Tackling a photography project is not only a great way to improve your photography skills but it can keep you from feeling like you take the same photo everyday. Plus, having a project for yourself is a fun way to capture images just for you.
Read how to start a photography blog as a place to document your photography project.
Photography project ideas
No.01Project 365 or Project 52
You know I love a Project 365 and have lots of tips on completing one. If you are interested in doing one be sure to link up so that you can find others to follow and help build your own little photography support group to support each other. Whether you take a photo a day in a Project 365 or choose to do one photo a week in a Project 52 this is a great way to focus on your photography skills.
No.0230 Day Project
Take on a shorter commitment by doing a project that lasts on 30 days. There are many different ways you can do this. In my ebook, The Unexpected Everyday, I give you a 30 day challenge to learn a new skill and give you a prompt for each day. You can’t help but improve your photography all while taking timeless photos of your children.
No.03Pick a theme
Deciding on one particular thing to focus on can help you improve a skill.
– Light – backlighting, dramatic light, natural light, indoor light
– Composition – framing, leading lines, golden spiral
– Street photography
– Macro – even if you don’t have a macro lens you can use macro filters
No.04Choose a subject
If you have children you may notice they are in 95% of your photos. Focus on a new subject to try new compositions and break out of your normal photography routine.
– A color
There are two ways you can tackle this project. You can either choose a letter to photograph something that starts with that letter. Another option is to photograph something that looks like the letter. This option is fun if you want to create a collage of photos to spell out your last name or “welcome”.
No.06Work through a book
There are many books out there that will teach you different skills. You can tackle a new chapter each week or month.
Book ideas include:
– The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos
– The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
– People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs
Choose to photograph things, people or places you are grateful for. Not only will you never run out of ideas of things to photograph but it helps you focus on what is really important and how blessed you are.
No.08Focus on one lens
If you have multiple lenses choose one your don’t normally use. Stick that one on your camera for a week, a month or a whole year. This will help push your creativity. I remember doing a photo walk with a photographer who took street photos with a macro. Don’t assume a certain lens is only for one time of photos.
No.09Go outside your comfort zone
Maybe you rock at portraits, try your hand at food photography. Try a different type of photography you are used to. Not only will you learn some new skills but it is fun to try something you aren’t strong at.
No.10Photograph birthday month/week
Whether it is your birthday month, or one of your kids or loved one. Photograph them everyday for the week or month of their birthday. It is a fun way to document them that year as well as capture what they are like at that age.
No.11A Day in the Life of
I do this once a year, but you could really do this once a month or more. Photograph your day all day. You can either take photos through out the day or just on the hour. Either way it is a fun way to capture the everyday moments and routines that we often forget to capture.
No.1210 on 10
A lot of photographers will capture 10 photos on the 10th. This is similar to the “Day in the Life of” project. But this may help you to remember to do this project each month on the 10th.
No.13Letters to Our Children
This is something I do with a few other photographers. Write a letter each month to your children or just focus on one child. Then take photos of them to include with the letter. I write advice to all my girls. This helps me to get at least one photo of all three of them together each month. This can be quite the challenge but I enjoy it. Some girls in the group choose one child to write a letter to and do a mini photo shoot each month with that child. Do what works best for you.
Photographers are not in enough photos. Choose either to do a self portrait, daily, weekly, or monthly. What is important is that you are getting in the photo. When I did my first Project 365 I did a “Monday Me” where each Monday I took a self portrait. It’s a good idea to have a specific day in mind. If you are going to do it monthly, choose the date of your birthday and each month take a photo on that date.