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Create Amazing Photos in Your Backyard

Gather inspiration from somewhere close to home— your backyard! There’s a whole world waiting for you, just a few feet away.

Create Amazing Photos in Your Backyard

Gather inspiration from somewhere close to home— your backyard! There’s a whole world waiting for you, just a few feet away.

Here's How It Works

When you enrol in the Backyard Challenge, you receive:

• 6 Learning Videos

• 3 Special Assignments

• Personalized Feedback

Learning Videos

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with Zac Mills

Did my camera lens really get wet? I was shooting at what focal length? In this video I reveal the backstory to how I took one of my all time favorite photos.

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Who Lives Near You?

with Zac Mills

Did my camera lens really get wet? I was shooting at what focal length? In this video I reveal the backstory to how I took one of my all time favorite photos.

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Plan Your Shoot

with Zac Mills

Did my camera lens really get wet? I was shooting at what focal length? In this video I reveal the backstory to how I took one of my all time favorite photos.

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Shoot Your Shot

with Zac Mills

Did my camera lens really get wet? I was shooting at what focal length? In this video I reveal the backstory to how I took one of my all time favorite photos.

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Critique, Adapt, Execute

with Zac Mills

Did my camera lens really get wet? I was shooting at what focal length? In this video I reveal the backstory to how I took one of my all time favorite photos.

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Your Assignment

with Zac Mills

Did my camera lens really get wet? I was shooting at what focal length? In this video I reveal the backstory to how I took one of my all time favorite photos.

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Free

Your Assignments

Now it’s your turn. It’s time to apply what you’ve learned and go out and create new, original content in your backyard.

1. Capture Behavior

It’s time to capture interesting behavior. Look for moments when your subject is on the move, eating, sharing an intimate moment with its young, and so on. The more you get to know your subject and its behavior, the greater you will be prepared to capture a special moment when it happens, including when a fox comes over for tea. Let’s see what you can do!

2. Take An Intimate Portrait

Take a portrait to capture personality and individuality. But don’t be satisfied with a simple portrait. Instead, pursue a thought-provoking image that will showcase a familiar subject in a new and interesting way. Look for clean backgrounds and remember that your portrait does not have to be technically perfect as you capture the essence of your subject.

3. Creative Lighting

Photograph your subject in dramatic lighting to grab attention and showcase your personal artistry. Look for opportunities to create contrast, interest, and mood. You may need to experiment with your exposure settings, especially in side-lit and back-lit situations. For example, with strong backlighting, try underexposing to render your subject in shadow. 

Your Assignments

Now it’s your turn. It’s time to apply what you’ve learned and go out and create new, original content in your backyard.

1. Capture Behavior

It’s time to capture interesting behavior. Look for moments when your subject is on the move, eating, sharing an intimate moment with its young, and so on. The more you get to know your subject and its behavior, the greater you will be prepared to capture a special moment when it happens, including when a fox comes over for tea. Let’s see what you can do!

2. Take An Intimate Portrait

Take a portrait to capture personality and individuality. But don’t be satisfied with a simple portrait. Instead, pursue a thought-provoking image that will showcase a familiar subject in a new and interesting way. Look for clean backgrounds and remember that your portrait does not have to be technically perfect as you capture the essence of your subject.

3. Creative Lighting

Photograph your subject in dramatic lighting to grab attention and showcase your personal artistry. Look for opportunities to create contrast, interest, and mood. You may need to experiment with your exposure settings, especially in side-lit and back-lit situations. For example, with strong backlighting, try underexposing to render your subject in shadow. 

Personalized Feedback

Send us your assignment images (both original and edited) and our experts will provide constructive image critiques that will help you become a better photographer.

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