There are lots of things you can do to make photography more fun, we live in a world
full of wonders just waiting to be captured and made into memories. Here are some
ideas to spice up your photographs.
This is a great exercise to practice street photography. Doing this project will open your
eyes to the world around you. You will look at things differently and contemplate
whether or not you could make a photograph out of everything you see. Looking for
objects that form the shape of a letter is no easy task, but can be done if your eyes are
open. There are two parts to this; you can do both or just choose one to complete the
Letters: Go out and find objects that form the shape of each letter of the alphabet.
That’s only 26 letters. Sounds easy enough, but you are not allowed to use actual
lettering found on signs or buildings (that would be cheating).
Actions: The goal for this one is to photograph an action that starts with each letter of
the alphabet. But here’s the catch: the photograph has to clearly show the action so
there is no question about what word is being depicted.
Both: If you’re looking for a big project, photograph the action and the letter to go with
it. Arrange the photos together any way you want to create a collage of the alphabet.
This could be helpful for school teachers or creating a display for children. Let your
imagination take you away on this one.
Stunning black and white photos have become something of a lost art. There are a lot of
photos we take in color that would look absolutely amazing in black and white. Round
up some of your recent photos and turn them black and white to see what you think. Do
a black and white photo series where you really focus on going back to the silver lining
of photography. Black and white photography can be extremely helpful in creating a
really strong focal point in the image. There is no color to distract you from what was
TIP: Do not change your camera settings to shoot in black and white. Instead, convert it
after the fact. If you don’t, I guarantee there will come a day when you forget to change
that setting back and you find that several of your photos will forever be grayscale.
Furthermore, there is editing software that will turn your photos black and white better
than your camera could.
There is always a great time to be had when you’re with friends who share the same interest. Plan a
time and place to go out with a fellow photographer friend. There are a lot of good things that happen
when you go shooting with a friend:
1. They are there to give instant feedback on your photo.
2. They can help with your composition just as much as you can help them with theirs.
3. You inspire each other to get even more creative shots.
4. If you are light painting, then you can help each other take the photo.
5. The buddy system is never a bad thing.
6. Rekindle and strengthen friendships.
7. I think you get the idea…
The key to baby photography? PROPS!
Props can make a night and day difference in a photo. Often times when we photograph
anything or anyone, we need to tell a story. Props can help tell that story and better
express the personality and interests of the person in the photo. Props don’t have to be
vintage or wonky to merit having. They could be simple things like footballs, chairs,
flowers, different types of clothes, etc.
TIP: The best place to start looking for props is your grandma’s closet. After that, head
on over to a local donation center (such as Goodwill or Salvation Army) and see what
you can find. Don’t spend a fortune on props!
It’s okay to shoot oldschool. If for no other reason, you should try a film camera just for
the experience. Many of today’s photographers started in the digital age and don’t know
what it is like to achieve a properly exposed photo with a fully manual camera. Film
cameras are very affordable these days because they aren’t very popular, but you might
also have access to one that you could borrow for a few hours or days.
There isn’t much point in practicing with a film camera if you don’t have film or a way to
develop it. You can use photo labs that still develop film for you and have them printed,
or you can sign up to use a darkroom and develop your own photos. Developing your
own photos is truly half the experience of using a film camera. It’s very much like
Photoshop where you are in control of how the image turns out. College courses will
often provide the resources you need for film photography.
TIP: Be patient. Working with and developing film is very time consuming and
calculated. You’ll want to scream obscenities because it is not digital. But take the time
to learn. Go for the experience of learning and understanding more about photography.
If nothing else, the experience will teach you to appreciate the camera you have even