For this month, January 2020, the theme challenge is “Your Best 2019 Photo”.
This month the theme challenge is different from our previous challenges, instead of creating an image this month your challenge is to review your images from 2019 and choose the one (1) image that you consider to be your best photo.
By reviewing and doing self assessment of your photos from the year, 2019, you can learn a lot.
Each year I produce a calendar based on thirteen (13) images shot throughout the year in my local area within a theme called “Close to Home”. The calendar project initially started out as gifts for family and close friends for Christmas, but has since grown into selling calendars to people in the local area who are excited to see the images I have created and the special moments that were captured.
Using your best images from 2019, I encourage you to consider creating a project of either a single 8×10 or 8×12 print of your best photo from the year, a calendar (12 to 13 photos), or a photo book of your best image(s) which reflects your past year of photography. If you choose to produce a photo book spend the time writing a story for each image as well as documenting the camera settings.
Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only choose their best image from 2019 but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about the image; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.
As always with our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, below are a number of YouTube video links to help with some hints and ideas.
Picking and Printing your Best Photos instructional aids:
■ How Reviewing your Photos will Help your Photography: by Nigel Danson (13min 43sec)
■ Why selecting your TOP 8 Photos Helps your Photography: by Nigel Danson (15min 8sec)
■ Printing Photos will Improve your Photography: by Nigel Danson (18min 59sec)
An important part of improving your photography is not only practice but also self assessment and reflection, which is the intent of this months theme challenge. In addition you have an opportunity to learn more about the images you are creating; identify what you are doing right, what you need to improve so you can correct it in future images, and what you like about your images which helps create your style.