Hey ya’ll, thanks for stopping by the blog today! Are you currently in a creative slump because life has gotten in the way and schedules aren’t working out? I feel you, it happens from time to time! You will always here me preaching, “shoot everyday!” In order to shoot everyday you don’t need to rely on having a model or a makeup team. There are simple ways for you to train your eye and work on composition without making it a group effort. I’m here to give you 5 photo ideas to keep your finger clickin’ away!
1: Create a Layout with a Feminine Feel
For this challenge, you can only use items you find around your home! This could be as simple as styling your jewelry on top of your dresser with a few flowers you have sitting on your dining room table. Go ahead, and unleash your inner girly girl!
2: Create a Layout with a Masculine Vibe
This layout you’re going to do exactly what you did in the previous challenge, just with a masculine vibe. If you have a man around the house, whether he is a significant other or roommate, grab some of their things and start composing. An easy layout to create would be a men’s fashion look. Use their tie, pocket squares, socks, watches, etc to create a graphic composition. Another tip, shoot on a dark surface! This could be a dark wood, cement or a dark fabric.
3: But First, Let’s Take a Selfie
The concept of selfies has been around long before smart phones were in everyone’s hands, formerly known as “self portraits!” As photographers we spend all our time behind the camera snapping away photos of others. Turning the camera around on yourself is a great way to jump out of your comfort zone and maybe learn something about yourself you didn’t know already!
I take pictures of my food, guilty as charged! When I shoot food, I love to photograph it from the top. Similar to the previous layout challenges, you can also tell a story with your food! Are you at dinner with a group of people and bowls are being passed around. This could be a great interaction shot to give a “still life” a little movement!
5: Take a Walk!
Lastly, this may be the easiest one yet but not what we always think about doing. Simply take a walk around your neighborhood! Find something that catches your attention. For me, I have a lot of great doors in my neighborhood so I love to get shots of those! This could be a project where you document your neighbors or taking in the beauty or grit and grime!
There you have it, 5 tips to keep training your eye! Next step is to edit your photos! If you want an inside look how I edit my photos click here to head to the shop get the Lightroom preset I use to edit all my photos! I’d love to hear if you have any other favorites when you find yourself in a creative slump!