August My Great Outdoors Through the Lens Challenge

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Welcome to the “Enjoying the Great Outdoors” August Challenge! With the sun shining brightly (and hotly, is that a word?) and nature in full bloom, there’s no better time to take in the beauty of the world around us.

Whether you are an avid photographer or simply someone who loves the outdoors, this challenge invites you to take on a journey of exploration and creativity.

Grab your camera, pull on your hiking boots, and join us as we immerse ourselves in the wonders of nature, seeking to capture its magic through our lenses.

Get ready to discover photographers eye, embrace the weather, and freeze moments in time – let the creativity begin!

Challenge Topics

Week 1 – Minimalistic Marvels (August 2nd – August 8th):

Find the beauty of simplicity and minimalism during this weeks Challenge. Explore the great outdoors with an eye for clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and a focus on the essentials. Look for scenes that convey a sense of tranquility and elegance through their simplicity. Find subjects where less is more, allowing negative space to add depth to your compositions. Remember, sometimes the most striking images are the ones with just a few well-chosen elements.

Week 2 –Minimalistic vs. Negative Space (August 9th – August 15th):

Jump into the world of minimalistic vs. negative space and see how it can elevate your outdoor photography. Negative space is the empty or unoccupied areas surrounding the main subject in your image. Use this week’s Challenge to find scenes where the open spaces complement and emphasize the subject, adding a sense of balance and harmony to your photographs. Look for large skies, endless landscapes, or even an isolated tree against an empty horizon. The absence of other visual distractions can create a great narrative and highlight the beauty of the area.

Week 3 -Uncover Local History (August 16th – August 22nd): NO CLASS ON AUGUST 23rd

Immerse yourself in the history of your local area during this Challenge. Dive into the stories and landmarks that tell your community’s past. Wonder the great outdoors, look for historical sites, old buildings, or even natural landscapes that hold secrets to the region’s heritage. Create images that tell the past and reveal the coexistence of history and nature.

Week 4 -Foreground Focus (August 23rd – August 30th):

Turn your attention to the foreground as you begin on this final Challenge of the month. Learn foreground focus to create eye catching compositions that draw viewers into the heart of the image. As you explore the great outdoors, search for interesting things in the foreground that can serve as eye-catching lead-ins to your main subjects. It could be a flower, a rock, or any natural element that adds depth and dimension to your photographs. Use the foreground as your main focus of the image.

Remember, the background and middle ground will be slightly blurred or not as sharp as your foreground.


Each week upload your images to the Facebook group. Join our weekly meeting to discuss the images and techniques you used to create the images.