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Gary Detonnancourt


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More Than A Snapshot provides online photography education.

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This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

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10 Reasons to do a Personal Photography Project

Gary Detonnancourt

1.  It's a great learning experience and it will give you plenty of practice to improve your photography.

2.  It will give you the opportunity to create a very high quality portfolio on a specific subject.

3.  Inspiration, when the going gets tough and ideas are not flowing, you can always go back and work on your project.

4.  A project gives you a starting point or framework that will allow you to expand your creativity.

5.  Doing a personal project is all about you.  You don't have to please anyone else, so let your creativity take you where you want to go.

6.  Get Social!  Engage with photography communities to discuss your work and get feedback.

7.  Focus:  spelling out a project over a certain amount of time will keep you on task.

8.  Commitment:  If you publish (in a community or on social media) your intentions to do a project, you will be much more motivated to complete it.

9.  Putting a project out into the world will give you some credibility, which may help you to get help with your project.  People on social media may suggest locations, models, props, etc...

10.  Doing a project will show off your skills and commitment to creating quality work or a sustained period of time.  This may help to draw fans and allow you to sell images or to book more jobs.  Just remember to show off the kind of work you want to do or sell.

I hope to see you in the Create Challenge during 2017, it's completely free and you can start the challenge at any time.

 

Photography Challenge #3: Reseach

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Photography Challenge #2: Check Yourself

Gary Detonnancourt

I'm also offering a free Create Challenge Toolkit, which will contain all of the worksheets that go along with this series.

To submit your challenge response simply snap a clear picture of your completed worksheets and post them in the comments section below. Click on the button above to download the worksheets.

Photography Challenge #1: Describe Yourself as a Photographer

Gary Detonnancourt

This is a free one year long series that will help you to make a personal photography project. I'm also offering a free Create Challenge Toolkit, which will contain all of the worksheets and resources that go along with this series.

TO SUBMIT YOUR CHALLENGE RESPONSE SIMPLY SNAP A CLEAR PICTURE OF YOUR COMPLETED WORKSHEETS AND POST THEM IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW. CLICK ON THE BUTTON ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEETS.  Alternatively, you could simply type out your response.

Since this is my video, I should do the challenge too.  I have been doing photography for most of my life but I really began to study it around 2005, when digital was really coming in to its own. I am an opportunist with regard to my subjects, as I'm sure many people are. I tend to photograph subject that are easily available to me, however, I mostly shoot wildlife, portraits, and landscapes. I would say most of my quality work is of wildlife and beauty shots of models. I would say my style included images with vibrant colors and artificial light. However, these days I seem to be shooting more natural light and in Black and White so my style is ever changing. I frequently shoot with a 24-105 mm lens but my most frequent focal length is probably 600 mm since I like to shoot wildlife. I would say my photographic weakness is caring too much about technical things and not enough about creativity and capturing the decisive moment. I hope to be able to work on this throughout the year.