5 Easy Photography Projects to improve your Photography
If you want to improve your photography skills, then you need to practice a lot. The famous Henri Cartier-Bresson is well known for his quote “Your first ten thousand photos are your worst” – You may as well get them out of the way as quick as you can!
Photography projects will not only help you with your skills, but they can also be lots of fun. These photography projects will allow you to explore your creative side and try something new.
Five easy photography projects that you can do at home or while walking around your neighbourhood.
Take Self Portraits
One way to test your photography skills is to take self-portraits. You do this without the help of others, making it fun and challenging at the same time. You can do self-portraits in your home or outdoors, so it’s a great way to get your camera out no matter what the weather is doing.
You will need a tripod and will have to use your timer or wireless remote release that will help you take shots of yourself. You should experiment with the use of angles, lights, and emotions. Try to use manual and auto focus, some cameras have face detection making them work well on auto. You should also try your burst or continuous function taking several photos per second, this way you can pick the best of a bunch of photos.
After practicing with yourself, then you can now start experimenting with others. Home portraits are good photography projects, and your family members can be willing subjects (I usually convince my wife to be my model).
Try to do something creative with the portraits, instead of just taking mug shots. Work with off-camera lighting or choose a high-key effect. If you have teens maybe you can convince them to be your test subjects if you tell them that the shots can be used for their social media accounts.
Household Objects as Subjects
One of the photography projects that you can try this weekend is to take interesting photos of common household items.
For this project, you need to have a clean background, which is similar to product or macro photography. A sheet of paper is enough to use as a backdrop. You should experiment on zooming in or finding interesting details of mundane items. A macro lens is something you could try, but you can use any lens you have for the project.
You can also try experimenting with off-camera flash.
Take Photos of Pets
One of the reasons why people buy a camera is to take photos of their pets. Try taking your pets photo while they are playing outdoors. Be sure to keep their eyes sharp and use a fast shutter speed to ensure you don’t end up with a blurry photo.
If you want to get out of the house, search for a subject while walking around the city. It can be pedestrians, street vendors, or an old building. Cities provide a lot of subjects for your photography project.
It is best to do this activity with a friend, which will make it more fun as both of you take on the sights found around the city. Street photography is one of the easiest photography projects that you can do.
Let me know if you have any other ideas to add to this list in the comments below. I would love to hear your ideas.