Creativity is a major element in photography. It is something that you use to make your photos more attractive and interesting. A lot of photographers love the challenge of coming up with creative photos. It’s one of the best ways to spice up your photography.
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Being creative is never about convenience. You don’t seek out common routines or patterns. Instead, you try to deviate a little from the norm. Creativity is all about being different in a beautiful kind of way. Here are some photography ideas that might help you come up with creative photographs for your audience.
Use the alphabet. Interpret the alphabet using photography. You can do this in three ways: use props to create the letters; look for letters in your surroundings or in places that you go to (like a billboard or a store window, for example); or shoot objects that begin with each letter in the alphabet.
This may sound simple, but it’s going to be a challenge looking for all the letters. Likewise, this project will help you explore your creativity as you have to think of ways to make the alphabets appear more interesting to your audience.
Take photos from ground level. Go to a busy place and observe people. Shoot from the ground level and experiment with the scenes you can produce. Which ones are most interesting? Maybe you can shoot a multitude of feet going down the subway stairs, or some bare feet walking along the cold street. Shooting from ground level in parks and gardens will give you a lot of colorful options.
Vertical panorama. We see a lot of panoramic shots, but most are of landscapes. That flower farm owned by a friend, the beach at sunset, or the skyline with a flock of birds flying freely. These are common scenes. For a change, try a vertical panorama or vertorama. It’s a different concept that offers a different view.
Visit the city and find some skyscrapers that will look truly attractive in a photograph. Or focus on ages-old city architecture. You’re free to choose a theme or message. Be sure, though, to use a panoramic clamp and experiment with your shots first before deciding on which angle or scene to go with.
Recreate fairy tales. You’re going to need some models, props and costumes for this, but this is nothing compared to the artistic high that you will get when recreating a scene. You can even put a unique twist to your chosen fairy tale. For Cinderella, for example, instead of a pumpkin coach, you can have her ride in a Ferrari on her way to Prince Charming’s ball. This fairy tales project will give you a lot of opportunities to explore and stretch your creative juices.
Photograph numbers. Similar to the alphabet project, this one will challenge you to think out of the box. Shoot one number a week; you can choose how or where you’ll start: 1 (going up) or 100 (counting down). Look for numbers wherever you go, but make sure you don’t choreograph scenes. Allow them to look as natural as possible. So, if you find the number 75 painted on a knocked off garbage can, don’t fix it. Let it be and take your photo. The challenge is to make the scene appear interesting and attractive.
So, there you have it; five easy and challenging creative photography projects for you. Get your camera ready and start shooting now!
Jamie is an avid hiker and photographer and loves to think outside the box. She loves to write about photography for Bumblejax when she gets some time.