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5 Photography Projects To Try At Home

Just because you're at home doesn't mean you can't pick up your camera as food and pet photography are just two of the types of photography you can have a go at in your own home that we're going to talk about today.

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If you're looking for a way to challenge yourself a bit, limiting where you can capture photos is the perfect way to do this so this weekend, we want to see what you can photograph in your own home

When you start to look, there's plenty to point your lens at (as we showed in our A-Z challenge) but if you are struggling for ideas, Park Cameras has put together a video tutorial with 5 main themes for you to challenge yourself with and they are: 

  1. Food Photography
  2. Pet Photography
  3. Challenging light / Low light
  4. Stock photography
  5. Black & White photography 

As with all challenges like this, you can opt to use a DSLR, compact camera, smartphone or if the kids are getting involved, how about a Kidizoom? You can also share your results with ePHOTOzine in the Gallery where you can interact with other member and challenge them to do the same. 

 

1. Food Photography

Food Photography

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Food photography is an excellent subject to start with as you can photograph food in all sorts of creative and fun ways. There's also a wide variety of food available so you can capture images of backlit fruit slices, full Sunday dinners, Instagram ready shots of salads bursting with colour... the list goes on. The other great point about food photography is that you can just use window light so if you don't have flashes and softboxes at home, it's no biggy. 

"Window light is essentially direct, soft diffused light that's perfect for food photography (and portraits)," ePHOTOzine. 

Don't forget to think about backgrounds, angles and even using props to guide the eye and add more levels of interest to your photos, too. 

 

2. Pet Photography

Pet Photography

 

Up next is pet photography which, when working indoors, is a great way to capture images of your dogs, cats. etc. with compositions, angles and focusing techniques you may not have tried before. You'll also become a pro at timing shots as no matter how well behaved your pet is, they can't be directed like a person can be in portrait shoots.

 

3. Challenging Light 

Sidelighting portrait

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As we've mentioned, lighting can be tricky indoors but this can be one of the photography challenges itself as you can mix ambient light with other lighting sources, wait for light levels to drop outside for shots with more mood or see how you can use lamps or even candlelight to capture portraits with. 

 

4. Stock Photography 

Still life and stock photography

 

If you want something that's a little bit easier, go for a spot of stock photography as basically, any item can be turned into a stock photo. It's also really fun to set up a scene with various items for a photo - think still life but for people who might be wanting to use images on websites or in advertisements. You can find guidelines and advise on stock photo websites on what they're looking for and how they should be submitted if you do want to make some money from your project. 

 

5. Black & White Photography 

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The final challenge is working in black & white which is a great way to give portraits a certain mood/feel and as there's no colour which can distract, they can often feel a bit more raw and emotional, too. You can also combine some of the other challenges with black & white photography for a bit of a bonus round so do try black & white pet photography and why not capture some black & white stock shots? Black & white food photography is probably more challenging but we'd love to see your results posted in our Gallery if you do capture some really cool black & white foodie photos. 

 

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