10 Photography Project Ideas
I love doing photography projects every now and again – they are great fun and encourage creative thinking… so here are some ideas for starting your own fun photography project:
Photo A Day (365 or 30 Project): you can take a photo a day for whatever length of time you like… the most common periods are one month or one year. This is a great way of recording what you’ve done over a period of time and it’s great fun looking back on all your photos later!
Photo Diary: this is similar to the photo a day idea but, this time, you are actually attempting to make a record of what you’ve been up to. Similarly to photo a day, you can do this for any length of time – even just for a day – and photograph anything interesting that you do throughout your chosen period of time.
Movement: Capturing moving objects is a fun project. Try to get a blurred effect by setting a long exposure… this works particularly well at nighttime when you can get some great light trails from vehicle headlights, but it also works in the daytime too. It takes a little while to get just the right amount of blurring so keep at it until you’re happy with your shots. You will need a tripod for this project as you won’t be able to hold the camera steady enough without one which means you’ll just end up blurring the whole image rather than just the moving part… and you may want to consider a remote shutter release too to avoid any camera shake.
Single Theme: pick a single theme (absolutely anything), such as nature, street, monochrome, yellow, for example, and just take photographs that fit in with your chosen theme for as long as you like. If you get a few photos you are happy with, why not frame them and hang them on the wall together – this can make for a really eye-catching display!
Photo Collage: pick a large object/scene with plenty of detail and take multiple images of it (make sure you take a lot of photos)… then print them out and fit them together – overlapping all the photos to make a much bigger image of your chosen object or scene. Collages can make really effective wall art if done well.
Shoot Film: return to a time when digital photography didn’t exist! If you’ve never shot film before, it takes a little bit of practice… You have to try and get your image right BEFORE you take the photo – you can’t just edit it afterwards like you can with digital images! This is a really good way of fine tuning your camera skills as, if you get it wrong, you will be left with a poor photo that is only good for the bin. On the flip side, the excitement of getting your photos back after being developed is something everyone needs to experience at least once – I really miss this element of photography!
Paint with Light: This is great fun and can be done either with a torch or sparklers… put your camera on a tripod and use a slow shutter speed then get someone to wave a torch/sparkler around or write something and see what you get. This takes a bit of practice but you can’t some very effective images with a bit of perseverance.
Self-Portraits: Get creative using yourself as the subject! See how many different ways you can represent yourself through photographs… think outside the box!
ABC Challenge: You can do this challenge in several different ways. You can either start at the letter A and work through the alphabet, one photo at a time. Or you can photograph something that looks like your chosen letter – why not make it into a collage to spell out a particular word… put it in a frame and you have a lovely gift.
Photo Walk: Take a walk with your camera and document your journey – the great thing about this project is that it works equally well in an urban setting as it does in a rural setting… If you look carefully, everywhere you go there is something interesting to photograph!
I hope you enjoy doing some of these projects – let me know how you get on! I still haven’t decided which one I’m going to do next…