Spring Forward

springfwd Impending spring has me itching for my camera. Last year a pal invited me to participate in a 30 day photo challenge. It was fun to connect with other photo junkies and it helped me practice each day, even if my subjects were sometimes mundane. If you're interested in playing along with this lazy man's version just hashtag your photos on your social media site of choice with #miniphotospring. This challenge lasts only two short weeks and even has a day-off scheduled in. Take it whichever day of the week you like and feel free to mix up your assignment days.

#7 requires a little explanation and the idea was stolen from a photographer I follow online. See below.

The challenge starts on the day we all spring forward: Sunday, March 8th. Hope to see your pictures!



Power Hour

It’s a full hour broken into three twenty minute sessions:

  • 20 minutes of planning
  • 20 minutes of shooting
  • 20 minutes of editing


Take a gander through your favorite magazine, cookbook, or surf online. Decide on a random theme. For instance, if you see beautiful cake in martha stewart, you might be inspired to capture that mood or story of baking, finding flour, eggs, and baking tools in your own kitchen.


Set the atmosphere, the lens, and the light. Those 20 minutes could also be spend preparing a person for a portrait or finding a beautiful landscape scene outside. Take a few pictures.


In your last twenty minutes, go to your computer and upload your favorite 1-3 images for some quick editing. Lightroom, Photoshop, Picmonkey (free), or even just an app on your smartphone.  Finally, post your picture to your social media page and tag #miniphotospring. Don't forget to reflect about what you learned, what you would do differently, and what you're most proud of.


Claire Watson