I can't believe how fast this year has flown by, it's crazy to think it's already November and the year is quickly winding down. There are only 2 months left of creative challenges this year...how can that be? If you haven't had a chance to try out all of the previous challenges, [go here to see them](http://www.lavenderlime.net/creative-photography-challenge.html).
Our November challenge is:
Now, I'll be honest, I had another challenge I was planning for November, but when it came time to write about it...I just couldn't do it, it didn't feel right. So, I scoured the web for ideas on what to do for a challenge this month. I came across a personal bucket list challenge, and right away, I knew that's what I wanted to do this month. Hopefully you'll want to join in too, because I think this is going to be fun!
What's a photography bucket list?
Most of you know what a bucket list is, right? A list of things you want to do in your life before you kick the bucket. So, a photography bucket list is a list of things you want to capture in your camera lens before you kick the bucket. But we're going to take it a step farther and say let's make a list of things you want to capture in your camera before our year of creative photography is over! We'll really focus on this in November, but I'd encourage you do keep working on it until the year is over!
Making bucket list shots does require some work. And some of that work is right now. If you have a few minutes, get out a piece of paper, a notes app on your phone, a new word document on your computer...it really doesn't matter HOW you write these things down, just do it! The sooner you write them down, the sooner you can make them a reality! You can keep your list short with the goal of crossing off every single one before the month is over, or you can make a longer list, crossing off as many as you can, then rolling the list over next month or next year.
Let's get thinking about ideas:
Is there a technique you've seen others use, but just haven't taken the time to do it yourself? Maybe you'd like to try free-lensing, in-camera double-exposures, panning, macro, blurred on purpose, selective focus, low and artificial light, or landscapes. Perhaps you've thought about giving composites a try, shooting from the hip (another term for shooting blindly), long exposure or night photography, or giving light painting a whirl ! There are so many techniques that I bet you haven't done them all yet!
Have you always wanted to try out new equipment? Perhaps a specialty or manual lens, or even a telephoto or wide-angle lens you don't have. What about using a tripod, an intervalometer or an external flash? If you don't want to buy new equipment, you can always rent, or see if there's a photography friend close by who you can trade with. Getting a friend in on the fun gives you an added reason to try something new! Don't forget small items as well like a prism, a glass ball, a copper tube, or a sandwich baggie. If you've never tried something like this before, give it a go!
Yes, I'm sure we all have amazing bucket list locations from where we want to shoot. But given the time of this challenge, that probably won't happen. So, think of a place close to where you live that you've never been before, and go there! Think of normal places that you've never taken your camera to before--the alley downtown, the skate park, to your work, a professional sports game, on a walk, the gym, a playground (just make sure you have kids with you so you don't look like a creeper...), a movie theater or the store. There are so many places I've never taken my camera! Additionally, if you know a location well, think of a new way you can use it. Try the middle of the day for shadow play, after dark for some astro-photography, or even using new angles and perspectives while there.
Are there any moments you're just dying to capture? An elderly couple kissing, a girl twirling in her dress with her hair flying around, an ocean wave frozen in time, a boy in mid-air, children greeting their dad after work, a sunrise or sunset a certain place, a bird in flight or someone blowing out candles. There are millions of moments happening everyday--which ones have you not captured yet that you want to? While scrolling through pictures on the internet (IG and Pinterest are great places), look for ideas of moments that others have captured that you'd like to do as well...then write them down so you don't forget! Also, don't forget there are always tons of events and things you can go to and try to photograph! A balloon festival, fireworks, a ball game, a family game, a lantern festival or a celebration of some sort. There will be many opportunities for you to capture if you go out and look for them!
Most of us photography our immediate family members without reservation...but how often do you ask a stranger for her portrait? This is also a great time to really put some thought into making images with extended family, showing connections you may haven't captured before. And let's not forget us! If you haven't ever taken a self-portrait, now's a great time. You don't have to be alone though, invite a loved one to join in with you, and capture the connection you have with each other. And I know that animals aren't technically people, but if you've never taken pictures of a horse or a bug (or other animals), that may be a fun idea to try!
Additionally, maybe you have a project that you've been wanting to do for awhile, but just haven't. (For example, "A day in the life" has been on my list for awhile...) Maybe there's a class or workshop you've wanted to take for awhile but just haven't done it yet. Have you always wanted to do a planned theme shoot, or wanted to collaborate with a few friends? Now's the time to write it down and get it crossed off of your bucket list!
7. Other Ideas
Are there some physical items you've always wanted to capture in your lens? Perhaps a classic car, a collection of a loved one, your home or yard, a foggy morning or experiment with color theory . Maybe you've always wanted to try food, adventure or real estate photography. This is the perfect month to test the waters and give something new a try!
To participate this month with us on Instagram, please use the tag: #2017creative_bucketlist. My team and I will be featuring our favorite images on the Creative Inspiration Community hub with the above tag! Be sure to tell us what it is that you accomplished on your bucket list so that we can share the great news with features!
Thank you to all of you who have joined in with me on this challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing what you will cross off your photography bucket lists this month!
Have an amazing day, and happy creative shooting!
I'm a mom of 4 boys, in love with photography, especially landscapes, macro, and silhouettes.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." -Elliott Erwitt