Easy Photography Projects

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If you seem to be running out of ideas for photographic projects here are two rather simple in their scope which can be done with friends and require little effort and not much equipment other than a camera with a regular 55mm lens and perhaps a flash unit.

The first project involves a trampoline and a clear sky, preferably blue, although clouds will add some effects. About an hour before it gets dark have some of your friends, or models get on the trampoline and start jumping as high as they can. It is helpful if they are also wearing garments with fringes or flaps that will move in the wind.

As they jump you should be much lower than the subjects, preferably on the ground directly below them and aiming high. Record their images as they go up and as they come down. Avoid recording any part of the trampoline. The resulting images will make it appear as if your subjects are flying or falling from the sky.

A variation is to get your subjects very wet thus the water will spread in all directions with their jumping action and a water hose is perfect for this. If possible have them flap their arms too as they jump.

The second project requires a bit more preparation and a few other items besides your gear. Find a location that you can flood with about a few inches of water. Any flat cement surface will do. You should use any barriers that will keep the water from leaving the site, sand bags are good. You do not need that much of a space.

The area encompassed by about half of a tennis court is great. The space needs to be water retaining not water absorbent such as grass or sand. Once the area is flooded with water place a ladder almost in the middle and stand as far up as you can. Have your subjects start dancing or hopping in the middle of the field as your take their photographs from above.

The resulting images will give the impression that they are dancing or walking on water. For those of you that have a large pool, next time that you plan on emptying it, leave about half a foot of water then place a ladder in a safe position right above the subject and proceed with taking their images.

Because of the usual painting that are used in pools the effects are better than those done on regular cemented surfaces. Even better if the pool surface is painted a shade of dark sky blue or plain white.

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Be mindful of using flash for these projects. The light source should not be too strong or too close to the subjects otherwise you run the risk of creating a "wash out" effect and unnatural highlights and flash "hot spots".

However, in the first project unless the available light is sufficient enough for photographic purposes you may be forced to use a flash in order to freeze the movement of your subjects.

Try if possible, to use a remote light source which will fire once you depress the shutter angled at about 45 degrees in relation to your subjects.

On the second project you should be keenly aware that water is a reflective surface and may reflect the light back to you, thus creating "light hot spots" so shooting at a slight angle to the subjects is advisable and this helps to eliminate your own reflection from appearing in the photographs.

These two projects are fun and can be undertaken with the help of your friends who are sure to have a blast while helping you take great shots.

The first project is really done from a personal perspective and does not have too much of a commercial value unless the images are really exceptional.

The second project depending on several factors such as the surface that you plan on flooding can sometimes be submittable to photographic stock houses and to general photographic publications.

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Island Tropical 5 years ago

really nice.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Island Tropical: Thank you


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States

Love it.... thanks. You excel at black and white!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Very interesting and fun project. I am on a photo taking spree this month. I want to enter the November contest.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Cardisa:thanks, what contest???


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Robin Anderson: Thank you


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

There seems to be an art contest coming up on hubpages, poetry, photos, creative writing. Anyway interesting as always Luis. Voted ^. I've been working on my list. lol!!


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Thanks Lynn..wasn't aware of it, I probably won't enter sine HP has other "darlings" on their minds.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

There are three categories to the contest on hubpages this November for the Creative writing group of writers: prose, poetry, and photography photo galleries. It runs from Nov.1st to Nov.22nd. I'll be entering the poetry contest from time to time. Not every day, though, even though you are allowed. I don't believe the creative muse works that way. and I won't enter a poem unless I think it is worthy. I see myself entering one or two poems a week instead.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

By the way-your judges are not the HP staff. They are fellow hubbers who write the same kind of hubs-poems, short stories, and photo galleries.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

FloraBreenRobinson: Thanks, great information


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

These are both great project ideas! They would be a lot of fun. I love the hand motions of a lot of the people in the example photos.


Mayda Bosco 5 years ago

Very cool!


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

randomcreative: Thank you, and these projects are quite easy to accomplish.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Mayda Bosco: Thank you


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UniqueVanities 5 years ago from Ohio

Love these ideas! I'm not a photographer by any means--but I'm looking for ideas for my 16 month old daughter--any suggestions? (P.s. voted up, awesome, and interesting! :))


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

UniqueVanities: Thank you. What does your daughter like?

If she is into photography just give a camera with a couple of lenses and let her explore


Loquacious Laura 5 years ago

Thanks for the fun ideas! I am going to try them with my grandkids.


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LuisEGonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Loquacious Laura:Thank you, hope they have fun

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