The topic of our final photography assignment of 2014 is Holidays! We will be working on this one for the ENTIRE month of December, so whatever holiday(s) you happen to celebrate this month, show us your best photos!

The rules for the assignment, as always, are simple:

  • Your photos have to be NEW, as in taken between now and New Year’s Eve – Wednesday, December 31 – NOT something you took last year, last week or yesterday. No fair scrolling through the old photos stored on your hard drive or phone to find that really super hilarious photo you took of your Uncle Phil in his Santa suit last Christmas. The idea is to go out into the world with whatever picture-taking device you have and come up with the most interesting and creative NEW Holiday shots that you possibly can.
  • You may submit up to 10 (TEN) of the best Holiday shots that you took during the month of December, 2014. Accompanying captions make it more fun but aren’t required. If you submit photos of identifiable people, be sure you get their permission to have their photos posted online!

That’s it! As mentioned, you have the ENTIRE month of December to complete this assignment so there are NO EXCUSES! At some point between now and Thursday, January 1, 2015, email up to TEN Holiday photos to me at and put “HOLIDAYS” in the subject line. The results of this assignment will be posted here in the blog on Saturday, January 3.

As always with these assignments, please keep in mind that you don’t need a fancy-schmancy camera to play along. It doesn’t matter what kind of picture-taking device you use – DSLR, point-and-shoot, camera phone, etc. – it’s all good. The important thing is to PARTICIPATE! These photography assignments are just for fun and also to help you become a better photographer by training your eye to see specific things or by practicing certain techniques. There’s no critique involved, no judges, no winners, no prizes… just the most interesting and creative HOLIDAY photos you can muster with whatever camera you have available.

Let me know if you have questions about this assignment. If not, get out there and get to it! Remember… BE CREATIVE, use good composition techniques, and, most of all, HAVE FUN! The more the merrier, so please share share share this post and tell your friends about the assignment so they can play along too!

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting some tips and techniques to help you improve your Holiday photography, so keep an eye out for new posts! (Or better yet, SUBSCRIBE to receive 39° North Photography blog posts in your email. Look for the Subscribe box at the top of the right sidebar).

Here are a few Holiday examples from my own archives:

Holiday Lights at the Denver City and County Building

Christmas Sophie

Christmas Sophie

photo 3

Snowy Wreath

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