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Hey Photographer! It’s Shannon (your other new intern!), and I’m here to talk about ways you can practice photography every single day. Maybe that sounds a little daunting to you, especially if you’re just starting out, but I can assure you it’s much more manageable than you might think. Whether you’re brand new to the game and have no idea where to begin, or you have five, ten, even twenty years of experience under your belt and want new sources of inspiration, there are countless ideas that will ensure you snap even just one photo a day. No matter where you are in your journey, there’s always more to learn and explore. Consider some of the following suggestions, grab that camera and get to shooting!

Start a 365 project– Photo projects like these are popular across social media, especially for picture-sharing apps like Instagram. Take your camera and snap a photo of anything you want- it could be a self portrait when you first wake up, a shot of your co-workers chatting on your lunch break, or even your favorite pair of shoes. There are no limits! Shooting your everyday life also removes the pressure of capturing the “perfect” shot.

Be your friend’s personal paparazzi– Plan a fun day with a friend (one who is comfortable being followed around by a camera) and take both candid and posed photos of them. If you live in New York City, it’s very hard to run out of places to go and things to do, so you can really have a blast with this one.

Plan photo tours– This is a great way to further explore your favorite neighborhood, or venture out into a brand new one. Either way, you will be more aware of your surroundings as you specifically look for objects and scenes that interest you. If you’re in a new place, ask locals what imagery they love most about it, then go photograph that. For city dwellers, pick a food you love and go on a hunt for the best version of that particular treat (my suggestion is cannolis). You can do this once a week (or every day because– YOLO!) and take pictures of each experience– getting there, the establishment (if they allow photos), the food, your reaction to said food…yum.

Play around with one specific mode or setting– As a new photographer, understanding your camera’s various settings and how to use them to your advantage can be tricky. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, pick just one mode or setting- aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, flash, etc.- and play around with it for a week. Each time you shoot, pick a subject or scene and take the exact same photo several times, slightly adjusting that one aspect of the camera. This will help you become more confident setting up a particular shot because you will have a better grasp on what works and what doesn’t.

One photo, many ways– This is a cool way to work on your photographer’s “eye” and define the type of visual impact you want to produce in your photos. Again, just pick one subject and capture it many different ways; this time, no two photos should look the same. Pick a bowl of fruit, a park bench, the architecture of a building, anything. Find something mundane, then something exciting. Discover countless angles, get closer or further away, shoot the front, side, and back of it, if possible, get above it, below it, and watch how these modifications change your photos.

Start a photo journal– Focus on one aspect of your life you’re passionate about, or want to change, then document that change through photos. For example, do you want to work on your fashion sense? Try putting both old and new outfits together to test your fashion styling skills, then take a photo of yourself every day (a tripod will be helpful for this!) to see how your efforts evolve. What about culinary arts? Maybe you’re passionate about the food you cook and wish to represent the process of making a dish, as well as the finished product, through stellar photos. This can be as casual or investigative as you want it to be!

Mood of the day– Take photographs that encompass your mood that day. Are you feeling stressed out about an upcoming work deadline? What does stress look like to you in your everyday life? Can you capture that in a photo? Maybe it means taking a picture of a clock, or a packed subway station with no train in sight (the struggle). What about when you’re feeling overjoyed? Do you snap a picture of someone laughing uncontrollably? A full cup of coffee? Whatever your mood is, communicating it in a photo is an awesome way to create more meaning to your work.

Happy shooting!

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