Did you ever run out of ideas for new photos?
When I started with photography I know I was not thinking in pictures.
I just bought a camera and put my idea into reality.
But soon I was standing there with a camera and no idea.
Because first I had not the experience to know what is possible,
and second, because I wasn’t used to automatically think of photo ideas or projects in the back of my head.
So, with these words, this post is about photography projects for beginners.
A way to get your brain automatically thinking about new interesting photos.
It is also very handy if you have lost a little bit of the passion for photography to just realize a random photo project,
and the photo fire inside you will start burning again. 😊
Do a black and white Photo project.
I don’t talk about one good photo I mean 50-70 good black and white photos in 2-3 month.
To use no colors is perfect to get to know how to work with light since you got nothing else to make picture tell the story.
You will see it’s not as hard as you might think it is at first.
Plus, it will improve your ability to work the light for your color pictures later as well.
The Neighbours Photo project.
If you live in a city or village you probably have hundreds of people you see and somehow know every day directly beside you.
But you don’t really know them.
Ask them for pictures.
The first benefit will be. You will meet lots of new people and maybe some friends (or creeps 😝)
The second benefit will be. you will lose in an easy way your natural fear of talking to strangers which will help you a lot if you want to do street photography someday.
The third benefit will be. You will have a lot of beautiful portraits plus you have won a lot of experience with taking pictures of strangers.
And last but not least you have realized a project which is always good. 😊
The Closeup photo project.
If you think you have photographed already everything around you.
Start to only make closeup photographs. What I mean with that is when you usually make portraits go closer.
Take only a photo of the eye.
This will train you to look for details and after a few tries, you will start to see the second small world.
30 Days or a year photo project
The purpose of this challenge is, to make a good picture every day.
Then load it up on a social network like Instagram, 500px, Facebook or Flickr to get some constructive feedback.
For 31 days or as long as you want I did it for three months and a friend of mine did it for a whole year.
This is project will challenge your creativity a lot, but also will improve your skills drastically.
I never learned so much. Plus, you will have a lot of followers on Instagram in no time. 😊
The Instagram Photo Challenge
One of my most favorite photography projects for beginners always was and still is the Instagram photo challenge.
So how does it work?
Go to your most favorite Instagram account and try to recreate your favorite pictures.
Why recreate someone else’s work? you might ask now.
Because these pictures are awesome. And you WILL learn a HUGE lot from recreating them.
For example what lens to use, how to use light, how to shoot a good picture in an everyday situation or how to make lifestyle photos.
Which come in handy when you want to earn money via Instagram.
And the list goes on and on.
You will notice that after a while your brain starts using the information and experience to mix them up and create own ideas.
I mostly tried to recreate portraits or live style pictures since they are way easier to recreate than a landscape in Scottland right?
But it doesn’t really matter. You just take the pictures you want to recreate.
I link some Instagram of my favorite profiles here, so you can have a look and get inspired. 🙂
- Brandon Woelfel:
- Portrait Page:
- One of mine called Aarongrafic:
- Alen Palander:
The One Lens Challenge
This challenge is an awesome one to train your eyes to look for the perfect frame.
You really don’t need a lot.
Which makes the challenge perfect for beginners who don’t have a lot of gear, as well for pros that have way too much of it. 😀
So the challenge goes like this.
You can use one prime lens only.
(in case you don’t know what a prime lens is, 18-55mm is a zoom and an 85mm is a prime lens)
WHY? When George Mallory got asked why he climbed the Mount Everest he said: “Because it was there” 😀
What this challenge does.
1. Train you to know where to stand when you try to shoot a picture.
2. Train you to know which lens is good for what.
3. Train you to see without looking through the camera, if the picture will work or not and how to make it work.
4. Make you look at your surroundings in a different way.
5. Train you to shoot way better pictures with this certain lens, then 98% of the people you know.
When I did this challenge with the 50mm People in Facebook groups started calling me a lier.
Because I took better pictures with the super cheap lens and my 1000D than they did with their 10k gear.
But I was only able to because I knew every super annoying aspect of my lens 🙂
and worked out a way to work around them.
6. Last but not least. It will give you the skill to fast pull out your camera, fast take the shot and fast put it away again. Like a Cowboy 🙂
Because you now know where to stand to get the picture you want.
In my experience a huge problem of using a lot of gear is,
that you miss the shot because you are thinking about which lens to use.
If you only have one there is no thinking process.
You might now think alright which lens should I choose? So I thought I share with you which I liked to use for that.
- 50mm f/1.8 this is a very fast lens plus it’s super sharp, It has the same angle of view as the human eye and is super cheap.
I love this lens, it’s wide angle and pretty sharp plus it focuses very fast. Also super cheap unless you buy the USM version.
3. Any lens you like really.
I used my 18-55mm the first time and also a 10-18mm the second time.
It will do If you don’t have the money to buy a new one.
But if you have the money I would really use a prime one you will love it way more than you have ever loved a zoom lens. 🙂
And remember the main goal of doing a photography project is to have fun. 😊
Alright, this is it for today. I hope you liked the post and if you have any question or opinions let me know as always in the comments. 😊