There are lots of ways to improve your photography, from attending local sessions with a professional, or reading and watching tutorials online.
But perhaps the best way to improve your shots are by actually getting out there with your camera and practicing as much as possible.
It can take a bit of motivation to pack your camera bag and head out, especially if the weather isn't great, or if you've got no clue what to actually photograph. This is where photography challenges come in! Most challenges centre around taking a photo everyday, or finding subjects to shoot that you usually wouldn't have considered.
There are loads of photography challenges listed online, so we've rounded up some ideas to help inspire you:
The challenge: Take one photo every day.
One of the most influential photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, famously said that your first 10,000 photos are your worst, so this challenge of taking at least one photo everyday will certainly help you on your way!
The photo could be of anything, no matter how mundane it may seem. You could post them to social media with a hashtag labelling each day, so that at the end of the challenge you have a whole album to look back on. You might be surprised to find what photo opportunities that may be around you.
Alphabet Challenge The challenge: Take a photo that illustrates each letter of the alphabet.
Starting with the letter A, you'll need to find a subject that has the letter in, or perhaps something starting with A. This will really encourage you to take a deeper look at everything around you, and to get creative!
You could single out letters in interesting signs around your city, or just stick with subjects that start with each letter. This could be a great way to document where you live in a unique way.
We wonder what you will find for X and Z....
Selective Colour The challenge: Pick a colour and only photograph subjects that fit in with the colour scheme.
You could choose your favourite colour, or go for something that really stands out, such as bright red or yellow. You'll find that you'll start noticing this colour and lot more, and be finding ways to photograph them creatively.
You could put all of the photos you take together at the end to create an interesting collage or photo series.
Something that makes you happy everyday The challenge: Photograph something that has put a smile on your face each day.
This is a lovely one! You could be photographing anything that makes you feel happy, or in a good mood. Could be something simple such a crunchy leaf on the floor, or a relative or friend.
This challenge will really encourage you to get your camera out and not be afraid to photograph a small detail, or subject that you previously would have shied away from.
One Lens Challenge The challenge: Pack light and only use one lens to photograph.
It can be so tempting to pack all of your kit when out and about with your camera! Time to leave the spare lenses at home, and challenge yourself to photograph the world around you with just one of them. Bonus points if you're using a fixed focal length lens such as the 50mm!
This will encourage you to find new angles and viewpoints to play with the restrictions on the lens you have. Maybe you won't be able to zoom in, so you have to physically walk closer to the subject, or you've got a wide angle lens so you need to look at the bigger picture.
The bonus with this challenge is that you'll be sparing your shoulders from lugging round a heavy camera bag.
The Self-Portrait Challenge The challenge: Take a series of self-portraits
This is the challenge to go for if you're feeling very stuck for subjects - just use yourself!
How can you take self-portraits in various different ways? You could use reflections, different frames, change up your camera settings...
You could also take it one step further and set up a tripod and pop your camera on self timer mode to capture yourself within a scene.