For those that love to explore and capture new places, this time at home may feel like a wasted photographic opportunity. However, that isn’t necessarily the case! Why not take this time at home as an opportunity to practise some existing skills in some new and creative ways, or try out a new still life technique?
We’ve put together a few potential photography projects that you can practise at home, because if you think about it, the home really is a photographer’s training ground!
INK DROP PHOTOGRAPHY
We absolutely love this concept! Simply drop some ink into a body of water and watch the mesmerising magic appear! Don’t be afraid to use a dropper to add in multiple colours and capture the gorgeous effects they create as they diffuse into the water.
To take it up a notch try adding a reflective background or base to capture multiple angles.
Whether you’re self isolating alone, with family or friends, portrait photography is always a plausible option! You could opt for a well-lit, sultry and monochromatic image or play with depth of field with additional props such as fairy lights or sequins.
If you are self isolating alone, what about putting yourself on the other side of the camera for once? Give self portrait photography a try, you might be pleasantly surprised!
We’ve seen so many pet portraits online recently, and they can’t help but put a smile on our face! We love how creative people have gotten with photographing their pets and had to share the fun and ingenious ways photographers have been capturing their four legged friends. Try throwing treats in the air and catching their expression mid-shot or playing with position to make their pets look like giants amongst smaller objects!
There were so many wonderful entries in “Dogs & Pooches“ photography competitions, so take a look if you’d like some ideas on how to photograph your pet in their best light!
FLAT-LAYS OF COMMON HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS
For those that are unfamiliar with the term, in its simplest terms a flatlay is a photograph of one or multiple objects on a surface taken directly from above.
Although the concept of flat-laying sounds simple, it isn’t as easy as it sounds! Placing objects to look aesthetically pleasing can be a timely process and still life photography can sometimes take some trial and error!
As the name suggests, time lapses are usually a project for when you have a bit of extra time on your hands. Whether it’s from your garden or a window in your home, now is a great time to perfect your time lapse technique.
Some of our favourite time lapse ideas are photographs or videos of clouds, people walking down the street, baking a cake or even something more tricky like a flower or tree blooming over a longer period of time.
With this technique, the more patience you have, the better the result!
After seeing a wonderful “Through the Door” photography series that looked to capture street photography through this period of self isolation, we are hooked on this concept! Adding a door or window to a shot really adds character and a new perspective to street photography and means you have to spend more attention on timings.
OIL & WATER
For the macro photography lovers, this one’s for you! Fill a tub or container with water and drop some washing up liquid into it, gently stir and leave for 10 minutes before adding a few drops of cooking oil.
The results are mesmerizing!
You don’t need fancy light painting tools to create some stunning photographs! Did you know the light on your smartphone is perfect for creating light traces? To capture light in motion, a good starting point is to set your camera settings ISO to 100, f/16 and a shutter speed of 30 seconds and then adjust accordingly based on your desired effect.
If you need some inspiration, take a look back at the competition entries from Light Photography competition.
If you do try out any of these, share your creative projects with online community of photographers and artists to stay connected during times such as these.
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