Week #19: A New Technique

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, May 3 and Sunday, May 10 (noon, Eastern)

Once you go down the photography rabbit hole, you’ll find yourself in a whole new Wonderland.Although photography has been around for a relatively short time compared to other art forms, there are already countless techniques, methods, and styles that photographers have developed to bend the craft to their wills. That’s one of the things we love about photography: it’s endlessly malleable, infinitely extendable, and never-endingly discoverable. Once you master one thing, you find that there is a whole world of other photography techniques to discover and devour. The 52Frames weekly photography challenge offers a great opportunity to dive into these photography techniques. Each week’s new challenge is designed to lend a entry point into a new way of thinking about how to use your camera. But we realize that everyone in our community is at a different place, and what may be new for you might be old-hat for someone else. This week, we want to make sure that EACH of you tries a new technique. We don’t care which it is, as long as it’s new to YOU. Perhaps there’s a tutorial you read a few weeks ago but you’ve been too nervous to try it out. Or perhaps you don’t even know what you don’t know. No matter what, this is the week to dig even deeper into the rabbit hole, and discover something Wonderful.

Tips and Tuts for this week:


  • To help you out, we’ve assembled a master list of photography techniques on our blog. With nearly 20 techniques (and growing, we’ll keep adding to it with your suggestions!), there’s surely a new technique there for you to try. We’ve even scoured the Internet to include the very best tutorial for each technique to help get you going. Of course, you can find your own tutorial or even choose a technique that is not on the list – as long as it’s new to you! The list is just designed to jump-start your creativity.
  • The key this week is to learn something NEW. Whatever it is. When you submit your photo later this week, we encourage you to write in your caption about a practical piece of photography you learned while completing this week’s challenge.

Looking for more inspiration? The Outside Your Comfort Zone album from 2014 has lots of photographers trying new things and facing their fears (see the Extra Credit!)

Extra Credit: Face a Fear

This is a long quote, but it’s one of our absolute favorites, so we’re including the whole thing: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” –Theodore Roosevelt Or, as Babe Ruth put it more succinctly: “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” That’s all you need to know for this week’s Extra Credit. Do something that scares you. Take a risk of actual failure. Face a fear, in the service of your shot. Are you afraid of stranger danger? Take a portrait of a stranger. Afraid of Photoshop? Try some composite work. Afraid of film photography? Use a film camera. Whatever you’ve been avoiding because it makes your heart beat faster… that’s what you should be taking on this week. Again, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!