Now that you know how to take great photos , it's time to put those tips into practice. This year, promise yourself to shoot better and more often — and get started with these photography challenges. From shadows to shapes and everything in between, there's no way you'll get bored when you're out there capturing the world one snap at a time. Instagram superstar status, here you come.
Bold hues are always eye-catching, especially when you get more than one — or two — things of the same color in the same photo.
The next time you're around water (or, more obviously, mirrors), stay on the lookout for any photo-worthy mirror effects.
Whether two things are identical or a little bit off, don't hesitate to snap away when they're right next to each other.
Look for the same patterns in a row, and you're almost always guaranteed a standout picture.
There's something so dazzling about curves, be it on roads or stairs or other everyday objects, that make them great photography subjects.
Shadows can be particularly breathtaking if you're at the right place at the right time.
As ordinary as they are, lines can also be dramatic if you happen to capture them in a unique way (like when they intersect or repeat).
Sometimes not photographing the whole scene can lead to a wonderful photo — there's something beautiful about the element of mystery.
Try getting really high up or low to the ground for a different perspective the next time you're out shooting.
Pockets of Light
Golden hour — also known as the first and last hour of sunlight — is usually the most beautiful time to shoot, because it gives off a soft effect. But you can also find stunning pockets of light, depending on where you are, no matter what time of day.
Don't forget to look for silhouettes — outlines of someone or something against a lighter background — when you're out chasing light.
Black and White
Taking photos in black and white gives off a totally different mood than shooting in color; experiment with the tones to get a striking effect.
Sometimes the up-close-and personal details of a photo can tell viewers more about what's going on than a wider photo.
Shooting a person in his or her everyday environment — usually at home or at work — is a lovely way to represent someone.
Circles, squares, triangles — there's something so fun about capturing shapes, especially when they're in a unique form.
Whether it be an athlete or a car, motion is an interesting subject that is a little harder to capture but well worth the resulting image.