Ready for My First Photo

| May 31, 2009

It's almost time for A to Z Photo Blog's first post, and I've got to say... I'm a little disappointed in myself.

Well, maybe disappointed isn't the right word, but my photos show that I'm a little out of practice. I feel like I've lost some of my creativity. But I guess that's the point. I needed to start somewhere.

Hopefully as the weeks go by I'll feel more creative and have more variety in my photos. I have to say that the first photo I'll post tomorrow is a sign that I'm doing something right by starting this photo challenge.

Anyway, I look forward most to seeing what others have shot this week. Remember to post a link in the comments section of my A photo when you get a chance.

New Photo Blog to Launch

| May 24, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Attention photographers: Have you lost your focus? Has the flow of your creative juices come to a full f-stop?

A new photo blog hopes to inspire photographers and get them clicking away again. A to Z Photo Blog is the creation of Andre Rodriguez, staff writer and photographer of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

"As a professional writer and photographer sometimes I find that when I'm away from work I've exhausted my creativity," Andre said. "I've found it hard to keep myself inspired and motivated to shoot photos for myself.

"I searched the Internet for Web sites with weekly or even monthly photo assignments to try and spark a creative revival," he continued. "The revival came, but not in the way I was expecting."

After coming across many, many photo assignment Web sites that hadn't been updated in months--some which hadn't been updated in more than a year--Andre came up with an easy way to "assign" photos every week.

Beginning the week of May 25, Andre will begin looking for photo opportunities beginning with the letter "A." He will select his best/favorite photo from the week and post it the following Monday at A to Z Photo. The following week's assignment will be to look for photo opportunities beginning with the letter "B" and so on week-by-week, letter-by-letter through the alphabet.

Andre encourages all photographers--pros and hobbyists--particularly all those who have had a little trouble staying motivated to shoot more personal photos, to take part in A to Z Photo Blog.

Visit the site June 1 to see Andre's first photo and--if you'd like--submit a link in the comments to your photo of the week posted on your blog or photo sharing site.

Contact Andre Rodriguez at for more information.