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Photo a day in August: Week 3 Recap


While the challenge is technically to take a “photo a day” I figure as long as I have as many theme photos as there are days in the month of August, that’s good enough for me. 🙂 So when my in-laws came to town so we could hit up the Iowa State Fair, I brought my camera along. With all of the eye candy on hand, I was able to snap a photo to fit all seven of the themes for this week: ready, food, faces, inside, hole, today, cool. It was certainly nerve-wracking to shoot in manual in the fast-paced crowds of the fair, and for every good photo, there were PLENTY of shots that were completely blown out or way too dark…but I feel like I’m getting better at thinking on my feet and adjusting to the conditions. Practice, practice, practice!

Photo A Day in August: Week 2 Recap

I blame the fact that I was a party girl this past week for my lack of camera photos (and catching up after the fact with several iPhone pictures). I did still manage to get out the real deal for three of them, but either way, I love seeing snippets of my week come together in a collage. The themes for this week were glasses, messy, ring, purple, spoon, simple, and arrow. It’s been so cool to follow the challenge on Instagram and Twitter and see how so many people have so many different takes on these one-word cues. I’m wondering if it could make for some cool abstract artwork to print all four weeks’ collages in black and white and mat/frame them somewhere (maybe in the new basement when it’s finished?)

August photography challenge

Last January, for my birthday, my friends and family helped me to buy my very first dSLR camera. It was love at first sight and I have used it nonstop and experimented with a couple new lenses and flash…but a year and a half later, I was still working in auto mode. All the time. I was so pleased with the upgrade in photos after simply buying a nicer camera, that it was easy to forget how much more I could do with this camera, if I’d just take the time to learn.

My summer goal has been to get comfortable learning the ins and outs of all that this little baby can do. I’ve taken a couple classes at my local camera shop, read lots of books, and I’ve been devouring a bunch of online tutorials on how to get into manual mode. It’s been fun to be a student again and learn something new, but I’m constantly yearning for some new subjects beyond my hubby with only so much patience and the scene off our back deck.

Enter the Photo A Day August challenge! Every day there is a new topic around which to photograph. I’m going to make an effort to carry my camera with me more this next month and stretch my comfort zone to get some unusual shots. I figure even on days or at times I can’t use my dSLR I can at the very least whip out my iPhone to get the day’s shot. I’ll be posting weekly batches of my photos, I’d love to see yours as well! If you want to play along, here is the list of photos to take in August and check out her full post linked above if any of the daily topics have you stumped. Happy shooting!