World Photo Day

August 19th is World Photo Day.  It’s one of the first dates that the iPhotography™ tutors mark in their calendar every January.

Why?

World Photo Day is the only day out of 365 days that we, as part of a worldwide photography community, get to take over the international conversation for 24 hours. And all we talk about is photography!

If you’re new to World Photo Day then, fear not, because we’ve got your back. iPhotography will give you loads of great hints and tips about how to make the most of this special occasion.

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World Photo Day is a great landmark opportunity for you to get inspired, network or to take your photography to the next level.
  • Maybe you’re a beginner wanting to know where to start?
  • Or a hobbyist looking to improve your style?
  • Perhaps you’re ready to take the next step?

Whatever your position, use today as a photographic ‘New Years Resolution’ and start off the rest of the year decisive and confident.

So, with that said, let’s get started with a few fun photography facts…

Did You Know? 

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1. World Photo Day is celebrated on August 19th because on this day, in 1839, the French government bought the patent for the Daguerreotype and released it “free to the world”.

2. Thanks to digital photography, more than 350 billion photos are taken worldwide every year.

3. There have been 12 Hasselblad cameras left on the surface of the moon (if anyone wants a free one…).

4. The earliest known use of the abbreviation ‘photo’ was by Queen Victoria in a letter in 1860.

5. The world’s most expensive photograph sold, to date, is ‘Rhien II’ by Andreas Gursky for $4.3 million in 2011.

Join iPhotography Course

If you’re not already taking iPhotography Course then what’s stopping you? iPhotography is a fantastic place for beginners, hobbyists or more experienced shooters to hone their camera skills and push their creativity forward. Over 90,000 students have taken our course and experienced their photography dramatically improve, going from dreamers to believers. World Photo Day is a great time to start this new and exciting chapter in your photographic adventure!

If this is what your photography needs, then you need iPhotography! So, click here to take the first step.

Fun Fact – Taking a photograph is like taking a screenshot of life
Many of our students have taken the next step with their skills and passion to start their own photography business. But you don’t have to give up the day job just yet, fit it in around your spare time, weekends, evenings, sell prints online, contact other local businesses to display your work. Start small but think big.

To help get you started, sign up for the iPhotography Business course to give you lots of advice and tips about where to begin.

But don’t take our word for it, click the tabs to hear from some of our successful students…

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Seamus Bryans
I would like to share a little of my journey since signing up with iPhotography™, as your course has played such a major part of the most significant point of my life. The focus and drive I had from the very beginning of this course has never seemed to stop. My photography has been improving month on month. With no pre-thought or intention, a style seems to have developed with a celebration of the magic of life, and this obviously centres around my family and has starburst beyond, to keep me far too busy to have time to be ill.

I quietly battle my disease daily but I am looking beyond this. The news of my award with iPhotography has come almost simultaneously as being accepted as a provisional member of BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photographers) giving me 12 months to put forward a portfolio to secure my licentiateship. I am so excited but feel I will need to push myself very hard to achieve the high consistent standard needed to be a BIPP member – hoping for some tough critique from all of your tutors from now!! I cannot begin to imagine where I would be without the focus of my photography and I do thank you all at iPhotography for setting me off on this journey. I would also like to thank you all for your on-going support and dedication you give to all your students. 

To view more of Seamus’s work, please visit; www.fo2oimaging.com

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Shona Brand
When I started my business, I had my Canon 60D and a Facebook account (that’s it) and over the years I have just worked at building it up. I am now in the process of expanding my business and having a small staff as well. This course really did help me live my dream and still, after so many years I enjoy going to work. To think if I didn’t take the leap and do this course I would probably still be miserable in a dead-end job waiting tables.

I would just like to tell anyone reading this and considering if they should take the leap or not – just do it – your life won’t be what you want it to be if you don’t make the moves. I’m a high school dropout and I’ve worked hard to get my dream job underway and this course was a perfect start for me because I felt it was so easy to follow and it kept my attention the whole way through.

To view more of Shona’s work, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/shushuphotography

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Tim Archer
I think what makes iPhotography Course so great is the community that it has created. It’s a real confidence boost when you get nice helpful comments on your photos from fellow students and the tutors. I don’t think I would I have pushed myself to enter the competition last year at my Zoo and I would have never thought in a million years I would actually win anything if it wasn’t for everyone at iPhotography.
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Start a Photography Blog

In conjunction with World Photo Day, as well as sharing your photos with the world then why not tell people how you’ve created them, what inspired you, the problems you’ve encounter and funny behind-the-scenes stories? It’s a great idea to humanise your photography and writing a blog or even starting a vlog is a perfect way to connect with your potential audience. Websites can be free and easy to set up for any technophobes and you can post your picture, stories or memories day or night, as often as you want.

Make it personal and reflective of yourself, don’t try to emulate other photography bloggers. Successful blogs are honest, consistent and fun to read. Why not have a look at our iPhotography blogs for some inspiration?

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Fun Fact – Before photography, people didn’t know what they looked like when they were children

Start a 365 Project

If your camera sits on a shelf for most of its life, then simply challenge yourself to take it everywhere you go for 1 year. Use World Photo Day to begin a 365 project. These are very popular and diverse, just take one picture every day and aim to improve your skills as the weeks go by. It doesn’t always have to be your big SLR either, try using your smartphone’s camera too.

Here’s a few topics to kickstart your project;

  • Selfies (this is a really fun one, especially if you change your hairstyle a lot, or you’re planning to grow a beard!)
  • One colour (only yellow objects or black & white)
  • Same subject (skies, cars, birds, sunsets)
  • Same shapes (circles, triangles, curves, leading lines)
  • Outfits (take a picture of your outfit every day)
  • Weather (there’s no excuse for not doing this one)

Whatever you choose: start today – stick to it. 365 projects take dedication and most fail after the first month.

If 365 pictures seems too much for you, then try a 52-week project – 1 picture per week, just like our #WeekendChallenges!

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Have a Photography Outing 

Grab a map and go outdoors this World Photo Day!

Find a friend or go alone. Take your camera (along with a few spare batteries and memory cards) and see what happens! Forcing yourself to visit new places opens your eyes to the opportunities that are all around us; you just need to be there to see them. Don’t sit around feeling envious of other photographers, be the one that others are jealous of. You don’t have to celebrate World Photo Day at home, get outside and see the world!

Fun Fact – Before photography, nobody knew what they looked like with their eyes closed
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Watch a Photography Film

When World Photo Day is starting to wind down then keep those passionate embers burning by watching some brilliant photography films or documentaries. Here’s a few of our personal favourites;

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Genius of Photography – This series created by the BBC explores every aspect of photography from its foundations to its modern-day style in a beautiful documentary.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tales by Light – A Netflix creation featuring 12 episodes which follows photographers around the world pushing their skills to the limit.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bill Cunningham New York – This is the story of the famous street photographer, Bill Cunningham, whose photography began a subculture movement which is still present today.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kodachrome – Another Netflix original about a fictional famous photographer who is trying to reconnect with his estranged son while on a road trip to develop his last ever roll of 35mm film.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pecker – Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci star together in this late 90’s cult film about a young boy who can’t stop taking photographs. This brings him overnight fame – which comes at a price.

There are so many more films and documentaries about photography available, so set aside a little time for yourself one night to get inspired.
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Try a Self-Portrait

As photographers, we’re not accustomed to being on the other side of the camera, but give it a try. As well as being cheaper and quicker than finding a model, it’s a good way to practice your portraits before branching out! It’s good to appreciate what it’s like to pose for a photo.

Your relationship with photography can become stronger and more creative if you are in complete control. You don’t have to have your face in every shot either, try creative crops, detail shots and unusual angles. Incorporate these self-portraits into 52 or 365 projects as well to make it more enjoyable.

Fun Fact – An older photograph of you is of your younger self
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Make a Print

What is the point of taking a picture to store on your phone or computer for no one ever to see? It contradicts the reason we take photographs if we hide those memories away.

So why not print out some of your favourite and most precious moments and give them to friends?

Prints are so cheap these days.  If you’re not too fussy over quality you can get deals for new customers from online printing companies who deliver your prints straight to your door.

It’s important to have tangible backups to your digital files in case the worse happens to your computer or laptop.

Make someone smile on World Photo Day and give them a gift they can frame and display and bring a little joy to their lives.

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Fun Fact – Every photo that you take is a once in a lifetime opportunity

If World Photo Day has got your creative juices flowing then you may want to know that you can push boundaries of visual art further by editing your photography using our incredible iPhotoshop Course.

It’ll help you to develop a niche style and distinctive portfolio and in this modern age of digital photography virtually any idea can become reality. So join our iPhotoshop Course to make those dreams come true!

World Photo Day won’t appear again for another 365 days so don’t say that fatal phrase, ‘oh I’ll do it tomorrow’, kick start your passion and stoke the photographic fire in your heart and transform your photographs from good to great!

From the iPhotography Team

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