Shut up and Shutter is a weekly photo challenge started by two photographers, Ryan McGuire and Katie McTiernan, to shut them up about excuses why they can't shoot and to help keep their photography fresh and their shutters clicking. The challenges are open to everyone so if you need a little creative kick in the ass, please join us!
How to participate: Post your weekly challenge picture on Instagram no later than Sunday. Make sure to tag your picture with the challenge number and the #SUAshutter tag. Tagged pictures will appear at the bottom of this website automatically and Ryan and Katie will be critiquing pictures and sharing their process through this journey on the Shut up and Shutter Medium page.
Remember to push yourself with each picture. Go outside your comfort zone and take each picture as if it was your best.
Someone who you strike up a conversation with and learn something about.
Someone eating something delicious. Brownie points if you catch them with their mouth extra full
Someone making a silly face that makes you smile
A sincere laughing picture
A person making their life harder than it needs to be.
Industry damaging the environment, but maybe made to look beautiful?
Irony or Iron Man. Whichever you find first.
Be Wes Anderson for a shot
Someone creating something
A scene that could be a dream
First person high-five picture
Caught in the act, the act of anything
Emotionless, staring at the camera, close-up portrait
Popped collar (Real or requested).
An interesting picture of the backside of someone's head
Performing a mundane task
A person you're afraid to take a photo of
People using public space in different ways at the same time
The quintessential cloud
An image of the sky not looking like the sky
Something that produces smoke or steam
A vehicle that doesn't look like it's safe to be on the road. Bonus points if the owner proudly poses with their vehicle
Once you start the half year long "Shut up and Shutter" weekly photo challenge you are committing to sticking with it until the end. If you miss a challenge you need to donate $25 to donorschoose.org to support classrooms full of creative kids that are eager to follow through with their creative passions.