A Minute A Month is a challenge I stole from one of my teachers last semester (find him at shooteditdeliver.com). Basically, the whole idea is to get out there and just shoot something! It doesn't have to be anything spectacular, it could just be the trees blowing in the wind! (I may have already used that) Of course, these days we can get so busy with work, school, and our daily lives, that finding even a few extra minutes can be a challenge. But at the same time, it's now easier than ever with all the technology we have at our fingertips. Cellphones are a great way to instantly capture a moment whether with a photo or a quick video. I think this is all the more important for those of us working or going to school for film, photography, or the creative industry. I also think it's important to keep it separate from work or school projects. You can give it your own creative style and not have to worry about being graded for it! Like I said, the point is to always be creating something, and at one minute a month, it doesn't get much simpler than that!

If this is something you would like to do yourself, I would love it if you joined me! My goal is to inspire at least one other person to take up the challenge with me. If you enjoy photography you could make a one-minute slideshow of what you shot that month! I do like to keep it somewhat challenging though. For instance in the January minute, I limited myself to shooting in my back yard. But since my dad loves feeding the birds and has to keep our wood stove stocked all winter, I had more than enough to shoot. Some ideas I have for the upcoming months are things like: limiting myself with what and how I shoot and challenging myself with new shooting styles.

If you decide to give it a go next month please let me know! Also if you'd like to do the same challenge as me contact me and I can fill you in on what I'm doing. I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who can put something together that's ten times better than what I could!

So go ahead, just shoot something, challenge yourself, and keep it fun!

Music: "Moving Forwards" by Josh Molen thetunepeddler.com


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