Lesson 1: Set your Intentions

I love my DSLR but I love my iPhone equally for different reasons. And I LOVE teaching iPhone photography!

I love my DSLR but I love my iPhone equally for different reasons. And I LOVE teaching iPhone photography!

These days, we all have pretty amazing cameras in our pockets and purses just by default. Everyone is a photographer, or has the ability to be one, without having to have set any real intention of doing so.

You don't even need to decide to buy a camera - you already have one! And you don't need to decide whether to bring a camera with you in order to have the ability to take photos at pretty much any given time - likely you always have one on you.

However, a little intention can go a long way.

When you set your intentions, it's the difference between being reactive and being prepared - the difference between photographing your kids as an afterthought and intentionally creating a role for photography in your life.

So let's be proactive and set some intentions for how you would like to complete this course.

Put this into action:

Of course, you could just use a camera like the one Liam made at camp to take photos with his mind, but then it would be a little hard to share your assignment photos :)

Of course, you could just use a camera like the one Liam made at camp to take photos with his mind, but then it would be a little hard to share your assignment photos :)

1) Are you going to use your smartphone, your DSLR, or a little bit of both?

As mentioned in the overview, the focus of this course is on smartphone photography, but if you're comfortable shooting in aperture priority or manual mode feel free to do some or all of the assignments on your DSLR)

2) Are you going to complete assignments daily or weekly?

If you work part time or are home with your kids daily, you can follow the "put this into action" section each day and you'll be in good shape to submit your assignment at the end of the week.

If you don't have a lot of time daily with your kids, the assignments can easily be completed weekly.

3) Confirm your commitment to your photo-a-day project and upload your first photo!

Start your photo-a-day project at TinyBeans

Start your photo-a-day project at TinyBeans

I recommend that your photo-a-day project (read the welcome for more info) be separate from your Jumpstart assignments. As you take your photos, keep the assignments in mind, but ultimately you should pick the photo that captures what you most want to remember about the day for your photo-a-day project, which may not be the "best" photo and it may not be the best photo for the assignment either.

Also, if you don't have a lot of time daily with your kids, your photo-a-day may not be of your kids (this could be true even if you are with your kids all day!) whereas you might want to wait and do the assignments with your kids. Either option is absolutely fine - choose the one that works best for you.

4) How will you share your photos with family and friends?

I have started getting into instagram lately - follow me @aletheafitz and use #photosanity and #photosanity30days for this challenge

I have started getting into instagram lately - follow me @aletheafitz and use #photosanity and #photosanity30days for this challenge

It really does take a village to raise a child. And it may sound silly, but one way to create and draw that village to you is through sharing your photos. When you share the moments in your life, you give others the opportunity to connect to you, and you give yourself and your family the opportunity to be seen and supported.

How will you share your photos from the next 30 days with family or friends? Maybe you are going to continue using the means you already have been using, maybe you want to add a new medium, or if you haven’t been sharing your photos recently, I suggest picking one medium that you would be most excited about using.

Some options:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Email
  • TinyBeans
  • Plus your favorite channel of choice, as well as any or all of the above!

Today’s photo prompt: What are you excited about for September?
Up next: Make your phone accessible

Note: I'll be giving you daily photo prompts to help you in your photo-a-day project but they are completely optional. Ultimately you should choose the photo for your project that best reflects what you most want to remember about the day.

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