Take the MWAC Challenge!
In order to really grow and learn in your photography journey you need to practice. We know that you have heard this before, but the reality couldn’t be more true. 365 Projects are a great way to pick up your camera daily and practice, practice, practice. However, if you’re anything like me at the moment, the thought of committing to a year long project with another thing to check off your to do list every day is beyond daunting. Since the overall concept and idea is a great one, let’s simplify it and start by making it a one week challenge. Therefore, the MWAC Challenge is to commit to practicing using your camera and learning every day (7 days) this week.
Think about a time in your day when you have a little down time; perhaps it’s when your children are playing in the morning, watching a show before bed, reading, etc. Use the time to snap some photos and play with your settings. Another idea is to set up your children with an activity and while they’re (hopefully) happily playing, practice your skills. It doesn’t need to be for a long time, in fact about 10-15 minutes is enough time.
The second part of this challenge is to learn something new through reading/ studying. I have learned so much by reading blogs, my camera manual, tutorials, etc or watching uTube videos. Spend about 5-15 minutes each day this week studying up. Reading and practicing will help you better understand your camera and take your photography to the next level. If you consider yourself a beginner, a great subject to focus on is exposure. Once you really understand exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO), you will be able to make leaps and bounds in your photography. At least that’s what I found.
Below is a list of some of our favourite resources. Read one entry/ article each day. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn!
The Moms with a Camera Blog (of course)
Clickin Moms Blog (AMAZING resource, prepare to be challenged and inspired)
Mom and Camera Blog (Great blog with lots of tutorials, tips and inspiration for moms)
The Momtographers (Great site with lots of information for beginner mom photographers)
Momtog (A professional photographer’s website all geared towards moms wanting to take better pics of their kids)
Dolce Pics (A professional photographer’s website (from Vancouver) for moms and beginner photographers, great tutorials)
My Four Hens Blog (wonderful source for inspiration). I’m loving the “Inspired” posts.
Creative Live (keep an eye out for great free online workshops)
Are you stuck on something particular, like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, or choosing your own focus points? Check out these videos:
One particular Youtube channel that is full of amazing tutorials is “Fro Knows Photo”. For example, his depth of field video, his aperture video, his shutter speed video, his ISO video, his manual video, etc.
So what do you say? Put it in writing. Please leave a comment on this post if you’re up for the challenge!