Shooting Challenge: Something Totally New

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We're very familiar with that surrounding our day to day lives—so much so, that we can be caught in creative ruts. For this week's Shooting Challenge, I want you to leave that life and photograph something totally new.


The Challenge

Take a photo of something you've never photographed before, in a place you've never been before. Don't just fish through your pockets. Don't attempt to half-ass this, or there's no point. Go do something totally different and photograph the experience.

The Technique

I moved to the city a few years ago. At first, I thought photographing all the buildings was fascinating. Then it got tired, and I lost a lot of motivation. The landscape doesn't inspire me now the same way.

The grass is always greener on the other side. So don't get sad about that; take advantage of it. And consider, not just a new subject, but a new technique in the process. Dig through our archives and try something you'd always been meaning to try. Take your camera out of comfortable modes. If this week feels comfortable, you're doing it wrong. Be a tourist in your own town. Lose your confidence and find it anew.

The Example

Our lead shot is by flickr's Alex E. Proimos, of police in Chile. Alex had no idea what they were laughing about, he didn't speak the language, but maybe that made him enjoy the scene more—to see something that would otherwise be overlooked. My point is, you can find this closer than across the world. Go to an event from another culture or social group. Find something new in the world and try it out for a day.


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced (read more on that above).
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you're using is fine.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, September 3rd at 10AM Eastern to with "New" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameNew.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameNewWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

Mark Wilson is the founder of Philanthroper, a daily deal site for nonprofits.



Damn it! I forgot about this, and I worked so hard getting the shot too :(

Anyway, I present to everyone: My Colon.