cait and Mari’s birthdays in January, we should be able to hit the ground running!
Wish us luck
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