ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

300 Plus Photography Ideas

Updated on August 31, 2017
LuisEGonzalez profile image

I enjoy photography and have been doing so professionally and independently for over 30 years.

CC BY-SA 2.0
CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

300 photographic ideas is not the ultimate list of subjects worth photographing but it can definitely get you started if you ever find yourself in a rut and seem to have nothing to photograph. It is mainly put together in alphabetical order but not in an "exact science" method.

Most photographers, whether they are professional or amateur, go through periods where they seem to have run out of ideas for things to photograph.

If you take a moment to reflect and start by looking at everyday, common, ordinary things you can slowly start to envision photographic projects and it is always wise to get paper and pencil and make a list of subjects, ideas and so on whenever they pop into your head. Do not leave it to memory since you risk forgetting.

There is an unlimited number of possibilities and each carries a subset of variants but each also offers a distinctive set of qualities that can make the project fun and enlightening at the same time, even lucrative.

Granted some are more commercially viable than others but all projects can be used by commercial enterprises in one form or another.

A lot depends on the quality of the shot, the technical applications and aspects and the subject matter itself but everything can be sold as someone somewhere is sure to have a need for each photograph.

Approach your photography as the passion that is supposed to be, the reason you became a photographer of sorts, why you bought the camera in the first place and you see why almost anything is "photograph-able".

From this list you can also do themes. Themes are good for learning disciplines and many commercial projects will require that subject matter be organized into separate themes anyway so learning how to group themes is a good exercise no matter your photographic level of expertise.

You can focus on similar subject matter like toys;antique tin toys, or bisque dolls. Doors; open doors, closed doors, antique doors. People; portraits, nudes, silhouettes, couples, kids and so on. Animals; mammals, birds, insects, large, small, wild or in zoos.

Similar techniques like wide angle, only one lens, macro, zoom etc.

Just remember that if doing themes it is advisable to concentrate or rather look for similarities which is the most common technique or even opposites.

Pick one theme at a time and see it through to the end before you start another.

Note: this list will be updated regularly to include new techniques, ideas or themes as they become known.


(CC BY-SA 2.0
(CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source
CC BY-ND 2.0
CC BY-ND 2.0 | Source
CC BY 2.0
CC BY 2.0 | Source
CC BY-ND 2.0
CC BY-ND 2.0 | Source
  • Abandoned architecture (dilapidated), abandoned anything like cars
  • Americana
  • Animals; all types, all sizes, subcategories; Predators and Prey, Insects, Amphibians, Fish, Reptiles, Farm, Pets
  • A Day in The Life of
  • Action Figures; i.e Star Wars Storm Troopers posed in funny poses
  • Aquariums
  • Antiques
  • Angels; statues
  • Anime Figures
  • Artworks
  • Arches; natural, man made
  • Architecture and structures; all types
  • Autumn colors
  • Alleys
  • Bad Weather; weather in general
  • Baldness
  • Balloons
  • Bare body parts
  • Bark
  • Barns
  • Barriers & Openings
  • Bicycles,Tricycles, bicycle parts
  • Bikes, motorized
  • Blend In; model interacts with a life size painting, graffiti etc. Models should blend in as much as possible to look as if he/she were part of the artwork.
  • Black and White
  • Blimps
  • Bolts
  • Body Paint Art
  • Bottle Caps
  • Bones; animal or fake and use as still life
  • Books; especially antique
  • Bottles; empty, full
  • Bubbles; Soap bubbles work great.
  • Bridges; at daytime and nighttime
  • Broken Glass
  • Bronze
  • Before & After
  • Candles
  • Campsites
  • Car Details; close ups, cars in general
  • Carnivals
  • Caves
  • Cemeteries
  • Celebrations
  • Clowns; funny, scary
  • Choices
  • Church Windows
  • Churches
  • Circles; natural and man made
  • City Skylines

CC BY 2.0
CC BY 2.0 | Source
CC BY 2.0
CC BY 2.0 | Source
Cover by Lies Thru a Lens on flickr
Cover by Lies Thru a Lens on flickr | Source
CC BY-SA 3.0
CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source
CC BY-ND 2.0
CC BY-ND 2.0 | Source
CC BY-SA 3.0 NL
CC BY-SA 3.0 NL | Source
CC BY-SA 3.0
CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source
CC BY-SA 3.0
CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
jeff medaugh
jeff medaugh | Source
CC BY-SA 2.0
CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source
CC BY-ND 2.0 DE
CC BY-ND 2.0 DE | Source
CC BY-SA 2.0
CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
(CC BY-ND 2.0
(CC BY-ND 2.0 | Source
CC BY 2.0
CC BY 2.0 | Source
(CC BY-SA 3.0
(CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source
CC BY 2.0)
CC BY 2.0) | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
CC BY-SA 2.0
CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source
public domain
public domain | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain
CC BY-SA 3.0
CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source
(CC BY 3.0
(CC BY 3.0 | Source
Public Domain
Public Domain | Source
CC BY 2.0
CC BY 2.0 | Source
CC BY-ND 3.0
CC BY-ND 3.0 | Source
  • City Street Scenes
  • Close ups
  • Cloudscapes
  • Cold
  • Colors; all colors individual and in groups
  • Colored Pencils; close ups to show detail and texture
  • Columns
  • Cyanotype
  • Contrasts in coloration
  • Contrast; new things next to old things
  • Coins
  • Covered Bridges
  • Clocks; New & Old,Cuckoo Clocks
  • Cosplay
  • A Country
  • Culture
  • Curves
  • Customized
  • Dancers; ballet, classical, flamenco etc
  • Decorations
  • Demonic
  • Demonstrations
  • Devilish ( naughty )
  • Decay
  • Disappearing Technologies, Professions
  • Draperies
  • Dishes
  • Documentary
  • Dominating scenery
  • Door Knobs, door knockers, Doors
  • Dots
  • Drawers
  • Duplicates
  • Eggs; painted eggs, funny faces etc
  • Embrace
  • Emergency Situations (be tasteful)
  • Environmental, ecological theme
  • Events
  • Eye Glasses
  • Eyes
  • Fairy Tales; Scenery reminiscent of a fairy tale or models in costumes, i.e Red Ridding Hood
  • Feathers
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Femininity
  • Fences
  • Festivals, Holidays, and subcategories i.e sexy Christmas, Sexy Halloween
  • Fetish
  • Fire
  • Fire Engines
  • Fireworks
  • Fire Hydrants
  • Fire Places
  • Flags
  • Filters -colored, neutral density, polarizes etc
  • Figurines
  • Flowers- macro, from below, from above, silhouettes, petals
  • Foggy Landscapes
  • Food
  • Food Coloring drops in water
  • Forms in Nature
  • Forests
  • Fountains
  • Fungus
  • Frames
  • Framing subjects within the scene
  • Freeways
  • Frozen; naturally occurring and man made
  • Fruit; all fruits
  • Fruits in water
  • Gadgets
  • Games; board games
  • Gardens
  • Gates
  • Gears
  • Glass; through glass, only glass
  • Gold
  • Ghost Towns
  • Graceful
  • Graffiti
  • Habits
  • Hats
  • Hallways
  • Handles
  • Harbors
  • Harvest
  • Heavenly
  • Hidden
  • History
  • Horizon
  • Horses
  • Hot; temperature, and "hot" looking
  • Hot Air Balloons
  • Hunger
  • Ice
  • Inclines
  • Indian Ruins, Indian themes
  • Indigenous Things, People
  • Industrial
  • Inspiration
  • Iridescent
  • Iron; rusted, new, weathered
  • Isolated Objects
  • Jails; exteriors and with proper permission
  • Jets
  • Jewelry
  • Jobs
  • Joints
  • Journalistic Approach
  • Jugs
  • Junk Yards; especially at night and illuminated with colored filters
  • Juxtapositions
  • Kids and their Pets
  • Keys
  • Kites
  • Knives; hunting
  • Landscapes
  • Lazy
  • Lamps
  • Lanterns; antique, brass
  • Learning
  • Leaves
  • Letters
  • Light; painting with light, using steel wool to create flames, multiple exposures etc.
  • Lightning
  • Locks
  • Machine Parts
  • Masculinity; manliness
  • Masks
  • Mass of subjects or anything found in nature in mass
  • Marine Instruments; antique, close ups, brass
  • Mirrors
  • Miniatures
  • Metaphors
  • Money
  • Monuments
  • Moods
  • Moss, any mossy surface
  • Marquees
  • Muse
  • Mushrooms
  • Nature Taking Over Man Made Structures
  • Neon Signs
  • Night
  • Night lights
  • Nighttime street scenes
  • Nudes
  • Noodles
  • Numbers
  • Nuts
  • Objects; the strangest the better
  • Odd Couples
  • Old Everything
  • Olympic
  • Opposites; dichotomy
  • Oil & Water
  • Opulent
  • Ornaments; Christmas and other holidays
  • Pairs
  • Paper Abstracts
  • Parallel Lines
  • Patterns
  • Peeling Paint; weathered surfaces
  • People; portraits
  • People at work
  • People walking with pets
  • Perspective
  • Pencil vs Camera; draw something and cover part of a real subject i.e drawn fingers on top of real hand
  • Pictures in Pictures
  • Piles of Things
  • Photographic Techniques and Themes: Abstracts, Bokeh, Macro, Photojournalism, Photovoice, Photowalk, Afocal, Vintage Print, Surrealism, Subjective, Boudoir, Solarization, Silhouettes, Candid, Silhouettes, Glamour, Time Lapse, Action Shot, Motion Blur, Zoom In, Vernacular, Vintage Print, Motion Blur, Photo Montage, Forced Perspective, Panorama, Soft Focus, H.D.R High Speed, Narrative, Feature, Minimalist, Kirlian, Pictorialist
  • Phobias; all phobias in general
  • Polished
  • Product Photography
  • Porches
  • Railroad Cars and Railroad Tracks, Steam Engines
  • Raindrops
  • Rainbows
  • Red
  • Red Dresses, ladies in red
  • Reenactments
  • Reflection in mirrors, glass or water or most anywhere where you find one
  • Religious motifs, scenes
  • Re-Birth; New Plant Growth
  • Resorts
  • Rivers
  • Roadscapes
  • Rocks
  • Round Things
  • Rows of Things
  • Ruins
  • Rust
  • Rustic
  • Sand Dunes
  • Sand Patterns
  • Stained Windows
  • Sea Shells
  • Seascapes; daylight and nighttime
  • Seasons; all seasons and colors of each
  • Self portraits
  • Shadows
  • Shoes
  • Signs
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Skulls; animals or fake
  • Sleeping People, animals
  • Stock Photography Theme
  • Smiles
  • Smoke
  • Smoke Trails
  • Snow
  • Snow Flakes
  • Softness
  • Speed
  • Spoons
  • Sports
  • Spring
  • Splashing water, naturally occurring or man made i. e kids splashing
  • Stacks
  • Stairs
  • Statues
  • Sensuality, sexy
  • Still life, still life by candlelight, still life recreations from works of art
  • String Instruments
  • Symbolism
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset
  • Superstitions
  • Sweets
  • Swings
  • Tattoos
  • Teddy Bear; toys in general, new and old
  • Textures
  • Tin; Tin cans
  • Thrift Stores, Flea Markets and Antique stores
  • Thread; colored yarn, close ups
  • Tombstones; careful with details such as names unless they are very old.
  • Tools of a particular trade, tools in general
  • Transport
  • Tree Knots
  • Trees
  • Ugliness
  • Umbrellas
  • Uniforms; parade of uniformed people
  • Urban
  • Utensils
  • Vacation
  • Valves
  • Vegetables; all vegetables
  • Vices
  • Vignettes
  • Vines
  • Visitors
  • Watches
  • Water
  • Waterfalls
  • Weathered Wood ;weathered surfaces in general
  • Wet
  • Wheels
  • Wide Angle Everything
  • Windows; open,closed, weathered etc.
  • Woods; focus on the texture
  • Xylophones
  • Yachts
  • Yo-yos
  • Zig Zag patterns
  • Zippers
  • Zombies; cosplay, dress up etc
  • Zoos; the locations as well as the fauna
  • 365 Days; take a photo everyday for an entire year. i.e one location, one subject, a general area, the weather etc.
  • One Day Project; done in conjunction with other photographers from around the world. Each photographer takes one photograph of a special location where they live and the resulting images can be published to in essence be a representation of "one day in the world"
  • 1000 something; 1000 feathers,1000 wings etc
  • 100 Strangers

Did this help you think of new photo projects?

See results

Regardless of which ideas you take form this article, approach any projects with the complete understanding that every photograph must be exactingly prefect and technically flawless.

Although you may be doing the project from a personal standpoint always do each project as if a client had commissioned you for it.

Keep in mind that everything worth photographing has probably been photographed countless times. It is up to you to offer your viewers new perspectives on a subject.

The images must be pleasing to look at or challenge the viewer in one way or another. Another key point to be aware of is doing proper research into your subject matter.

Browse through publications and seek photo samples of your intended subjects to see what is typically photographed and how.

I hope to occasionally update 300 plus photography ideas so keep in touch.

© 2014 Luis E Gonzalez

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      2 years ago from Miami, Florida

      ThatMommyBlogger: thank you. Hope she likes them!

    • ThatMommyBlogger profile image

      Missy 

      2 years ago from The Midwest

      Awesome ideas. I'm going to share this with my photographer daughter.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      2 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Stacie L : Thank you. Glad you like nature photography too.

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      2 years ago

      I found some good suggestions here to photograph other than my usual nature shots. Keep up the good work!

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Zeph1: Thank you. Glad it helped

    • Zeph1 profile image

      Ron Noble 

      3 years ago

      Even though i only do photography as a hobby, this has certainly given me a lot of ideas that i haven't even thought of. Especially the ideas that involve everyday objects.

    • seraphic profile image

      Seraph 

      3 years ago from Canada

      I really enjoyed that and the image selection is fantastic!

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      krbalram: Thank you

    • krbalram profile image

      rahul 

      3 years ago from Bangalore

      very good for professional photographers

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      mbgphoto: Thanks

    • mbgphoto profile image

      Mary Beth Granger 

      4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wow! What a list. There is always something to photograph.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      ChristinS; Thank you

    • ChristinS profile image

      Christin Sander 

      4 years ago from Midwest

      So many fantastic ideas here. I am wanting to get further into photography and the list here is fabulous.

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Nadine May; Thank you very much!

    • Nadine May profile image

      Nadine May 

      4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love you hub, because I think in pictures. I'm a pinterest fan so your photos will be added. Thank you

    • LuisEGonzalez profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis E Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Ericdierker: Thank you very much sir. I am at a loss for words to show how much I appreciate your observations. Again, thanks.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Luis,

      I do not even own a camera. But I read all your hubs, sorry no worthy comments. But I thought it was time to tell you. That what you write of the philosophy of photography is timeless and applies beautifully to how we should look through the lens of our eye to see what is oblique and outstanding in our day to day.

      We must not see things with a glancing blow. We must see things and capture the moment in our minds eye. Life flies fast by and it is the snapshots we carry with us along with the importance and captions we give them.

      You give richness not just to photography but to a better way to see, really see.

      Muchas Gracias

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)