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16 Photography Projects for 2016

There are many photography projects to choose from. I've got 16 photography project ideas to improve your photography skills. Choose one!

16 Photography Projects for 2016

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At the start of every year, or sometimes in the middle of one, a photographer, or mom with a camera decides that their goal is to improve their photography.  One of the best ways to start is to start one of the many photography projects out there.  Photography projects jumpstart your creativity, help you strengthen your photography skills and document parts of your every day life that you never would have captured otherwise. There are many photography projects to choose from, so for 2016, I’ve got 16 photography project ideas for you! Choose one and watch your photography improve! And have fun!

1) Project 365

This is one of the simplest and most popular photography projects out there. Simply, you take a photo everyday for 365 days. A project 365 is one of the best ways to improve your photography because it forces you to take a photo every day.  You can do this on your own by simply picking up your camera and taking a photo of whatever takes your fancy.  Or you can participate in photo a day challanges like The Bethadilly Challenge,  CM Glimpse from Clickin Moms  or Fat Mum’s Slim’s , Photo a Day Project   I’m determined to finish one this year! Wish me luck!

2)Project 24

When you can’t quite make it for a project 365, sometimes, taking 2 photos a week is just the thing you need. With this project, you simply take 2 photos a week, every week for the entire year.

3)A Day in the Life

With this project, you choose one day and take photos all day to capture a day in the life of you, your family, your dog..anyone. It’s a great way to capture routines and a slice of your life on what is an ordinary day.  I do these all of the time, and an easy way to do it is to set your timer every hour and take a photo.  You can do it with your DSLR or your iPhone.

4)30 Days of Thankful

Every Thanksgiving, or anytime for that matter, photographing something that you are thankful for for 3o days straight not only improves your photography, but helps you to acknowledge the things in life you are grateful for.

5)Pick one Lens for one week/one month/one year

Looking for a Photography Project for 2016? Check out my list of 16 photography projects for 2016

The idea behind this project is to stick to one lens for an extended length of time.  For instance, if you shoot lifestyle photography, try sticking with shooting only your 35mm for a month. Or for an even bigger challenge, try shooting only with a specialty lens like a Macro lens or a Lensbaby.

6) 10 on 10 Project

I love these! You take 1o photos on the 10th day of the month. It’s like a shortened Day in the Life. I love these because it forces you to pick and choose the best photos from your day.

7) 100 Days of….

Simply: take a photo a day, 100 days in a row. My favorite here is the 100 Days of Summer. I’m planning a challenge for one in 2016 and I hope you guys join me!

8) 52 Saturday Mornings

Simply, take a photo of your Saturday morning, every week for a year.   There is an active  group on Instagram that does this or this blog here.

9)Work Through a Book

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There are a few photography based books that are meant to be worked through.  Examples includes  Chris Orwig’s People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs and one of my favorites, The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs (Voices That Matter).

10)ABC Project

Take each letter of the alphabet and take a photo of something related to or that starts with that letter. You can stretch it out 26 days, 26 weeks or 26 months.

11) Black and White Project

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Take photos with the intention of converting them to monochrome.  If anything it will teach you what makes a good black and white photo. You can do this by converting to black and white or take a photo in black and white IN camera.

12)Letters to Our Children

Each month, write a letter to your child or children and  take photos surrounding the photos. Most photographers do this in a blog circle. We here at Everyday Eyecandy are doing a Letters to Our Children Blog circle every month. If you want to join up, request to join our Facebook page to join up in January!

13) Self Portraits

This one is a hard one, even in this world of selfie mania.  But a Self portrait project is one of the best way to get in the frame and practice composition, light and storytelling with a cooperative subject.  Most of these projects are weekly or monthly.

14)Shoot Like you are shooting film

Shoot Like you are shooting a roll of film: take exactly 36 shots like you are working with a “roll” of 36 exposures.  Be intentional every single time you press your shutter button.

15) iPhone only Project

Shoot only with your iPhone. Shooting with your iPhone regularly can help you learn composition, light and  framing. And it’s so easy! I’ve done a 365 with my iPhone and right now I’m doing a day in the life like project called Saturdays

16) Project 52

A Project 52 is a project where you take a photo every week for 52 weeks. It’s a great alternative to the project 365 if you don’t feel like you have enough time to devote to a 365, a Project 52 is a perfect alternative. We started a Project 52 project here on Everyday Eyecandy this year and didn’t quite complete it. BUT, I’m going to try again. I figure since I’m going a 365 project, why not add in a Project 52?

Ever thought about doing a photography project to improve your photogrtaphy? Try a project 52! It's the Perfect alternative to a project 265

 

Unlike last year, It won’t be a formal challenge, but something I will share on social media and here on the blog. If you want to participate, tag your photos #eyecandyproject52 so I can see!!

**UPDATED FOR 2017** We are doing another Project 52 in 2017. Join the Facebook group or check out this post for details and prompts!

So there you have it, 16 photography projects for 2016! Which one will you choose?

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    Fi Ní Neachtáin
    December 28, 2015 at 8:17 am

    This is just the post I needed to read today because I’ve been thinking of what photography projects I want to take part in come the New Year. I’m pinning this post and bookmarking for later. 100 Days of Summer, black and white challenge and Project52 would probably be my favourite out of the bunch. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Karen Commings
      January 18, 2016 at 7:33 am

      for more great ideas, see The Photographer’s Playbook. 500 pp of ideas from photographers/teachers.

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    Kate
    December 28, 2015 at 8:46 am

    All of these sound awesome! I like the sound of Project 52. I really need to be better about taking meaningful pictures, so this might be a great way to get started! Thanks for sharing!

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    Katie @ Recipe for Perfection
    December 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I am tempted by several of these photography projects. I would love to do the monochrome project, the self-portrait project, or to work through the book for taking better portraits. I do so much food photography that I’m honestly weak in everything else!

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    Emerald
    December 28, 2015 at 10:42 am

    These are some really cool projects and your son is absolutely adorable! I’ve always wanted to actually understand how to use my camera instead of just pointing and shooting. I really love pictures because they have the ability to capture a moment in time. Beautiful blog and these projects looks like lots of fun!

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    kita
    December 28, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I am doing the project 365 I am doing my notes today and putting down some of the people that I can follow along and do some of the prompts but based on my own project. I am ready to go starting on Friday. I hope I finish even if I am a few days late. I am going to plugin fatmum slim and bethadilly and all my hashtags. I am also doing a project 52 but it will be based on branding so can’t wait. Let the pictures begin

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    Yum Yucky
    December 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Letters to Our Children sounds like an awesome idea.

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    Leslie
    December 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I want a new camera! It’s been awhile since I’ve taken any photos of leisure other than my own time.

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    K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
    December 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Now that I have new camera, I’m looking forward to starting a 365 photo journal project for my kids starting after the New Year!

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    Candace
    December 28, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    God help me I’ll finish the Bethadily challenege, my project 52 was good and I actually finished soooo maybe there’s hope lol

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    rochkirstin
    December 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I have just gotten myself a new mirrorless camera and I’m excited to try different photography projects as well. It’s great to have stumbled upon this post. Project 365 indeed makes me more inspired to pick up my cam and take whatever takes my fancy.

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    Bre
    December 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I’m going to try Project 52 again this year. I think I made it 3 weeks in 2015. I have a book to help get ideas AND I signed up for the Brown Girl With a Camera workshop so I can learn some more tips and techniques.
    So glad you’re doing a hash tag to follow along!

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    Miles L.
    December 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    I love photos and how photography just capture the right images at the right time. This is an awesome list of photography projects and I am sure photographers would love to take up the challenge. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Tiffany of Macarons and Coffee
    December 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    I want to do Number 11- the black and white project!

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    Jenn
    December 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    These are great projects! I need to improve my photography skills this year! Too often I’m rushed or run out of natural light and am not happy with the results! I really love the idea of a Day in the Life of ….. I think I may try that!

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    Shelly
    December 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    These are certainly a lot of great ideas for those who are unsure of what they should take a picture of. It also gives a novice photographer a chance to hone their skills.

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    mimi
    December 29, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I am so determined to finish one of these. SO. Determined.

    I am thinking since I did complete NaBloPoMo I can surely do a 365 and a Project 52.

    I’m going to give both a whirl this year, especially since I do understand that I can use my cell phone which in the past I was against for some reason. I think I will still focus on using my DSLR but know if I get in a bind my cell phone will do.

    Here’s to 2016 photography challenges!

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      LaShawn
      December 29, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Yay!! yes, I am giving myself permission to use a cell phone photo here and there when I need to!

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    Susan Quackenbush
    December 29, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I Think ‘A Day In The Life’ would be my favorite project. I just love learning about different cultures, experiences, and day-to-day lives of other people. How fascinating that would be! 🙂

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    Natasha
    December 29, 2015 at 8:16 am

    These are great ideas! I love photography but afraid to commit to a challenge for 2016 with baby coming in Jan but then again maybe that’ll be more of a reason too. I’d love to hone in and sharpen my photography skills! Thanks for sharing!
    -Natasha | http://www.lovelyyoublog.com

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    Bernetta
    December 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I like quite a few of them, but I need to do the easiest one right now. I’m not sure. I like that day in the life, saturday morning, project 52… so many good ones!! I will see … let me think about it.

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    Tracy
    December 29, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I may try the Saturday one. I know that I would probably not stick to a 365 project, but doing the same day each week seems like an easy way to remember that I need to take at least one photo! 🙂

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    Amanda
    December 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I definitely want to participate in some of these projects. I haven’t taken my camera out for a while now.

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    December 29, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    This is AWESOME. I’ve got a DSLR, but I’m definitely waaaaaay new to photography! I think the 30 days of Thankful looks like my favorite. I feel like it’d just leave me feeling happier and more inspired by the end…and hella thankful!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Aileen Adalid
    December 29, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Now this is an interesting compilation of photography ideas! I have actually done the Project 365 before and I had so much fun doing it! Maybe I can get into the habit again. Thanks for this list!

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    Dina
    December 30, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I’m going to attempt to complete a 365 (again) this year as well. Let’s hope we make it this year coming up!

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    Jean B.
    December 30, 2015 at 8:44 am

    These are some great ideas… I have tried a few and never completed any. Maybe 2016 will be different. Great post!! I will be sharing for sure.

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    Kesha
    December 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Great post! Just what I needed. I am going to try your 52 week project! I think is something I can do, and possibly finish to the end.

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    daenel t.
    January 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I’m participating in your 52 week project. Posting on my other blog: http://www.withcoffeeandacamera.com and on Instagram.

    Have a happy new year!!!

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    geanine
    January 3, 2016 at 1:41 am

    I love the idea of a day in the life. I so often take pictures all day and feel like they do not nothing but take up valuable space on my phone and flash cards. Thank you for the idea.

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    Cheryl M
    January 17, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Quite an informative post! Someone on my friend’s list on Facebook share a link to your site. So glad I found you!

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    Tia
    January 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds super fun! I wanna try!

    -Tia
    http://retouchingblog.com

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    Olivier
    February 1, 2016 at 2:08 am

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    Cheers

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      February 1, 2016 at 5:43 am

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    Desy
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    Thanks for the ideas. I want to try Project 52 and ABC and hopefully, be able to finish them.

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    Thanks for the ideas. I want to try Project 52 and ABC.

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    Morgan
    September 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm

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    Angela
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