The Bethadilly 52 – A Weekly Photography Challenge

#thebethadillychallenge 365 photography challenge has taken over instagram and is now one of the most popular photography challenges that is inspiring photographers to take control of their photography and improve their photography skill, one day and photo at a time.  to continue inspiring photographers to pick up their camera to document their lives and perfect their technical skill, i am excited to introduce the bethadilly 52, a weekly photography challenge that only requires photographers to take one photo per week over the course of one year.  let’s get started!

The Bethadilly 52

The Bethadilly 52 : A Weekly Photography Challenge | Bethadilly Photography

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if you are a little intimidated at the idea of taking on a 365 photography project or if you’ve already completed a 365 photography project and are ready for a new and fresh project, the bethadilly 52 is for you!  starting january 1st, 2017, we will take one photo per week together over the course of the year.  that’s only one photo a week and, with 52 weeks in a year, you are guaranteed to pick up your camera 52 times to take 52 images, while being introduced to a wide variety of photography techniques.

and i am so excited to help you do it.  the goal of the bethadilly 52 is for you to really think about your photography this year and improve your skill.  your weekly prompt word will challenge you and make you think.  it will encourage you to be creative and to really think about your photos.  my goal is for you to really improve how you take photos and to encourage you to think about each picture you take.  i don’t want your photo to be rushed, i really want you to take the week to really improve your skill with each prompt.

whether you take your weekly photo right away or wait a couple days, that’s totally up to you!  some photo prompts will be easy for you, while other weekly prompts may make you think and practice.  the goal is for you to take one really good photo, that you are happy with, each week.  it may require you to practice a little before you take that final photo that you are completely happy with, and that’s okay!  as you practice, know you are learning.  and learning makes you a better photographer.

once you are happy with your photo, share it with us on instagram using the hashtag #thebethadilly52.  using this hashtag will link your images up with our community and allow you to participate and network with other photographers who are taking on the bethadilly 52 challenge too!


How Do I Start The Bethadilly 52?

1. pick a camera, any camera

2. use the weekly prompt to inspire your weekly photo

3. take and post your photo to instagram, using the hashtag #thebethadilly52

4. watch your photography improve throughout the year, as you learn more about photography


while below you will find all 52 weekly prompt words, this project is to be completed one week at a time.  to be successful with this project, only work on the current week’s prompt word and focus your time on mastering each skill one week at a time.  taking pictures ahead of time for other weeks distracts you from the current week’s prompt and distracts you from focusing on the current photo.  give yourself the grace of time and spend the entire week focusing on the weekly skill, before moving ahead.  you will be amazed at the progress you will make with your photography when you dedicate 7 whole days to each photography skill.  we have all year to complete this list and the goal is to work on it one week at a time.

need help organizing your project 52?  check out what planner i will be using this year to write my weekly prompts in to help organize my photography project!  being organized and efficient is half the battle of being successful with a photography project.

The Bethadilly 52 Prompt list is exclusive to  Copying or posting this prompt list is strictly prohibited.

The Bethadilly 52 Weekly Prompt List

week 1.  documentary

week 2.  candid

week 3.  your style

week 4.  depth

week 5.  exposure

week 6.  from above

week 7.  love

week 8.  movement

week 9.  black + white

week 10.  self portraiture

week 11.  emotion

week 12.  shadows

week 13.  balance

week 14.  free choice

week 15.  bokeh

week 16.  connection

week 17.  framing

week 18.  lifestyle

week 19.  perspective

week 20.  motherhood

week 21.  landscape

week 22.  reflection

week 23.  negative space

week 24.  creative blur

week 25.  fatherhood

week 26.  street photography

week 27.  patriotism

week 28.  texture

week 29.  portraiture

week 30.  macro

week 31.  leading lines

week 32.  posed

week 33.  free choice

week 34.  repetition

week 35.  rule of thirds

week 36.  sunburst

week 37.  faceless

week 38.  natural light

week 39.  everyday

week 40.  backlit

week 41.  still life

week 42.  the golden hour

week 43.  clarity

week 44.  moody

week 45.  post processing

week 46.  silhouettes

week 47.  on your table

week 48.  low light

week 49.  creative composition

week 50.  inspiration

week 51.  low angle

week 52.  joy

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