39 Things To Put On Your Photography Bucket List

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I'm addicted to bucket lists.  I made one when I was 16 and it has made a big impact in my life.  A lot of my goals are photography-centric, which got me thinking about putting together a bucket list for photographers.  Here are some things that should be on your photography bucket list.

  • Photograph Iceland in a camper van for a week
  • Get the cover shot of a magazine
  • Photograph every sunrise and every sunset for a whole month
  • Go backpacking with your camera
  • Get your photo on a billboard
  • Shoot a film camera
  • Photograph a pro sports event from the sidelines
  • Go on a week long road/photo trip and make a photo book of the adventure (Thanks Frank Gomez for the idea)
  • Do aerial photography with a drone
  • Get 1,000 likes on a photo
  • Photograph Cuba (Thanks Cindy Eccles)
  • Take a wedding photography job
  • Become an Adobe certified Photoshop expert
  • Teach a photography basics class
  • Photograph your dream car in an epic location
  • Photograph for a charity like Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Help Portrait, etc.
  • Sell out on a limited edition print (Thanks Jennifer Thurston for the idea)
  • Own your dream camera
  • Photograph the northern lights
  • Sell a photo on a micro stock website like iStockPhoto, Fotolia, etc.
  • Photograph a baby in its first week of life
  • Get a gallery showing of your work in an art gallery
  • Take a photo that is beautiful enough that it makes someone cry
  • Photograph penguins in Antarctica
  • Print one of your photos, get it beautifully framed, and put it above the mantle in your home
  • Take a picture of someone using 5 flashes at once
  • Photograph 5 animals that could eat you (bear, lion, tiger, etc)
  • Print a calendar of your photos to represent each month
  • Photograph a model
  • Take a picture of your favorite city's skyline
  • Complete a 365 project
  • Get 1,000 followers on Instagram (and while you're at it, follow me @jimharmer)
  • Photograph every national park in the USA (Thanks Mary Mallnconico)
  • Sell a fine art photo to someone you've never met
  • Go on an African photo safari
  • Print a photo taller than you are
  • Take pictures of each member of your family
  • Do street photography of strangers in a major city

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Jim Harmer is the founder of Improve Photography, and host of the popular Improve Photography Podcast. More than a million photographers follow him on social media, and he has been listed at #35 in rankings of the most popular photographers in the world. Jim travels the world to shoot with readers of Improve Photography in his series of free photography workshops. See his portfolio here.


  1. Wondering why 39, is that how old you are? I’m thrilled I can check off a few of yours (shooting for cancer charity, complete a 365, sell stock photo)! I am excited about your list giving me some new ideas. Your question on the fb group only made me think of locations! I’d like to travel more. I do have shoot the sunrise and sunset everyday for a month on my list. But in my mind it’d be a month long vacation somewhere epic.
    My favorite of yous is take a photo beautiful enough to make someone cry. That’s a perfect goal!

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