Saturday, August 17, 2019

Find Your Photography Style - join the Fall Photography Challenge!

What's your photography style?

It's one of the biggest and most open-ended of all photography questions. For some photographers, you know right away. You see their portfolio or see an image and instantly recognize it as theirs. But for many of us, it can seem like you're just groping around in the dark, trying to figure out what it is that makes your images "you."

This September and October, Boost Your Photography is offering a photo-a-day challenge geared around a month's worth of different photographic styles. It's a great opportunity to push yourself to try new things in your photography, as well as a way to affirm what styles do (and even do not) work for you and the kind of photographer you want to be.


The Fall Photography Challenge will run during both September and October 2019. The prompts and emails will be the same for both months, but this gives you the option to choose the month that works best for you - or go for a double-shot and really push yourself!

You'll receive a weekly email with tips and articles for how to tackle that week's challenge words. A daily photography challenge is a great way to keep yourself motivated and do new things with your photography! Hopefully you have some fun exploring your personal photography style.

Be Accountable: get a photo buddy (optional)


Back by popular demand, you can choose to join a smaller group of photographers and take on this challenge together. Knowing someone else is waiting to see your images is sometimes the extra push we all need to get up and get shooting! Plus it's a great way to get feedback and inspiration from others.

If you choose the "sharing" option, you will receive a group email with the names and emails of other photographers interested in being assigned to a small group for the month. You are committing to communicating at least once a week with your buddies, whether that means sharing an image or two from the week, asking questions, or offering support and ideas. This is a low-pressure way to get some feedback while gaining some cheerleading support along the way! [You will receive your group's details at the beginning of the month. New sharing groups will not be created after a challenge is underway.]

Interested? Use the signup form below and choose whether you'd like to join the challenge for September or October (or even both, if that's your fancy). "Not sharing" means you will get the emails but not assigned any buddies, while "sharing" means you agree that I can share your email with a small group of other interested photographers (generally 3-4 folks).

Join us for another great month of photography exploration!





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Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Year Ago on BYP

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.




  • Top Tips for Better Back to School Photos. Don't wait until the morning of the first day of school to think about how to capture a shot of your child's big day! With a little planning and the tips in this post, you can get incredible, personal shots of that back to school excitement.


  • Analyze to Improve Your Landscape Photographs. Knowing what to look for in a landscape photograph can greatly improve your images. Find out how to look back at your own shots and find ways to make them even better your next time shooting.

A group of photographers, via Flickr and 365Project, joined together to do a month-long Book Club of Freeman Patterson's Photography and the Art of Seeing.
  • Summer Roundup. A quick look back to all the posts from last summer on Boost Your Photography, all in one place!

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

New: Fall Photography Challenge!

Fall is one of my favorite times of year for photography, and with Back to School just around the corner, why not embrace the end of summer with our month-long Fall Photography Challenge?


The goal of the Fall Photography Challenge is to give you daily motivation to get out, get shooting, and capture some amazing and memorable images! The daily word prompts are arranged by week, and you'll receive a weekly email with tips and ideas for how to tackle that week's challenges. You do not have to capture each style on the day it's "assigned," unless you really want to push yourself.

The Fall Photography Challenge will run during both September and October 2019. The prompts and emails will be the same for both months, but this gives you the option to choose the month that works best for you - or go for a double-shot and really push yourself!

Be Accountable: get a photo buddy (optional)


Back by popular demand, you can choose to join a smaller group of photographers and take on this challenge together. Knowing someone else is waiting to see your images is sometimes the extra push we all need to get up and get shooting! Plus it's a great way to get feedback and inspiration from others.

If you choose the "sharing" option, you will receive a group email with the names and emails of other photographers interested in being assigned to a small group for the month. You are committing to communicating at least once a week with your buddies, whether that means sharing an image or two from the week, asking questions, or offering support and ideas. This is a low-pressure way to get some feedback while gaining some cheerleading support along the way! [You will receive your group's details at the beginning of the month. New sharing groups will not be created after a challenge is underway.]

Interested? Use the signup form below and choose whether you'd like to join the challenge for September or October (or even both, if that's your fancy). "Not sharing" means you will get the emails but not assigned any buddies, while "sharing" means you agree that I can share your email with a small group of other interested photographers (generally 3-4 folks).

Join us for another great month of photography exploration!





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Fall2019




Already a subscriber? You can either enter your info again in the form above or click "update subscription preferences" from the bottom of any BYP email. It's that simple.

(P.S. Those of you who are already subscribers will not receive a confirmation email, but don't worry - the first email for the challenge will arrive on the first day of the month you've selected.)

Hope you'll join us!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

A Year Ago on BYP

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


  • Demystifying the Histogram. Learn how to use your histogram to adjust your shooting in the field and get exactly the image you want. This post also presents examples of specific types of histograms and the images that produce them.


  • Long Exposure Photography at the Fair(e). A fair or carnival is an incredible opportunity to practice your long exposure photography. Bring along a tripod, and entire world of light and photographs awaits you! Read the full article for detailed suggestions and "how to" instructions.
  • Keeping Your Camera and Sensor Clean. The post lays out everything you need to do (and have) to keep your camera and especially your camera sensor clean, from basic day-to-day maintenance and prevention to what happens when you end up with a whole mess of dust and grime on your sensor (like in the photo above). Read on for the full details.
  • Spring Roundup. The very first round up, this one covered all of the posts from the first quarter of Boost Your Photography, all in one place!

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Year Ago on BYP

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.






  • An Introduction to Aperture. To get the shot you want, you need to understand what aperture is and what it can do for you. This post lays out a quick overview of aperture, including a description of the graphic above, and provides links to more detailed posts.

  • An Introduction to Filters in Photography. Filters serve many purposes, from protecting your lens to making skies pop to creating incredible effects. Find out how and why to use the most common types of filters, including UV, circular polarizers, and a variety of neutral density filters.
  • Strategic White Balance. White balance is so much more than a "set it and forget it" camera setting. Find out how to use white balance strategically to capture incredible photographs!

  • Stacking Photographs: Star Trails and Beyond. An overview of the technique of "stacking" multiple photographs to create extremely long exposures. This technique is commonly used with star trails, as pictured above, but has other applications. All you need is your camera, a tripod, a remote, and a free piece of software to create amazing results!
  • How Long Does Your Camera's Battery Last? Do you know the answer to this simple but important question? Read on for an easy technique for tracking your camera's battery life. Never get stuck with a surprise dead battery again!

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


  • Quick Tips for Better Fireworks Photographs. With July right around the corner, what better time to brush up on your techniques for photographing fireworks! This post lays out everything you need to know, including suggestions for equipment and settings.
  • Composition: Orientation. Do you think about why you hold your camera the way that you do? Find out how to use orientation intentionally, whether you are shooting horizontally or vertically.
  • Composition: Framing. You can use other elements in your image to frame your main subject. Find out how to use framing to make an impact in your photographs!
  • Colorful Daily Word List for July. [Craftsy] Push yourself to discover new subjects with this color-based monthly challenge. Plus, when you arrange the images at the end, you can create a beautiful rainbow of hues!

  • Travel Photography: Make a Shot List. Traveling at all this summer? Be sure that you come home with all of the shots that you want - find out why and how to make a shot list and get all of the photographs that you are after.
  • Postcards from Rainier. A photo-walk through of a recent trip to Mount Rainier National Park, including some thoughts about how to make the best of the photography situations that you encounter when traveling.

  • Make the Shot: Spoon Reflection Photography. Have a camera? Have a spoon? Have a great time getting some creative shots using spoon reflections. This how to posts gives you all the tips you need to know to get great shots like the one above.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.


  • Crystal Ball Photography How To. You know you want to! Crystal balls make an excellent photography prop for fun and unique shots - find out how with this post.
  • Photographer Gordon Parks. Book review and links to more information about African-American photographer Gordon Parks. (The book recently received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children's Literature.)


  • Composition: Leading Lines. Lines are a powerful compositional tool. Find out how to use lines to lead your viewer's eye into and through your photographs.
  • Composition: Fill the Frame. Find out why you need to get closer to your subject. There are many benefits for trying to fill the frame!
  • Top Tips for Photography Portraits and Posing. Poses are key for quick, easy, and incredible portraits! This collection of posts contains tons of great advice, suggestions, and example poses to use to make a dramatic and immediate impact on your portrait photography!

  • All about Exposure. The second post in our occasional series aimed at beginners covers all about exposure, including correct, creative, and equivalent exposures. The second-half of the article offers suggestions about how to perfect your exposure when out shooting.
  • Puddle Reflection Photography: how to. Make the most out of a recent rain storm - try your hand at puddle reflection photography! This technique works best with point-and-shoot cameras, and you can get amazing pictures out of even small puddles (like the gutter above).
  • Why and How to Tag Your Photographs. Never lose track of another photograph - find out why and how to tag your photographs. Tags are an incredibly useful tool, and if you do yet have a method for tagging your photographs, you will definitely want to give this one a read.


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Saturday, May 25, 2019

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.

  • Light Painting: How to Spin an Orb. This article walks you step-by-step through the process of spinning and creating orbs with light painting. All you need is a bright LED light, a tripod for your camera, and a little bit of practice. You'll be surprised at how easy these are to do!
  • Holiday-Themed Daily Word List for June [Craftsy]. This fun list of daily photography prompts is inspired by the various holidays during the month of June. Get ready to celebrate National Corn on the Cob Day, Hug Your Cat Day, and more!

  • Shutter Speed Guidelines. Do you know which shutter speeds to use in which situations? Need to know how best to freeze motion or to capture silky water? This quick overview of shutter speed guidelines (plus cheat sheet) has your answers.
  • ISO Basics. Get the details you need about ISO and understand the impact of shooting with lower vs. higher ISO values.
    • Travel Photography Must Haves. Don't leave for your next summer trip without making sure you have all the travel photography supplies you need! This quick article will get you started with all the basics for bringing back home amazing travel photographs.
    • Be a Local Tourist: Photograph a Farmers' Market. Photography opportunities are all around you. Take a trip to your local Farmers' Market to discover a wealth of photographic options. Practice your street or travel photography, zoom in on some curious details, or just wait for inspiration to strike!
    • Remember the Background and Move Your Feet. This article focuses on an oft-forgot point of composition: the background. Rather than getting sucked into your subject, take the time to pay attention to the background and see how moving your motion or perspective can make an immediate impact.


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    Saturday, May 11, 2019

    A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography

    A Year Ago on Boost Your Photography is a twice-monthly post rounding up all the great content available on BYP that has been published during this same time of year, across the years. It's a quick way to catch up on content you may have missed, including seasonal and time-sensitive photography tips and ideas.

    • Focus on Focus. An introduction to how to focus, including why to use a manual focus point, the difference in autofocus modes, and how and why to focus and recompose. 
    • Deciding Where to Focus. This follow-up post elaborates on the importance of knowing where to focus when shooting.

    • Rephotography: Dear Photograph. This rephotography project idea comes courtesy of the web site Dear Photograph. All you need is a set of older photographs and the time to return to the original location and match your your shot. Presto! (Read the full article for more details.)
    Why Won't My Lens Focus? | Boost Your Photography
    • Why Won't My Lens Focus?. This first article in our occasional series for beginners zeros in on some common focus problems and offers straightforward advice and suggestions for immediate correction.
    • Missed the Shot? Remember Camera Zero. This article covers the default settings (Camera Zero) that you should be using with your DSLR. Never miss a shot again by having your settings mixed up from your previous shooting.  Use Camera Zero, and you will always know your camera's settings!
    • Start a Series: from where I stand. This creative approach to selfies involves creating a collection of photographs where you include your feet for both context and scale. Read on for more ideas and inspiration!


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