Guest Post, Part 3 of 4 By: Chamira Young
“We don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges.” Anonymous
It’s imperative we practice our photographic craft as artists. Even with the challenging economic situation, there are still ways you can develop your skills and keep them sharp. As the quote above mentions, it’s during the challenging times that we grow as individuals. Today we’re going to explore several fun projects you can do at home to challenge your sense of ingenuity and get your creative juices flowing!
Let’s dig in.
photos courtesy of Creative Images Boston
If you live in a household with multiple family members, then you have built-in, bonafide photo subjects. While they may not always see it as a great thing (yes, you will get some eye-rolling in your direction), it’s a great opportunity to practice both posed and candid portraiture. If you have children, let them be who they are and simply document their unique personalities while they play. Or capture photos of them interacting with your significant other. Snap a series of photos as the family plays in the backyard. You are effectively the resident historian of the household; the photos you take will document your family and also help you grow your portrait photography skills.
Animals are another wonderful (and challenging) subject matter! Working with your beloved pets will serve as a great learning experience. Set aside time in your day to capture their unique personalities as they play or interact with you. See what tricks and toys you can use to grab their brief attention in order to snap a photo. Just remember that patience is key!
Macro Photography in your home or backyard
Did you know your home dwelling is running rampant with a plethora of photographic possibilities? Countless objects, trinkets, and textures await your creative eye to bring out their unique character. Additionally, venture out into your backyard if social distancing rules allow. In many parts of the U.S., nature is just beginning to come alive with the arrival of spring. Grab some shots of the flowers or local wildlife, such as the singing birds or busy squirrels. The fun of macro is you are only limited by your imagination.
Toy and Doll Photography
Okay, hear me out on this one before you dismiss the idea. When the kids run out of patience with you, dolls can be great subjects to practice your portrait posing and lighting techniques. Also, your children’s stash of action figures can provide potentially interesting material for you to create your own intricate scenes. Don’t believe me? Check out this stunning example for a heavy dose of inspiration.
Share the process!
For an added kick, record yourself shooting or editing the final images, write up a quick description, and then share the tutorial on social media or your blog. This is a great way to stay relevant in your community, and plays a big role in adding to your brand and credibility.
Remember that no one can take our creativity away from you, so let your immediate world be your playground. Pick and choose the above possibilities that are a good fit for you. Who knows, you may pick up a few additional skills you can apply to your business when this pandemic is over!
About the author:
Chamira will readily admit it: she’s an art nerd, Photoshop geek, and photographer with an obsession for productivity and creativity. Through online teaching and podcasting, she loves helping other creative minds become more successful by empowering them with the knowledge and inspiration to up their game. Currently, ChamiraStudios.com is the hub of her creative mischief. It branches out to her other projects, and allows her to be an artist, photographer, podcaster at ProPhotographerJourney.com, and online course creator. You can also find her on Twitter.