30 Days of Photography: The Pictures, the Process, and the Skills behind the Progress

For 30 days learning photography was my day-to-day. I followed more than 30 hours of photography courses and Photoshop tutorials and spent at least double those hours trying to put everything I learned into practice. I enlisted the help and expertise of photo editing queens and kings and raged through the works of photography masters. This is a journal of the photos that I took during this time and of the courses and exercises behind them. 

PHOTO DAY 1 · moving away from auto mode

Followed photography course “Beginner Canon Digital SLR (DSLR) Photography” by JP Pullos.

PHOTO DAY 2 · shooting strangers

Photo assignment no.1 “5 Yes, 5 No’s” from “Street Notes: A Workbook & Assignments Journal for Street Photographers” by Eric Kim.

PHOTO DAY 3 · some like it clean

Photo assignment no.2 “Clean Background” from “Street Notes: A Workbook & Assignments Journal for Street Photographers” by Eric Kim.

PHOTO DAY 5 · walk the walk

PHOTO DAY 7+8 · zero to hero

Followed “Photoshop Beginners Mastery: Zero to Hero in Photoshop” by Dr. Chad Neuman.

PHOTO DAY 9/30 · getting closer

Photography exercise “Simplify” from “Ten More: Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear” by David Duchemin & photo assignment no.4 “Subtract, Subtract, Subtract” from “Street Notes: A Workbook & Assignments Journal for Street Photographers” by Eric Kim.

PHOTO DAY 12 · give me stars

Photo editing session with Dee Alkhatib.

photo & edits by Dee Alkhatib

photo by me, edits by Dee Alkhatib

photo by Mr.G, edits by me

PHOTO DAY 14 | pt.1 · mono, I’m in love

Photo exercise no.10 “Shoot Monochrome” from “Ten More: Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear” by David Duchemin.

PHOTO DAY 14 | pt.2 · the one before my battery died

PHOTO DAY 16 | pt.1 · overcoming the fear of asking, again

PHOTO DAY 16 | pt.2 · giving up on contrast

Photo exercise no.2 “Better Contrast Creates Better Stories” from “Ten More: Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear” by David Duchemin.

PHOTO DAY 16 | pt.3 · trying depth

Photo assignment no.4 “Create Depth” from “Street Notes: A Workbook & Assignments Journal for Street Photographers” by Eric Kim and photo exercise no.4 “Create Depth” from “Ten More: Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear” by David Duchemin.

PHOTO DAY 16 | pt.4 · what about art

Photo exercise no.6 “Pay Attention to the Moment” from “Ten More: Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear” by David Duchemin.

PHOTO DAY 17 · three out of hundred

PHOTO DAY 18 | pt.1 · markets no more 

PHOTO DAY 18 | pt.2 · focus at last

Discovering the diopter adjustment dial (“Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography“, section 4, lesson 27, “How to Adjust the Viewfinder Focus”).

PHOTO DAY 20 · white skies killing me softly

Learning Lightroom and how to get some color in overexposed skies back.

PHOTO DAY 21 · damn you, “quick” selection tool

Learning to composite pictures in Photoshop.

PHOTO DAY 22 · glitter, and pop

Photo editing session with Rushdi Jamari.

photo and edits by Rushdi Jamari

photo by me, edits by Rushdi Jamari

PHOTO DAY 24 + 25 · six hours down, twenty-four to go

Followed “The Platform’s Biggest & Most Popular Photoshop Course” by Manfred Werner.

“How to Create a Dreamy & Soft Glow” – Section 5, Lecture 50


“How to Create a Faded Effect in Photoshop” – Section 5, Lecture 51

“Creating a Valencia Color Effect in Photoshop” – Section 5, Lecture 52

“Sliced Photo Effect with Masking Technique” – Section 5, Lecture 53


“Adding Texture to a Portrait” – Section 5, Lecture 54

PHOTO DAY 28 · one more time

PHOTO DAY 29 + 30 · tell me everything

Read “Bryan Peterson’s Exposure Solutions: The Most Common Photography Problems and How to Solve Them” by Peterson and practiced the photography techniques as explained in the book.

Tell me what you think. Connect with me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram (links match comment pages) and let me know: How do you think I did? What’s your favorite photo? And which of the photo exercises, assignments or courses look interesting to you?


FURTHER READING

In Photographer for a Month, I share the insights that I gained into the photographer’s lifestyle and a complete list of all the resources that I used during my photography spin-off.