It's Week #32:
Inspired by a Famous Photographer

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Photo by: Tonda Phalen, inspired by David LaChapelle –  Week 48: Inspired by a famous photographer (2016)

Modern day cameras are quite amazing if you take a moment to think about it. We can shoot in extremely low-light scenarios, capture an airplane in the sky or zoom in on the details of an ant. But, as we all know, the camera is just a tool. At the end of the day, it is the photographer’s unique creativity and insight that, creates a photograph. So for this week’s challenge, we are focusing on photographers!

You are all going to choose a famous photographer and emulate her or his style. Study your chosen photographer’s work intensely and carefully. Maybe even try out new techniques and expand your creative comfort zone.

Look critically and try to understand what makes your chosen photographer’s work so distinct. Hone in on a few unique traits of their art and see if you can incorporate some of their style in your own work. Because, as you know, it is not about the camera – it is about the photographer.


Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • A good rule of thumb (but not ironclad) for who is a “famous” photographer is whether they have a Wikipedia page. You can refer to this comprehensive list of photographers in Wikipedia.
  • Here are some lessons we can learn from two masters of photography.
  • A small summary of some of history’s most iconic photographers.
  • And because there are not enough women on the previous list, here is an amazing group of female photographers you should definitely have a look at.
  • Study a couple of photos from your photographic mentor and take note of the following: What is their photographic ‘genre’? (Portraits, landscapes..etc.). What is their source of light? What is the message the photographer wanted to convey. How did they compose their photo?
  • Don’t get overwhelmed. Choose a photo from your photographer’s work that speaks to you the most. Then go about emulating this style. This can, but doesn’t have to be, very similar to the original. You can make it your own.
  • We encourage you to share a link about your famous photographer’s work you in your text description, as well what you have learned from this week’s challenge.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Inspired by a famous photographer” album from 2016 and the album from 2015. And of course, the Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: Chosen for you!

For some extra credit joojoo, let US choose your famous photographer! This is a great way to push yourself even further out of your comfort zone, learn about a new style, or even discover a photographer you’ve never heard of! To have your photographer selected for you, CLICK ONCE ON THIS LINK, and the man behind the curtain will give you a name!


To participate in the EC, you must choose the first name given to you; do not refresh the page.

Thanks to Ernst Muller for compiling and creating this great random photographer generator! 🙂

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!
*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

Past Challenges - 2015