Project 52 is an established concept in the hobbyist photography world. Its basic premise is simple: A hobbyist photographer wants to motivate himself to become better in his chosen hobby. He therefore vows to take pictures more often. Specifically, he decides to determinedly shoot, edit, and upload at least one “high-quality” image per week for a year. (Therefore the “52” in Project 52.)
I have decided to take on this challenge. I have owned my Lumix GX1 for a year now, and have only uploaded 54 pictures, most of these taken on just three separate occasions. I definitely feel I need to up my game, and I hope challenging myself to such a Project 52 will do so. I know from myself that doing so privately often results in, well, not a lot of results. So by publicly stating that I will do this, and by publishing my pictures every week, I hope to keep up the motivation.
So without further ado, here is Week 1:
This is Week 1 – Looking Glass.
Not a completely original idea, but I think it came out fairly good! I had actually planned to do something else, but after trying and severely failing to get that done right, I was left with little time left in the week, and a looming deadline. So yeah, Week 1 and already close to missing the deadline. Not a great start.
I’m going to see it as a learning experience though. Next time I’ll plan the shoot earlier in the week, which will give me some more time in case my idea doesn’t pan out.
This shot was accomplished by basically hanging a black sheet over a door, sitting in front of it with the camera on a tripod. There is a red LED bicycle-light behind the Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 lens.
I took some additional “creative self-portait” shots since, now that I had this “studio” set up anyway, I figured I might as well. These can be seen on my Flickr Photostream.