Creative Photo Projects
Get out your photography rut by discovering creative photo projects that can stimulate your creativity and challenge your photography skills! Photography can be done from a number of different viewpoints, times of the day or night, using different camera settings and techniques, etc; and, you can also use post-photo editing to create beautiful works of art that you can be proud of. You can also center projects around a certain theme.
The type of camera you have may limit your total creative possibilities, but I have listed below a few projects that can be done with camera phones and simple point-and-shoot cameras. If you have a smartphone camera, then you may also have further creative possibilities, like using various on-camera filters. Modern digital SLR cameras offer the greatest range of creative possibilities, through the use of various creative settings, apertures, ISO settings, filters and lens selections.
I go over a few possible creative photo projects below. Note that this is not a static list, so come back and visit once and a while to see what else I have added - photos, videos, links and more ideas.
1. Fat Mum Slim Challenge
The Fat Mum Slim web site has a way of helping you direct your thinking in doing a daily shoot over a month, several months or even a year-long project if you wish. For each day of every month, a particular theme is given for you to take a photo. If you would like to see an example of an ongoing project that I am doing in this regard, go to my Photo a Day Project 2013. I sometimes have difficulty choosing one photo, so I may publish several for one day. I am enjoying the creative process that makes me look at things differently, instead of randomly taking photos.
Similar challenges are available which you can customize or create on your own, like A-Z challenges where you pick a different letter per day and find things that represent that letter or a word that you have chose from that letter. You may also use the letter as a hint for a composition style, finding something that resembles its shape. Just keep to a system and follow it through and you will be pleased with the results.
2. Light Painting with a DSLR Camera
3. Broad to Narrow Perpective
This type of project can be done with landscapes and other subjects that have many components, but a broad perspective. You can take a panorama or a wide-angle shot and then find out all of the different perspectives that you can glean from a more detailed examination of your broad subject. Make a finite number of sub-photos of each subject, say 30 or 40.
4. A Day in Someone's Life
Do a photo series of someone's life during a typical day. It could be your mother, grandmother, brother, sister or even you. Maybe you might want to get some help taking your photo if you are the subject. What is it that is typical about you or your subject's day, and where are the settings in which you live, work or go to school? A series of different family members could be a special gift to yourself and your family that you will treasure as time passes.
Reader's Project Preferences
Of the following types of projects, which are you most likely to do?
5. Choose A Style with a Fixed Theme
There are many different styles of photography - black and white, HDR, portraits, close-ups and macro photography, night photography, monochromatic and more. And there are different sub-genres within each style if you wish to explore that option. Do an exploration of the different types of styles and find a subject or theme that you can use to explore one style. I particularly like macro photography of things I find in nature and travel photography, because I live in Costa Rica. I have a couple of these photos below. I have a hub on flowers of Costa Rica and another on insects.
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Finishing the Project
Once you have all of your photos, spend some time with them and improve them as needed with a photo editor. Crop out unnecessary, distracting objects if possible and improve the overall quality of the photo. You can make a video series of them or you can publish them in a series that tells a story in a blog or web article. There are a lot of good topics and good photos to take out there. I wish you luck on your creative journey!