Close Out 2023 by Improving Your Photos

While simply photographing whatever you would like whenever the inspiration strikes is a perfectly fine way to enjoy the craft, one of the best ways to improve is to undertake a structured project that progressively grows in difficulty. This six-week challenge is one such project, and it is the perfect way to close out the year. 

Coming to you from Craig Roberts of e6 Vlogs, this great video introduces Roberts' six week challenge, which will help you improve your compositional eye and efficiency. One of the parts I most appreciated about this challenge is the focus on creating good images in a small, local area. If we don't live somewhere remarkable, we can easily be tricked into thinking the only way to create worthwhile images is to travel somewhere. However, compelling shots can be created no matter where you are, and learning to do so in places where you are not relying on the scenery to do the heavy lifting will make you a stronger creative. Furthermore, it is simply far more satisfying to know you created a great shot through your discerning eye rather than your travel budget. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Roberts, and give the challenge a try! 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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As someone starting with a smartphone this is absolutely perfect. What better way to practice than by taking photos with a bit of purpose instead of just going, “oh, I took a decent one last month.”