Woot woot! Great news everybody! I am so excited! Can’t wait to tell you all about the new crazy project that Drisual and I came up with for this new year! 

We had enjoyed over this year participating and meeting all of you guys. It is the best thing that have came with the 52 weeks of photographic madness. Nevertheless, as life tends to get in the middle of our projects, and sometimes taking the time to organize every single week to do a small shoot it is not the easiest and that’s something we’ve noticed – through you and in our own experience –  and we totally understand. Also, it has been an amazing way to get out of our confort zone and practice some new topics and techniques. Therefore, this year we’ll do some montly projects.

Let me explain the reasons why we’ve decided to change this and we came to the conclusion that this will be the best way for us to improve our photography.

  1. Drisual and I are quite ‘explosive’ photographers – I am pretty sure nobody calls it like this, but I mean that we like to hang, go out, explore and take pics as we’re feeling it in the moment, we like to improvise, a lot. So we thought that it’ll be good for us to develop a little bit our planning, think about the style, colours, the story telling and make sense about a series of pictures. This means becoming a bit more reflective. This doesn’t mean everything has to be plan to the tiniest detail – we know that’s not gonna happen, not for us at least – but to take some time, to think and arrange before shooting and see pictures not only as an individual thing.
  2. Having 4 weeks allows you to explore a topic in depth, decide where you are going to put the focus and take your time to research techniques, strategies, landscapes, models or props needed for the project to keep moving forward. My idea – personally and absolutely not mandatory – is dedicating the first week to think about the project and how to do it, I mean: how do I understand the topic, the colours I want to use so it is consistant, ideas that come to mind and how to engage them… Yes, I mean, to plan it thoroughly. Second and third week will be dedicated to organizing the shoots and I’ll use the last one to edit the pics I think belong to the project.
  3. It will increase our creativity and will help us to develop our photography style. In my case, for example, if you go to my Instagram you’ll see some topics are always there: people, landscapes, sunsets… Although, I change my editing style so often they don’t look like shoot by the same photographer! There’s no “Nucky Dana’s style” and that’s something you only can improve when you work with pictures as a whole and not individually.

How is this gonna work?

So this year we’ll keep using Instagram for the challenge, using the hashtag #Drucky19. We came with 12 challenges fairly open so each one of you can adjust them with their photography style or what they like to shoot best. I can’t wait to see all the different ways to shoot a topic depending on who’s behind the lense and their style!

And in plus, we’ll open a 13th challenge that will be completely free style! You choose the topic and how to do it, completely personal project, you can run this all year round!

How many pics can I upload?

You might be wondering. As muchs as you want, as far as they have a consistent style and a common concept to be considered a project. You don’t have to take the pics at the same time, same day. Not at all. But you need to make them match and have the same aesthetics.

Is there a prize?

As we did last year we want to give you a little something so you can keep yourself extra motivated.

All through the month we will be uploading and sharing with you our favourite pics on our InstaStories, regardless of the project they belong. And by the end of the month, Drisual and I choose our favourite project and we’ll share it on our Instagram and our blogs so they can reach more people. Moreover, by the end of the year we’ll choose the final winner! Whoever wins more projects all over the year will get his – her – favourite project printed.

As you can see the dynamics of the challenge is basically the same, we just change a bit the style and hashtag.

We will be writing posts with tips, advice, information and some mood boards to help you and keep you inspired. So don’t forget to suscribe to the newsletter!

See ya in #Drucky19!

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