Photo Challenges


Are you up for a challenge? Do you fancy joining a group of photographers and stretching your photography skills? Great, I’ve got just the thing for you!

I recently saw someone tweet about a 30 day photo challenge and I thought, ‘we need to do that!’

Now this originally was a January 2015 thing because I know many of you had a few toys for Christmas but really, there’s no reason this can’t run on indefinitely! So if there are mentions in the videos about dates, just ignore it and get posting on here anyway 😉


So how’s it going to work?

As I say the original plan was 10 projects across the month of January but please jump in on any of these themes now and post up your photos in the moment section and let us see the camera settings and hear the story behind the photo if you don’t mind.
I’d originally built a forum on the back of the site but then after researching it further have opted to use Disqus comments on the blog posts where you can much easier comment below each assignment and upload your photos there too. The problem with a forum is that it’s another thing to log into and I’m not sure if they’ve seen their day. If however we don’t get on so well then maybe another month we can try the forum route.


Will we get training?

Absolutely! I’m not an expert in many of these topics but I’ll be giving you some coaching in most of the categories in the form of a ‘How to…’ blog post. The beauty of the Disqus commenting below each post is that you’ll be able to chip in and help each other, sharing some inspiring images or ideas. I’m really excited that this could be a launch pad for a community of friends enjoying our photography together.

So if you want to keep updated be sure to register for emails below if you haven’t already and I’ll let you know each time a new theme comes out.


  • Darren Goodall

    matey, I am really looking forward to this.

    Any seagulls?

    Cheers Darren

    • Adrian

      There may very well be mate 😉

  • Michael

    Sounds brilliant! Count me in!

    • Adrian

      Super 🙂

  • Alyce

    Sound good… i’m up to that
    ps just got my 50 mm lens which is good my.portrait photography 🙂

    • Adrian

      Well done, love that little lens!

  • Miriam

    I’m in!

    • Adrian

      Pleased to hear it 🙂

  • Gerry

    I’ve very interested, let me know how we get started. I find the challenge of an assignment will keep me doing it

    • Adrian

      I’ll be getting it sorted next week Gerry, just working out the best way to do it.

  • Anne Coles

    Really looking forward to this! I need inspiring 🙂

  • Just as an update, I know Gerry is certainly keen to get some details, I’ll be presenting you with 10 themes in the second half of December, each having some guidelines and a short tutorial to help you and then we’ll use this commenting system for you to reply and present your photos to the other participants.
    Does that sound about right? I haven’t done this before.

  • Debs Cook

    I’m looking forward to this. Hoping for a new lens for Christmas so I’ll be all set for the challenge!

    • Ooh, what did you ask Santa for?

      • Debs Cook

        A 50mm lens! Was researching the 35 and the 50 and have decided on the 50mm.

        • Both would be good but the 50mm would be equivalent to 75mm. Have a look through your zoom lens and see whether you prefer 50mm or 75mm. 75 is a lovely close distance but 50 (35) is more an all rounded. Just to get you thinking

  • Darren Goodall

    Hi SLR Coaching people, I finally have the new method up and running, yes Adrian I was concerned about spam etc. thanks for the reassurance.

    I am looking forward to time off over our Summer Christmas break down here in Australia , but most of all, The international, “The One and The Only Photo Challenge” from SLR Coaching.

    • Haha, no pressure then eh! Thanks Darren, you do put a spanner in the works with your summer Christmas don’t you, no snow shots then eh! Lol, looking forward to this too.

  • Darren Goodall

    Hi Adrian, would it be a problem for a northern and Southern Hemisphere situation? I don’t live any where near the snow so it would always be a problem.
    What do you think?
    Northern and Southern hemispheres for January?

    • Na, I’m just pulling your leg mate, everyone’s as welcome here… especially my no1 follower

  • Mamarazzi

    I am looking for a new photo challenge for 2015 and one that will also help improve my SLR photography…it has become too easy to do quick snaps with the phone cam. This one sounds great! But having never heard of Disqus before, is it easy enough to use that I won’t get that quitting feeling right off the bat? ☺️

    • Mama razz you’re already using Disqus

      • Mamarazzi

        Oh cool!

  • Hereward gas

    Hi Adrian
    after the first training day which so so helpful I’ve been trying out what i learnt.
    now i can set camera up on manual and change the settings etc, what about a training day showing about focusing on things like landscape shots i.e. where to focus etc I’m trying to get my head around foreground and background
    here are a couple of shots I’ve tried out what do you think?
    I have been trying out Lightroom as you can possibly guess from the last one

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