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10 Photography projects to improve creativity
Repeating patterns photography project
There are many things you can do to improve your photographic creativity. The key to improving your photographic creativity is to train your eyes to see things a little different than normal. You need to be observant enough to see patterns and shapes and lines the way that others don't see them.
Anyone can become a good photographer if they practice. Practice training your eye to see good photos. Being a good or great photographer is like getting good at anything else, you need to practice by training your eyes so you can visualize the shot before you take it.
Number 1 of my favorite photography projects to improve your photography is to look for repeating patterns. It can be anything but it needs to repeat several times to create a good pattern. Look for shadows, light through an object, or the way something is constructed. You will be amazed at some of the cool repeat patterns you can find if you really look for them.
Photography project 2 to improve your creativity is to go out and shoot photos that focus on a particular color. Pick subjects that have a single color that stands out or is highly contrasted with background colors or lack of color. Pick a color such as red, shoot only red subjects all day and make them interesting.
Photography tip 3 that will make you see thing differently is to shoot all your shots for a whole day with a single focal length lens. If you don't have one, set your focal length wide all the way, or zoomed all the way out. Take the most creative shots you can with the lens you have. Learn to make it good with what you have.
Pick a subject
Photography project 4 is to go out and shoot one subject for a day or a week, pick something like bridges, churches, trees, statues, bugs, anything that you can find several of that you can make interesting pictures from. Use your creativity when you find something, look at it from different angles, look from high and low and all around to find the best way to shoot it.
Photography project 5 take an everyday item and shoot it in places that you would not normally see it. Take a stuffed animal, your cell phone, a roll of toilet paper, anything that would make a good prop, and shoot it in places that you would not normally see it. Look at angles and height as well for the best shot. All these photography projects are to get you see things differently than you normally would.
Photography project 6 Go out for a day and look for circles or triangles or some shape. See how many places you can find it and take interesting shots of the shape your looking for.
Photography tip 7 Look for things that are decaying like buildings, cars, even a rusted tin can. Anything that is rotting or decaying. Look for different lighting. Get down on the ground and look at things from a different perspective.
Black and White
Photography project 8 go out shooting and shoot everything in black and white. Look for high contrasts and ways that may not look good in color but look great in black and white.
Photography project 9 walk around in a city and find interesting people. Ask them if you can take their picture before you start shooting so you don't cause problems. You would be surprised how many people like to get their picture taken.
Last but not least, photography project 10 take your tripod and go out at night and look for places to take shots of moving objects with lights. Take moon shots. Take shots of lit buildings. Stand in front of your camera leave the shutter open for a period of time and write with a flashlight. Experiment at night with anything that you think will make a cool shot. There are endless possibilities to the cool things you can do in the dark.
Anytime you get a day or a few hours that you can go out and play and experiment will be time well spent, you will learn to see things that you never saw before, and it will make you a much better photographer. The great thing about digital is that you can learn with almost no expense. I spent hundreds of dollars learning on film.
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