Light Up Your Life | Project 52

The biggest thing, in my humble opinion, that will forever change your work is when you finally, truly, “see” light. Of course, we all see it all the time, but do you really look at it? Do you see how it changes the way things appear? Using great light, well, can take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.

This is what I want this project 52 to be all about. Searching for and using great light. I’m not saying every week your photo has to be totally and completely amazing and jaw-dropping, because let’s face it, that doesn’t happen all the time. I just want you to always be thinking about it and use light the best you can each week.

I’m going to show you a couple photos I took while on vacation that I feel show what I’m talking about. How light, even just a little bit of it, can “make” a photo.
So this first photo, I knew I was going to use in this post after I took it. I was following my family as we walked through the village and saw that bit of light falling down to the ground in that spot that was just ahead of my husband and son. So I put my focus on that spot and waited until they stepped into it… and click! The photo I took before this one, was very blah. (I wish I had saved it, but I deleted it in camera!) In the one shown here though, the light on my son really showcases him and shows the movement in his body as he walks, which by the way, is never just a walk, it includes a lot of other movement and sometimes hopping! lol!!  Any way, my point here is, “seeing” that bit of light and waiting for them to walk into it made this photo way better than it would have been. SO! Look for that light!

The other photo I wanted to share with you and talk about in this post is one I took on our flight home. The sunrise was completely amazing but couldn’t be captured justifiably through an airplane window. I was seat-hopping as the plane was rather empty and ended up in a seat behind my son while he was playing with his window and also admiring the clouds and sunrise. There was not very much light, most of the plane was dark, but sometimes having just enough light to light up your subject is amazing. I love capturing moments that don’t know they’re being captured – it’s so real.

I think with both of these photos, it shows that moving around, or maybe waiting for your subject to move, helps a lot with finding light or finding the right time to capture something. So always move around, physically, looking at a place or person from every angle. But also move those eyeballs and look for something to make your photo stand out just a little more.

I also want this project to be just about capturing life as it is. So in that respect, this project will follow suit to my last one. This is the kind of photography I love. Just capturing a moment before it’s gone and having a way to keep it forever.

Now let’s get to the details of how this will work…

I will do a blog post every Monday to kick off the new week and to give you a word (or words) of inspiration. I don’t like the idea of themes, personally, because I like to let my photos happen naturally. My daily photos last year usually just kind of fell into my lap and that’s the way I prefer it. So, you can choose to follow the word of inspiration for your weekly photo, or you can simple just follow the light. ;)  This is more about seeing light than anything else. I don’t like a lot of rules when it comes to photos, I want it to be fun for you and I don’t want you to feel restricted at all possibly making it hard to finish out the project. Any way! After this initial post, I will ALSO be spotlighting one photo each week as well as showcasing a few feature photos! I will choose a total of anywhere from 5-10 images each week. I will be going through and just picking the ones that grab my attention, so please don’t have any hurt feelings if your photo isn’t chosen. I am sure they will all be beautiful and I can’t wait to see them all. :)

Posting your Photo:

In order to be considered for the weekly blog feature, your photo needs to be posted to my facebook page. If you have a facebook page of your own, I do ask that you add that link with your post so that I can add it to my blog post if your photo is chosen as a feature. I will ask that your photo be posted by 7:00 pm EST every Sunday so that I have time to get the blog post together for posting. Late submissions *may* be considered, but no promises. ;)

I’ve created a facebook group  as a way to help keep us all motivated and having fun with the project. We can post our photos, chat about them, or ask questions! I want it to be a fun and safe place where anyone is comfortable to post their photo. I reserve the right to ban party-poopers from the group! ;)

Now! Let’s get this started!

The first Inspiration for the year is “Break the Rule of Thirds” … because, well, I don’t like rules. ;)

  • December 31, 2012 - 11:01 AM

    Bettie Hensley - HI!ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2012 - 7:07 PM

      Erin Hensley - Hi Bettie! ;)ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2012 - 12:27 PM

    Sarah - What day of the week are our submissions needed?ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2012 - 7:07 PM

      Erin Hensley - Any day of the week is fine!ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2012 - 7:50 PM

    jess - Thank you for doing this. I started following your 365 project just a few weeks ago and found it so inspiring! I lost my photo passion and need to rekindle it and I think this is just the thing to do it!ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2012 - 8:13 PM

    Kellie - I myself did the 366 project last year and wanted to do Project 52 this year I think itd be awesome to follow your themes!ReplyCancel

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  • January 1, 2013 - 12:38 AM

    Karin - I’m excited to do this with you, Erin!! Once a day was too much for me, but I think I can do once a week! :)ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2013 - 12:43 AM

    Bren Hughes - Love this idea…i’m in!!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2013 - 5:02 AM

    Kris Hofer - I am in! I love it… I want to get involved in something to motivate me! So don’t laugh when I manage to not know how to post the images etc! LOL Hey I will be interesting if nothing else! ;) Happy New Year Everyone! xoxo KrisReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2013 - 6:22 AM

    Gina Parry - I’m in xReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2013 - 8:30 AM

    Gini Kessler - I’m in for the challenge for the new year!ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2013 - 8:56 PM

    Katie Walker - Deffinitley going to attempt this. Thanks for hosting. Tried a 52 last year and bailed out, i really hope to keep going this year!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2013 - 1:11 AM

    Netasha Ruffolo - I loved following your 365 project!! Lifestyle photography is something that really requires talent and creativity. I look forward to this challenge to help me grow as a photographer and keep me motivated! Thanks for inspiring me. :)ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2013 - 3:59 AM

    Sarah - How do we submit our photos?ReplyCancel

  • January 3, 2013 - 5:40 AM

    Tara eveland - Hey girl! I love your photography! Instead of being all confused in the group I just decided to come here and actually READ the blog lol amazing that ppl still ask how to submit photos lolReplyCancel

  • January 5, 2013 - 1:14 PM

    Erin Hensley - If you follow the link to my fb page, that is where photos should be submitted. :) Thank you so much everyone! I’m so excited about this!ReplyCancel

  • January 7, 2013 - 7:50 AM

    Light Up Your Life | Project 52: Week 2 » erin hensley photography - […] late! If you want to play catch up, PLEASE do! My only rule is that there are NO rules! Check out this blog post for more information on this project and find out how you can have a chance to have one […]ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2013 - 2:45 AM

    The Joy Project » - […] I would not be doing another list of resolutions this year.  I had already decided on doing the Light Up Your Life Project with Erin Hensley which is more of a personal photographic project.  The purpose of this was to take pictures using […]ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2013 - 8:34 PM

    Heather Armijo - Joining a little late but can’t wait! So often, I forget to pick up the camera and capture my own life, which is what inspires my work to begin with! Thanks for hosting!ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2013 - 1:09 AM

    Week 1: Breaking the rule of thirds « Melissa Schantz Photography - […] If anyone else is interested in doing this project, click here.  […]ReplyCancel

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