For those of you who have a full time job working 9-5 (or even longer), keeping up with your photography passion is never easy. You may find you always struggled with whether going out to take pictures after work or getting home earlier to rest. We always wanted to do something we love after work but time just doesn’t allow us to do so. So what can we do? In this post, I’ve listed 8 creative photography ideas that you can do at home right now so they can balance your full time job obligation and fulfill your photography passion at the same time.
1) Take pictures of your toys
Don’t under estimate the power of toy photography. Take a moment and find some old toys that you used to play with (if you have kids that’ll be even easier). Choose toys with sharp color contrast and give them a model shoot. If you can’t think of any toys don’t worry because we can always use Legos! In fact, there is a photography trend on “Legography”. That basically means taking pictures of your Lego and present it in meaningful ways. Try it out!
2) Go Macro
You can open another view of the world through macro photography. Try taking pictures of leaves, snowflakes or small inserts around your house. If you want to do it at home specifically, I have a great idea and that’s to take pictures of water drops. Who said you can only get great pictures outside of your house!
3) Take pictures of food
We can’t live without food and so does photography. In fact, my camera eats before I do (I mean taking pictures before I eat). The thing is, we all love good food and especially if it is good looking food! So if you made a good meal for the day why not take a picture of it and share around. Doing this will not only let you practice photography; it could potentially make you famous among your friends who saw your yummy picture!
4) Take pictures of your pets
The best way I found to play with my dog is to let him catch something and I quickly snap a picture while he runs back to me. If you have any kind of pets, even reptiles they are your models for photo shoot! I don’t know about reptiles but say if you have a dog or cat, you can play with them and practice photography at the same time. Talk about time efficiency!
5) Baby photography
To build up from the last point, taking pictures of your little ones is the best opportunity for you to take pictures each day. Take pictures while they are playing, smiling, crying or even try a 365 daily picture project to see their growth over time. The best thing is these can all be done at home!
6) Shoot the flowers
If you have flowers around the house or you recently brought some flowers, do not waste the opportunity to take pictures of them. Recently I brought flowers for my fiancé and I took almost 50 pictures that night. Try use some backdrops to show the color contrast between the flowers and the background. I either use a white or black color backdrop to make the flowers stand out in the picture.
7) Enter a photo contest
If you have pictures that you took and you’re proud of it, try uploading it through Pixoto. It is an online photography community that let you upload you own photos and compete with other photographers. If you feel you have taken good enough pictures and would like to see others think, this is the best way to go.
8) Learn photography
As a photographer you need to constantly learn new skills, get new ideas and be inspired. There are hundreds if not thousands of ways to do this but here is what I suggest. Use Pinterest and Instagram for photography ideas, podcast for inspiration, and read photography books to learn new skills. If you don’t get what Pinterest and Instagram is please go to my previous blog here. For podcast, I highly recommend Jim Harmer’s Improve photography podcast. And for books, I recommend Scott Kelby’s The Digital Photography Handbook.
I hope you find the above creative photography ideas resourceful for your photography journey. What are some of your home photography ideas that you would like to share with us? Please feel free to comment below.