Creative 52: Weekly Projects to Invigorate Your Photography Portfolio

Peachpit Press
Lindsay Adler  
Peachpit Press
Total pages
October 2013

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Many photography students struggle with a mundane portfolio of work that lacks true impact. This book is a remedy for the “average” portfolio, and will enable portrait, wedding, or fashion photographers to create a portfolio of compelling images that is sure to help them differentiate themselves from the competition.


Many existing books use bland imagery simply to prove a technical point, while many fine art books are filled with beautiful imagery, but contain minimal (if any) educational insights and also have no relevancy to most working photographers. This book blends both: inspiration and education that photography students can take to the bank as they create images that attract potential clients.


Creative 52 provides 52 weekly challenges that push photography students to experiment with new concepts, techniques, and post-processing tools, culminating in a unique and eye-catching portfolio. The challenges encourage and invite the student to put the knowledge and inspiration of the book into practice, helping yield tangible results.


The author has taught on this subject dozens of times on major national platforms, and is a sought-after source as someone who pushes creative boundaries while achieving professional success.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Concepts

1.   Portrait without a face

2.   Tell a Story

3.   Use Sparklers or Fire

4.   Fantasy, Fairytale

5.   Make an image about 1 color

6.   Remake a famous photo or artwork in your own way

7.   Take the art beyond the digital image (paint on it, special product)

8.   Make a Mess

9.   Defy Gravity

10.   Project onto Subject

11.   Voyeur

12.   Person in frame multiple times

13.   Represent change or time

14.   Opposites

15.   Subject mimic background

16.   Underwater

17.   Environmental portrait

18.   Remake a photo from childhood

19.   Movement

20.   Humor

Part 2: Techniques

21.   Paint with Light

22.   Lensflare in camera

23.   Lensflare tools

24.   Crystal

25.   Negative space

26.   Lensbaby, Tilt Shift, Selective Focus

27.   Shoot an out of focus portrait, well

28.   Frame within a Frame

29.   High Key

30.   Low Key

31.   Reflections

32.   Pattern

33.   Silhoutte

34.   Use a Gel

35.   Graphic Location

36.   Unusual Angle

37.   Through glass

38.   Break a Lighting Rule

39.   UV Portrait

Part 3: Photoshop

40.   Lensflare Photoshop

41.   Add a Texture

42.   Selective Color

43.   Go grunge

44.   HDR Portrait

45.   Aged Photo

46.   Mirrored Image

47.   Porcelain Skin

48.   3D Image

49.   Composite

50.   Collage

51.   Layered Images

52.   Remake a movie poster


Lindsay Adler is a portrait and fashion photographer based in New York City. Her fashion editorials have been featured in dozens of publications internationally and her images have appeared in advertising campaigns and billboards throughout the country. An author of three books, you can find her as a platform speaker at events like WPPI, Photo Plus, Imaging USA, Photoshop World, and online at creativeLIVE, Kelby Training, and many more. She is the coauthor of Shooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them. Learn more about Lindsay at