12 Photography Projects to Stretch Your Skills, One Month at a Time

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Shoot the Stars

Point your lens at the sky and try your hand at astrophotography. You don't have to be NASA or own special equipment to take surprisingly good photos of the galaxy. Patience, a good understanding of photography basics, and a steady tripod will all be helpful. Read our guide and helpful tips about astrophotography and get ready to spend the night shooting the stars.


Create a Modern Fairytale

To live “happily ever after” as a photographer, all you need to do is look to your favorite folklore. Take a classic fairytale, whether Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel, and give it your artistic spin. How you interpret it is up to you, whether it's an abstract rendering or a full set up with costumes and models, this challenge will force you to stretch yourself in terms of organization, vision, and creative interpretation.


Go Back to the Basics with Pinhole Photography

Go back to basics and experiment with pinhole photography. You can purchase a pre-made model or get creative and make your own by downloading a Pinhole camera template. Either way, pinhole camera photography is an interesting way to reflect on how early photographers worked. And, in a time when we're far too used to unlimited snaps, pinhole photography is a good way to reset your thinking on composition and lighting. Check out Popular Photography's short guide to pinhole photography for tips on how to get started.


Immortalize Your Furry Friends with Pet Photography

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Photographing animals in nature is one thing, but what about getting up close and personal with a pet? Even if you aren't an animal owner, borrow a cat, dog, or even a rat from a friend for its very own photo shoot. Whether you decide on a seated portrait or an action grab, capturing the spirit of a beloved pet can be more challenging than you may realize. For some purr-tinent tips and tricks, check out our guide to the best contemporary pet photographers.


Get Creative with Lenses

Different Camera Lenses Photography Project Ideas

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We all have our go-to camera lens, but what about that one collecting dust in the corner? What if you had to shoot with just that lens for a whole week or month? Break out of your rut by forcing yourself to change up equipment and make use of your underutilized lens of choice for a predetermined amount of time. You'd be surprised how much just changing this small aspect can force you to shake up your photography. Not sure where to start? Read this compilation of lens recommendations from some of our favorite photographers.


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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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