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What is the best way to get the creative juices flowing?

This is one of the frequently asked questions and also a difficult one to answer. If someone were to take a few hundred random photos, it’s likely that at least some of them would turn out to be pretty good. I experienced this for myself when I first started out in landscape photography. However, I found that whenever I attempted to take a specific type of photo, my lack of skill became quite obvious. When I took this shot of Marymere Falls, for example, I struggled to work through the details of setting up my camera. It wasn’t until returning years later that I was able to come away with the shot I had hoped for.

  • Marymere Falls, 2001

  • Marymere Falls, 2010

Over the years, I’ve learned that one of the best ways to learn about photography is to shoot with a specific intent in mind. That’s where Creative Challenges come in. If you’re hoping to develop your technical skills and your eye for composition, these assignments will guide your time in the field by providing specific goals for you to work toward.

Creative challenges are short photography assignments that will help you to push your skills to the next level by giving you an intention to keep in mind while you are shooting. After completing the assignments, you’ll have the opportunity to share your images in the comments with fellow learners and to be inspired by their interpretations of the assignments.

There is NO purchase or subscription fee necessary to participate in creative challenge. Participation is absolutely free.

We hope you’ll make the most of these creative challenges by committing to push yourself and give your absolute best with every assignment.

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.
Patience is a virtue...unless you are chasing your dreams