Freestyle: Weekly Photography Challenge

Freestyle: Weekly Photography Challenge


This week your photographic challenge is to set yourself a photographic challenge and to share your results!

A shot I took of one of my kids this week after I set myself the task of shooting a series of shots with the theme of 'backyard heroes'.

That’s right – we’re not going to set you a specific theme – we want YOU to set yourself one based upon your own goals and life circumstance.

This is NOT a chance to take a week off – not at all – this is your chance to

  • think about a type of photography that you want to improve on
  • or to think about an upcoming event that you’ll be attending and how you might photograph it
  • or to think about a photographic technique that you want to try and master
  • or to think of a particular subject that you want to photograph
  • or to think of a theme that you’d like to explore

The key is to be proactive with your photography and to set out to photograph something rather than just to just randomly shoot if and when the circumstances arise to do it.

Once you’ve identified your project tell us in comments below what it is (a little public commitment may help you follow through) and then go photograph it!

Once you’ve taken and selected the ‘Freestyle’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using our embed tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSFREESTYLE to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Zoom challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Amit Barkan October 8, 2012 03:22 pm

    Where has all the water gone?

    My DPS Freestyle: Black and White HDR Statues

    For more on my Freestyle go here:

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  • Ancy Alexander October 7, 2012 10:21 am

    My challenge was to go around my neighborhood and capture fall harvest and halloween decorations. I personally loved this one.

  • Dale Vande Griend October 7, 2012 07:32 am
    I went out and started working on photo panorama project. I didn't post them all because I want to post the whole project at once, but here are a few.

  • Joie Fadde October 6, 2012 08:03 am

    Why can't I see my previous comment with my photo submission.

  • Harry Halstead October 6, 2012 06:22 am

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  • Joie Fadde October 5, 2012 10:08 am

    I have been using some of my action figures as models being they are cheapand don't complain too much. In this shot, I created my own movie poster for the next Captain America movie due out in 2014. My challenge to myself was to capture the motion of the spinning shield being thrown by Captain America while also getting some good lighting. To do this, I attached the shield to a power screwdriver and held it in place as I shot the photo... The speedlite was still freezing the star but you can see the ghosted image of the star from the spinning shield. Minor PS used to eliminate the screwdriver and add the text. Did not want to use it for the actual spinning motion.

    Manual Exposure, Shutter: 0.5 second exposure, f/5.6, 24mm, ISO 100, Speedlite at camera left with Stofen diffuser.

  • Harry Halstead October 5, 2012 04:02 am

    I took this picture because of my love for boats. The colors jumped out at me my only regret is i wish I had taken them at a higher Mega pixel. I would like to have this one printed in a large picture, I hope it won't distort in the process.

  • Furqan October 5, 2012 03:11 am

    This is a picture I took while visiting Duluth, Minnesota. I used my Sony Nex C3 with Minolta MD 50mm 1.7

  • Luke October 4, 2012 10:10 pm

    I just purchased my first dslr a month ago. I read about this technique of zooming while using a long shutter speed and thought I would try it.[eimg link='' title='Bee-line' url='']

  • Zoe Louise Clark October 3, 2012 08:04 pm

    Hi i have eneterd a photography but it was my first time. How do you know who the winner is? x

  • Zain October 3, 2012 06:10 pm

    I am a sucker for heritage buildings and classic architecture. For now I am collecting information and taking pictures of heritage buildings in Malaysia whose architecture was based on or inspired by Mughal Architecture - the architectural style popular in India during Mughal Empire in the 17th century. In Malaysia Mughal Architecture was introduced by the British colonial government towards the end of 19th century. Many buildings at that time adopted Mughal Architecture with their prominent domes, chhatri, cuppola, horse-shoe arch, ogee arch, keyhole arch as well as long passageway for ventilation to adapt to the hot and humid tropical weather.

    Please check out the selected photos of Mughal Architecture of several buildings in Kuala Lumpur here:

    If you are interested to view more photos of the same building please click the source gallery given under each picture.

  • Mark Baily October 3, 2012 03:24 am

    [eimg link='' title='Alfie at the courts,Holt' url=''] another from child photography

  • Mark Baily October 3, 2012 02:48 am expanding my child photography challenges I set myself

  • Mark Baily October 3, 2012 02:43 am

    Another of my child photography challenge I set myself

  • Liz Vuziy October 2, 2012 11:43 am

    Practicing close up shots of people.

  • Liz Vuziy October 2, 2012 06:08 am

    Taking better close up shots of people.

  • Liz Vuziy October 1, 2012 03:24 pm

    Trying to improve on close up shots

  • Liz Vuziy October 1, 2012 03:19 pm

    Trying to improve on taking close up shots of people.

  • Daniel October 1, 2012 10:19 am

    My first attempt at doing some light painting;

  • Mandy October 1, 2012 09:44 am

    Playing with my new Macro Filters. I read about this in a book I purchased and thought I'd give it a go. Canola Oil in water over a colorful background.

  • Mark Baily October 1, 2012 07:02 am

    Trying to improve my child/baby photography

  • Jessie Zimmerman October 1, 2012 04:00 am

    This week I think I am going to work on low-key photography (There is my little bit of public commitment), low key portraits more specifically.

  • Satesh R October 1, 2012 01:12 am

    Want to improve my macro so I decided on that route... Thanks for viewing:)

  • raghavendra September 30, 2012 12:46 pm

    i have created a story through pictures in a comic style

  • Ljubo September 30, 2012 08:20 am

    I would like to improve soft colors tehnique, something like that

  • Tom O'Connor September 30, 2012 04:23 am

    Freestyle: Hurricane Isaac aftermath (weeks, weeks later):

  • Andre Bazzana September 30, 2012 04:05 am

    First time uploading a photo in the weekly photography challenge...

  • Azeem Raja Syed September 30, 2012 12:17 am

    I tried to take a photo of a bench which is always free in a sidewalk

  • Scottc September 29, 2012 10:39 pm

    From a previous "10 Meters" challenge, what you could photograph within 10 meters of where you were when you read the challenge.

  • Jai Catalano September 29, 2012 10:26 pm

    How about my son playing the piano in his underwear.

  • Oliver September 29, 2012 07:20 pm

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    I'm trying to get better and better at Light Painting Photography. Sometimes a photo I thought had not turned out is indeed quite good. This one for example is one of me trying to create a light sphere, when just after I started my LED orb tool broke...

  • steve September 29, 2012 05:59 pm

    Autumn is here so my current challenge is to capture the colors of the season:

  • Seb September 29, 2012 03:12 pm

    I tried to use a grey sky as a lightbox :

  • Robert September 29, 2012 11:14 am

    In the iOS game "Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery ", when your character is low on health, you can see her leave fadey imprints of herself as she walked. I loved the effect and tried to recreate it in a long exposure :P
    [eimg url='' title='14766143']
    would like to improve on this, as well as long exposures in general

  • Inkid September 29, 2012 10:20 am

    Would like to improve couple shot, especially on the lighting side

  • badflea September 29, 2012 08:05 am

    This is a great opportunity to study my works and my techniques and try to find the motivations in order to improve my skills....

    Here a attempt to catch the "movement"...

  • Zoe Louise Clark September 29, 2012 06:34 am

    Hi, first time entering a photo into one of your competitions. My freestyle theme was 'CATS'. The cat in my photo is our familty cat called puma. It was taken with my Canon EOS 1100D with an 18-55mm lens.

    Hope you like it :

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