Using Photo Prompts to Improve Your Photography


I (Katie) am always looking for ways to improve my photography skills, so I love taking online classes and reading posts about photography. I also realize that the only way to actually become a better photographer is to keep on taking pictures! Yep, it’s one of those things that you have to practice at. Of course, I can always pick up the camera and take a photo of my kids, my dog, or my house, but I also long for inspiration to help me branch out and try new things. I crave photo prompts, and I love that you can find so many great ones (for free) right on the internet. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite resources for photography idea lists with all of you.



Capture Your 365 – Katrina Kennedy’s site (yes, the same Katrina that writes about photography right here at The Daily Digi!) Katrina offers a free printable pdf document each month with a photo prompt for every day. I’ve been collecting these as long as she has been offering them. I have them stored in my Google Docs account so I can access them from any mobile device or computer. You could also print them all out to keep in your camera bag. One of these days I will actually complete an entire month of prompts! You can find the pdf for May right here and access past lists right here. This month, Katrina is hosting an extra May Merriment challenge of exploring themes throughout the month of May. You can read more about it in this post.


iheartfaces is a fun site that hosts a weekly photography challenge. Of course, the focus is on the faces at this site, so keep that in mind as you look at their photo prompts. You can find out what’s on the agenda for the next few weeks by visiting this page. The challenge for this week is “Soft and Sweet” – fun!


Rebecca Cooper (who is a very talented paper scrapper) is offering a free Spring photo pdf checklist on her blog. I’m not sure if this is something she is planning to continue, but she does have some beautiful photography on her blog! I really like her “Simple Things” series.



Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) issues “Photography Assignments” on her photography blog. She picks a theme and people from all over the world submit their photos to her photography assignments Flickr group. She highlights several of her favorites and picks a winner. I always feel so inspired by these posts! You can find all of the past photography assignments right here.



The Digital Photography School site always has a lot of photography inspiration to keep me motivated. I also like the weekly photography assignments issued in their forum. Great ideas!


Is anyone surprised that I would list flickr here? I LOVE flickr! There are many groups on flickr that will help you with photo prompts and inspiration. It’s a BIG community and chances are, you’ll be able to find at least a few photography challenges to be inspired by. Groups are the way to go on flickr, you can join them and play along, or just use the ideas as prompts. Some of my favorite groups are:


I know that many digital scrapbook forums also offer photography idea lists and prompts. Do you have any favorite resources to share? I’d love to hear about them!


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