There comes a point in every photographer’s journey where they find themselves stuck in a creative rut. This is completely normal considering the number of images produced every day. Over time, this could lead to creative exhaustion. There is no better way to get out of such a slump than to embark on a personal photography project! We have listed some project ideas in this article to help you stay sharp and shooting.
A-Z Photo Project
One great way to gain creative inspiration is to start on the A-Z photo project. There are two versions to this project. The first one requires you to shoot subjects starting with each letter of the alphabet, such as ‘A for Apple.’ Pick a subject you like and slowly make your way down the alphabet till you reach ‘Z’. Although this may seem challenging to complete, it is also the search and crafting of the shots that make it fun.
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In the second version of this project, all you have to do is to look for the shape of each alphabet as you are out on a shoot. For instance, the letter ‘M’ could be found in architectural structures or the letter ‘S’ could be seen on water surfaces. This interpretation is more driven by discovery, which makes the experience interesting!
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100 Strangers Project
The idea of this project is for you to approach 100 strangers and to take portraits of them. If you happen to be a photographer who is shy by nature, then this may sound rather intimidating. Keep in mind that creative inspiration often comes when you least expect it and when you choose to step out of your comfort zone, so try not to completely dismiss the idea.
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Instead of limiting your portraits to people, you may also choose to get up close and personal with pets or kids! For capturing close-up portrait shots, we recommend using the Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM. The wide aperture of this lens helps to create a dreamy shallow depth of field that will definitely make your subject stand out!
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Portraits are a great way for you to sharpen your photography skills. After all, it is not easy to capture the essence of a subject in just one image. By taking on this project, you will be able to add a range of diversified images to your collection. You may even gain a new friend or two while you’re at it.
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A creative rut often stems from the feeling of not having an interesting subject to shoot. The fact is there are many available options out there if you choose to deviate from your routine photography! A great way to spark new ideas is to set themes and to stick to them as you are shooting. This is similar to Canon PhotoMarathon XVI Singapore 2018 (CPMSG2018), where participants are given themes to shoot during the event.
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Your chosen theme can be something as simple as ‘shapes’ or it could even be more abstract ones such as ‘vision.’ Either way, there will be no right or wrong as themes are open to different interpretations and it all depends on the photographer’s take on it.
A Day in the Life
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The premise of this project is simple – all you have to do is to photograph your typical day such that a third party can gain insights into what you did or how you felt. This might be a little tough at the beginning as you would constantly have to pull out your camera to shoot throughout the day. Even so, it will be a fun way for you to capture everyday moments that may otherwise be overlooked.
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To end up with a set of rich and engaging images for this project, a tip is to mix up your shooting styles as you go along. For instance, you can choose to shoot from a different angle or tweak the editing of your shots to create different moods.
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Never underestimate the power of personal projects as they can be highly effective in sparking inspiration. A project also gives you a sense of purpose and helps to fuel your passion for photography. Even if you are an experienced photographer, there are still tons of areas for you to explore and learn, so why not choose to pick up a photo project today?
If you have given the ideas a shot, make sure to share your images with us at #CanonSG!