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Photography Ideas

Updated on July 2, 2019
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Valerie (aka Sleepylog) is a passionate self-taught amateur photographer who enjoys experimenting with different photography styles.

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All photographers experience periods when they're feeling a little uninspired. In this article I attempt to provide ideas for photography that will hopefully inspire and motivate 'idle' photographers to just get out there and start clicking away again.

Check back regularly as I will keep adding ideas to the list as they come to me but in the meantime you might want to also check out some of the other photography articles I've written, I have included links to those at the end of this article.

Also, feel free to leave any suggestions or comments in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Many of the photos on this page were taken by me and those that weren't were obtained legally from free stock photo websites.

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Deconstructed Landscape

For a different take on landscape photography, try creating a deconstructed landscape collage. All you have to do is take various shots of a landscape then create a collage with them using photo editing software.

Deconstructed Alpine Landscape


Photographing Patterns

When out and about shooting, look for interesting patterns on objects or look for objects that create a pattern in some sort of way. Photos of patterns make great backgrounds and computer wallpapers.

Photographing Patterns

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Photographing Abandoned Buildings

Old abandoned buildings have a lot of charm about them even in their run-down state. Photographing them can be a fun and even a little addictive. Just be sure not to trespass or to get the owner's or the authorities' permission before laying foot on a property to photograph it.

Photographing Abandoned Buildings

An abandoned house
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Go Patriotic

Take photos that have a patriotic theme to them. This could include photos of national monuments, national events, people celebrating national holidays, indigenous flora and fauna, indigenous people, national dishes, national costumes, national flags, historical places and monuments, fellow countrymen and country women participating in international events, etc...

The Australian Flag

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Photographing Body parts

This is simple, pick a body part and take photos of it.

You could either photograph the same body part on different people or you could use one model and photograph the same body part from different angles, in different levels of light, low-key, high-key, monochrome etc. Eyes are always interesting, I love looking at the patterns in people's irises. Hands and feet can be fun to because they can be posed in lots of interesting ways. If you have a partner who's willing you could try a bit of 'adult' body parts photography.

Photographing Body Parts

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Reflections on bodies of water can make for quite stunning photographs. Reflections work best on dark waters such as ponds, rivers or lakes. The clearer the water is the less visible a reflection will be. For best results, do this on a day when there is no wind so that the water is still.

Photographing Reflections

Idea for photography -reflections. Above: On the still waters of a windless day, it can be easy to confuse the reflection and the real scene. I have rotated this photo by 180degrees to prove my point, the reflection is now the top half of the image.
Idea for photography -reflections. Above: On the still waters of a windless day, it can be easy to confuse the reflection and the real scene. I have rotated this photo by 180degrees to prove my point, the reflection is now the top half of the image.

Photography Idea - Documenting the seasons

A wonderful way to record the passing of the seasons is to photograph your garden or landmarks in your community throughout the year at the height of every season and then creating a photographic montage of the different seasons.

Photograph Something Ugly

Sometimes there is beauty to be found in ugly things, I found this out when I photographed a fly in macro mode many years ago. Unfortunately I don't have that photo anymore, but I was surprised to see a multitude of colours reflected off the fly's body.

Of course you don't have to limit yourself to a fly, because there are plenty of seemingly ugly other things you can photograph that might give you some pleasant and unexpected results - think of an oil slick on a wet road, a pile of rubbish swamped by birds at your local waste disposal depot, the decomposing body of a dead animal photographed at night with a 'light painting' technique, some mouldy food (mould can look quite pretty when seen enlarged on a PC screen), an angry, aggressive person (cameras are great for capturing facial expressions and freezing them, just make sure they don't know you're taking their photo or you could become the target of their anger).

The possibilities are only limited by what you consider to be ugly.

Sports Photography

Idea for Photography - Sports photography A Kung-Fu practitioner sparring with a Karate practitioner.
Idea for Photography - Sports photography A Kung-Fu practitioner sparring with a Karate practitioner. | Source

Sports photography

In any community there are opportunities for sports photography be it a local sports team in action, a surfer, skiier, a diver at a swimming pool, a martial arts class, a group of bike riders or some teenagers at the local skateboard ramp, a boat race, the list goes on and on. Just remember to set your camera to a fast shutter speed to freeze the action or select a slower shutter speed to created blur that will give the illusion of speed and movement.


Panning involves capturing a fast moving subject so that the subject is in focus and the background is blurry to create the illusion of movement. It's done by using a slower shutter speed and following your moving target. You would normally be shooting in 'continuous shooting' mode and 'continuous focus' mode.

Panning can be tricky but so rewarding when you get a great shot. I was lucky enough to have an ambulance go past and managed to get it in pretty sharp focus. It was moving fast and this shot shows it. Below is a link to a youtube video tutorial on panning.



Panning Photography Video Tutorial - How to Capture Motion Shooting Moving Subjects

Alphabet Photography

For this one, just pick one subject matter for each letter of the alphabet and take photos of it, do this with every letter until you've exhausted the alphabet. For example A for Apple, B for Boat, C for Cat, etc... just pick subjects of your own and make a photo alphabet with them.

Alternatively you could try to take photos of objects and shapes that look like the letters of the alphabet as in the video below.

Pet Photography

If you think pet photography isn't enough of a challenge for you, think again because anyone who's ever tried to take a photo of a pet where the eyes are in sharp focus will tell you otherwise... and the eyes DO need to be in sharp focus. This can only be achieved when your subject is willing to keep still and with its head turned so its eyes are visible. My cat seems to take great delight in turning her head away whenever she sees me pointing my camera at her and my hyperactive dog just won't sit still long enough for me to get many shots in. So if you have a pet or know someone who does and you're up for a challenge, then pet photography is definitely something you should try.

Pet Photography

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Photographing Strangers

Above: strangers photographed in a street in Montreal, Canada.
Above: strangers photographed in a street in Montreal, Canada. | Source

Photographing Strangers

This is for anyone who really wants to get out of their photography comfort zone. Taking photos of strangers can be quite daunting, especially when they question why you're doing it. Of course it's perfectly legal in most countries to take photos of people in public places but many will try to tell you otherwise.

If anyone confronts you about why you're taking their photo, just tell them that you're practicing your photography skills, tell them that if it bothers them you'll stop. Of course the best thing to do is to always politely ask people first if you can take their photo. If they decline move on to someone else. When carrying expensive photography gear it's always best to avoid getting into a situation where conflict may arise.

An alternative is to shoot blind, ie. just point your camera at your subject without raising the camera to your eyes. The best way to do this is to sit down and hold the camera on your lap as you fire off a few shots. The results may not be perfect but the shots will be very candid and you'll be able to take photos in a discreet way without bothering anyone.

Video Tutorial - Photographing Strangers

Black and White Photograpy

Monochrome photos have a timeless and classic look about them and if you're going for a feeling of drama or mystery in your photos then you should definitely consider shooting in black and white or desaturating color photos with the use of photo editing software such as Photoshop or the great free alternative, Gimp, available from

Some subject matters that are particularly suited to black and white photography are: weddings, close-up portraits of people, street photography, coastal scenery, churches, cemeteries and funerals.

Low-key photography also looks best when done in black and white (I explain what low-key photography is further down this page).

Black and White Photography

Idea for photography -  black and white photography. A black and white photo taken under Rosebud Jetty in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.
Idea for photography - black and white photography. A black and white photo taken under Rosebud Jetty in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. | Source

Cemetery Photography

Cemeteries are a fascinating photography subject that offer many different opportunities for photography. Take photos during the day and at night. Take photos of a committal during a funeral (very discreetly of course). Take close up shots and wide-angle shots. Take colour shots and monochrome shots. Take photos of people visiting the graves of their loved ones. Take photos of graves from ground level for an interesting perspective.

Cemetery Photography

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Examples of Cemetery Photography

Maternity Photography

If you know someone who is expecting why not ask them if they would like some maternity portraits. Be sure to include their partner and any children and pets they have in at least some of the photos.

Video tutorial - Maternity Photography

Stop Motion Collage

Stop motion photography is a lot fun especially if you have kids. This can be a great way to introduce them to the wonders of photography. You can either use the shots you take to make a stop motion movie or you can stitch some of them together in one image with the use of layers in your editing software of choice to make a sort of collage.

Stop Motion Collage

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Time Lapse Photography

Time lapse photography is a great way to document the change in an object, place or person over time. Take different photos of your subject to show different stages of its growth, change or development then stitch them together with some editing software using the cut and paste tool and layers.

Time Lapse Photography

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Idea for photography - time lapse photography collage

Churches and Temples

Churches and temples are fascinating, challenging and yet beautiful photography subjects. There is so much detail to be captured in and around them from different angles that you could spend a whole day taking photos of one and still come away feeling like you haven't done it justice by capturing all of its grandeur.

Try day and night shots for a complete experience and be sure to capture the minute details that are often overlooked.

Because of the low ambient light inside churches, you might need a lens with a wide aperture or alternatively bring a tripod so you can take longer shake-free exposures.

Churches and Temples

Above: Notre-Dame Basilica - Montreal, Canada
Above: Notre-Dame Basilica - Montreal, Canada | Source
Above: Notre-Dame Basilica - Montreal, Canada
Above: Notre-Dame Basilica - Montreal, Canada | Source

Video Tutorial - Photographing Churches - A Must-watch!

Pick a Theme and Roll with it

Photographing a theme is a great way to get yourself to think outside of the square because there's only so many ways to photograph something without it becoming repetitive.

Some themes you might want to explore are: death, growth, love, anger, hate, friendship, homelessness, poverty, wealth, greed, pollution, fashion. Of course you can come of with your own theme if the ones I suggested don't appeal to you.

Stock Photography


Stock Photography

Stock photography is photography that has been licensed for commercial and/or editorial use and is sold through stock photography agencies.

Anyone from webmasters, bloggers, editors, publishers, through to marketers and businesses choose to turn to stock agencies for their photography needs because it is often cheaper than hiring a photographer.

Many photographers earn a decent income from doing stock photography.

Video Tutorial - What is Stock Photography?

Underwater Photography

Underwater photography can provide some wonderful opportunities for some truly amazing photos, whether it be a photo of the trail of bubbles created by a child 'bomb diving' into a swimming pool, a photo of the magical world only found in a coral reef, or a surfer catching some waves.

There are several ways you can take photos underwater:

1. Buy a disposable waterproof camera - cheapest option but some of the photos may be blurry or grainy because settings options are limited.

2. Buy a waterproof see-through cover to put over your camera - cheap but doesn't offer the best results because sometimes the cover obscures part of the lens and can be seen as dark corners on photos.

3. Buy a waterproof digital camera - those usually take nice pictures but can cost several hundred dollars.

4. Buy an underwater camera housing - best results but can cost several hundred dollars depending on the camera it's designed for. Those made for pocket digital cameras usually sell for around $60 to $150 dollars. Once you start looking at housing for DSLRs prices start at around $300 but can go much higher.

5. If you own an iPhone, you can buy a waterproof casing that allows you to film and take photos underwater.

It is advisable to use desiccant in a waterproof housing unit or cover to absorb any moisture that might form inside it.

Watch the video tutorial below for more great tips.

Video Tutorial - Underwater Photography

Video Tutorial - Fixing Color in Underwater Photos with Photoshop

Taking Photos in the Rain.

Shooting in the rain can be a little daunting because many of us photographers fear getting our photography gear damaged, yet the rain can provide wonderful opportunities for some truly amazing photos.

To learn more about How photography in the rain will improve your photos.

To learn more about Rain Photography - Shooting in the Rain.

The Rain can Provide Great Photography Opportunities.

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Idea for photography - taking photos in the rain

Real Estate Photography.

This can be a fun one, just pretend your home is for sale and you're a real estate agent taking photos to advertise it. Alternatively you can offer to take photos of someone else's home and give them a copy of the photos. You may even know someone who is selling their home and would be willing to let you take photos for them to use to advertise their house.

Some photographers make a living from real estate photography. If you think this might interest you why not start practicing now?

Real Estate Photography Two - Wide Angle Lens

Selling Your Home- Get Great Real Estate Photography- Part 1

Examples of High-key Photography

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High-Key Photography

A high-key image is bright and lacks shadows and contrast, colours also tend to be paler with saturation usually reduced a little. The key to high-key photography is to control the dark tones in a photo - ultimately your aim should be to have no dark tones in a high-key image.

To achieve this, set your camera's exposure levels to high values, reduce the contrast levels and colour saturation level. Watch out that you don't over-expose too much though, you still want your subject to be clearly visible.

High-key images are usually used to try to convey a mood or feeling of positivity in your photos, such as happiness, fun, excitement, love, etc. High-key photography is also often used in product photography and to photograph subjects that are feminine or delicate in nature, for example female models, flowers, babies, children.

High-key photography provides best results when achieved in-camera, rather than when done in post-processing with the use of photo editing software. Other than over-exposing, you need to make sure the light in your shot is even all over. Ensure that there are no dark objects or clothes in your shot.

There are lots of great tutorials online about high-key photography if you want to know more about it and I've listed a couple for you here:
How to Take High Key Photos
High-key Photography
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Shooting High Key

Examples of Low-key Photography

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Low-Key Photography.

My last photography idea suggestion was for shooting high-key images, so it's only right that I suggest shooting low-key images right after it.

Low-key photography is usually used to convey a negative mood or feeling, eg. misery, sadness, death, suffering, loneliness, fear, pain, tension, drama - in other words the opposite of what a high-key image would be used for. But it can also be used to create a sense of suspense or mystery, which aren't necessarily negative things.

Low-key photography is the exact opposite of high-key photography because images are dark in tone and brightness levels, they have a lot of contrast, colour saturation should either be boosted or monochrome.

So to achieve a low-key look, set your camera's exposure levels to low values, contrast values to high and colour saturation boosted or monochrome.

Work in a dimmed environment with dark backgrounds and soft lighting only. You want to see the beautiful shadows that soft light casts.

As with high-key photography, there is loads of online information on low-key photography and here are links to a few websites to get you started:

Low-Key Photography for Beginners
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Shooting Low Key

Low-key and High-key Photography Tutorial

Photographing People at Work.

There are many people who work in public and they make very interesting photography subjects.

You might know someone who would be willing to let you photograph them at work on their work premises or private property where they may be working.

Emergency workers such as fire fighters, police officers, ambulance officers and volunteer emergency workers are always good subjects to photograph in action. As are surf lifesavers, market vendors, mailmen, park rangers, zoo workers, truck drivers, courier drivers, taxi drivers, festival and fair attendants, construction workers, waiters and waitresses in outdoor areas of cafes and restaurants, buskers and street performers, the possibilities are huge! Just be sure to be courteous and ask for their permission first if being photographed isn't usually part of the course in their job.

Photographing People at Work

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Idea for photography - photographing people at work

Food Photography

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Food Photography

Food photography is a lot harder than it sounds and can be quite a challenge. Because of the colours and textures in food, the lighting needs to be just right in order to portray them correctly.

Food should look appealing and appetising in photos.The food's presentation can make your shot go a long way.

Props and their layout are also important, they should enhance the appearance of the food and can be used to try to convey a mood, feeling or message about the food/meal in the photo.

Video Tutorial - Food Photography

Night Photography

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Night Photography

Night photography can be a little daunting to even the most experienced of photographers, usually because of concerns for their personal safety and/or due to a lack of technical knowledge for what is required to take good photos at night but there are plenty of articles online written about the subject so do some research first to ensure you are well prepared.

Day vs Night

Take day and night photos of the same subject.

Day vs Night

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Vehicle Photography

Planes, trains and automobiles... motorbikes, trucks and boats... if you love the sound of a roaring engine, combine that love with your love of photography and capture shots of motorised vehicles in all their powerful glory.

Vehicles are the perfect subject when you want to take panning shots. Panning is where you focus on your subject and track your subject as it moves. This gives creates the illusion of movement in your photos because your subject remains in focus but the background is somewhat blurry. To find out about how to take panning shots, watch the video below.

Vehicle Photography

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Panning Tutorial

Event Photography

Weddings, fairs, festivals, birthdays, national day celebrations, a boat race, a car race, a football game, a hockey match, a concert, an opening ceremony, a funeral... the list goes on and on. Event photography can be exhilarating so give it a go if you don't mind working among crowds of people.

Street Photography

Street photography is the taking of photography in public areas of a town or city and portrays people in candid shots going about their business. Many photographers choose to shoot street photography in Black and White to give their photos a documentary-style look. Here is a link to a page that offers some great street photography tips.

Street Photography

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Shoot From a Different Perspective

Simply changing the angle or height at which you take a photo can create a dramatically different look in your photos. We've all seen pictures of busy streets taken from the top of tall buildings, or a flower shot from below, the camera looking up towards the flower. An unusual perspective can add drama or excitement to a photo.

Shoot From a Different Perspective

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Video Tutorial on Perspective in Photography

Nude Photography and Boudoir Photography

If you have a willing partner this could be a fun and intimate way to share your love of photography with him/her. Tasteful and artful nude photography does not equate pornography. There doesn't even have to be any private body parts on display.

Generally, nude photography is shot in black and white because it is more forgiving of skin and body imperfections, but it's not a hard and fast rule.

Also if you want to shoot nude photography in public be sure to check about public nudity laws that may apply in the area you want to shoot in.

Because I want to keep this article G-rated, I'm not going to post any video tutorials on nude photography, instead I'm just going to provide links to some Youtube video tutorials on nude photography. I've also found some books on Amazon on nude photography with good average ratings from customer reviews, those books are listed below.

Video Tutorial: How to Photograph a Nude Woman
Video Tutorial: How to Photograph Your Girlfriend in the Nude
Video Tutorial: How to Photograph a Nude Man

Nude Photography

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Photography Idea - nude photography
Photography Idea - nude photography
Photography Idea - nude photography

Beach Photography

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Beach Photography.

Taking beach photos doesn't have to be limited to the usual landscape shot. Take shots of the people and many other creatures that visit a beach as well as its flora if there is any. Beaches are a great place to try your hand at some action photography. Fishermen make an interesting subject as do piers and jetties.

Try monochrome shots, night-time shots or shots just after sunset or right before sunrise.

Take photos of a beach at different times of the day when tide levels vary.

Visit my blog to see my collection of beach photography images, you'll find the link to it at the top of this page.

Video Tutorial - Beach photography

Video Tutorial - Beach Photography

Macro Photography

Get in close and take photos of... well... anything really, although bugs and flowers make for very nice macro photos. As do eyes, textured surfaces, sea shells and plants, but pretty much anything can be photographed in macro.

A good macro lens will give your photos a real edge though. Because it is often difficult to get a deep depth-of-field in macro photography it's a good idea to invest in a tripod so that you can use long exposures without camera shake, when using small apertures to get more depth of field.

Macro Photography


Video Tutorial - Macro Photography

Video Tutorial - Macro Photography


Are you into social issues? Is there something about your local community that you feel particularly strongly about? Why not have a go at documenting causes and issues you care about through photography? You could write blogs or lenses about them and use the photos to illustrate them.

Video Tutorial - Photojournalism - Tips from Ed Kashi

High-speed Photography

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High-Speed Photography

We've all seen shots of a balloon filled with water just as it explodes and the water bursts out, or a shot of a raw egg breaking as it lands on a hard surface. That's high-speed photography - capturing fast-moving action that only lasts for a fraction of a second.

High-speed photography can challenge even the most seasoned of photographers, but it's well worth the effort because it can produce some truly stunning results.

There are tons of high-speed photography tutorials on Youtube.

Painting with Light

Painting with light is a recent new photography trend. Basically, painting with light is done at night or in very low-light situations and it involves the use of a torch light or other artificial light source to illuminate a subject or scene with your camera's shutter set on a long exposure.

Painting with Light

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Using Some of the Above Ideas Together

If you really want to challenge yourself you could try using some of the above ideas together, for example you could try:

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      Gina Welds Hulse 

      3 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      I am so so glad that I found this article. Thank you for sharing these great ideas. I have tried many of these.....more recently the cemetery. I loved it. I have also thought about doing nude photography, but have only experimented with those of myself. I captured some great ones, if I do say so myself, and know that I would be great at it....but I know I would have to overcome the shyness.

      I have certainly been inspired. Thanks, again.

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      5 years ago

      Never thought about photographing someone in the nude before, I'll probably never have a willing person to do that. Great ideas though!

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      5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for all your comments you guys, it really makes my day to know that my article is inspiring people. I love photography and if I can help anyone enjoy it just a little bit more than I feel like I've achieved something. I think I'm going to start a Facebook group for people to post any photos that were inspired by this article.

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      Marishka Elaya 

      5 years ago

      Really helpful, thanks. My camera is old but I think I'll try something. :)

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      Laura Tykarski 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      really enjoyed this Hub-I need to dust off my camera and get back into photography-so yes for me this Hub did prove to be inspirational!

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 

      5 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      Great ideas for taking photos. Using the alphabet for items to photograph resonated with me. I think I will give it a try. Thanks!

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      Sarah Knight 

      6 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Very useful hub, thanks for the ideas (from a budding amateur photographer :)

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      Sherri Tuck 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      What a great article! I take my digital SLR with me everywhere I go. You never know when opportunity will knock.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      You certainly have thought of everything for this article. This is so well done and presented. Your ideas are great and I have done some of them and there are some I have never thought of before. Very creative and talented.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Valerie, this was a real eye opener! I am running a Pets Page and I completely agree that the eyes must be in sharp focus for a pet photo to be a good one. So is the background! Both can be a photographer's challenge. Keeping for reference and sharing.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I will check it out. Thank you!

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Glad you enjoyed it epbooks, thanks for your feedback and comment.

      I only have two Canon kit lenses and they are the 18-55mm IS lens and the 55-250mm lens but I prefer the shorter one out of the two because I find the image quality is better. I've written a review about my camera and the lenses, it includes photos, feel free to read it, you'll find it on my profile page.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wow- this is awesome. A lot of great tips in here. I love the idea about abandoned houses and of course, dogs. Do you have any particular lense that you like to use or do you vary it for each photo?

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      6 years ago from California

      Interesting post. A nice collection of photos you share here with us. I think these ideas are wonderful and useful for photographers. thanks for this hub.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks That Grrl :) I hope it has given you some inspiration, not that you need any. I can't wait to go back to Canada to see some of those old abandoned homes you like to photography, there are just so many there and they have so much charm even in their run-down state.

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      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Amazing list. Very well done. :)

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for taking the time to read my article and for leaving your comments.

      The first thing I want to say is that I didn't take all those photos, only the ones with 'Author' as the source. I'm working on including more of my own photos though as I strive to take up some of the ideas I suggested in the article.

      About the shaking hands when taking photos, try using a tripod, it really makes a huge difference and if you only use a point and shoot camera you might be able to get away with buying a cheap mini-tripod, as opposed to a heavy duty one that would be required for a DSLR camera.

      I do prefer to use natural light myself, because I like to travel and work 'light'. I don't like spending a huge amount of time setting up my shots, but there are times when a flash might be necessary to fill in a subject, especially when the subject is backlit.

      If you want to do high-speed photography, try the sports or action mode on your point and shoot, they'll be your best bet. But really, for such photography, a DSLR is best because it really allows you to control the shutter speed which ideally should be no slower than 1/1000 second and I don't think many point and shoot cameras have such fast shutter speeds or faster. But it won't hurt to try.

      Good luck and have fun!

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      6 years ago from United States

      The self-timer mode in my point and shoot cam does well in taking photos of the busy streets at night, and I will try to do this in taking sports pictures. Yours is really fantastic and I'll try to emulate that.

      When photographing food, I usually do macro... but sometimes I get frustrated because my shaking hands get in the way in taking a good pic. Natural light is preferred cos I believe it brings the details in the subject.

      I haven't tried the high-speed photography yet, and your pic is really incredible! Will that also do in my point and shoot cam?

      Thanks for your valuable tips. Voted up and useful, awesome.

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I wish I could take the credit for all of those photos, but I only took the ones where the source is 'Author'. I will upload my own photos when I have some that suit a particular idea.

      Food photography is best when the food is shown in its full glory, with a few props or good presentation. In a close up none of those things would show... that's just my opinion, the choice is yours. Just experiment and see what works best. Upload your photos to Flickr and invite people's comments, you'll soon have an idea of what works best.

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love your photographic skills and useful advice. I love to take food photos but never seem good at them. Will try to make them naturally. Do you think i should take close up photo on the food ?Voted up

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      6 years ago from Australia

      Glad I could help. Thank you for your comment. Be sure to check back occasionally, because I will keep adding ideas. I have about 10 more to add already when I get a chance.

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      6 years ago

      Great tips here-- you just reminded me to finally follow up on my recent decision to explore high and low key photography.


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