Whether you are an amateur or a professional, the photo essay is a brilliant way to bring your images to life and touch your family, friends, and coworkers. Photo essays are most dynamic when you as the photographer care about the subject. Whether you choose to document the first month of a newborn in the family, the process of a school drama production, or even a birthday party, make your topic something in which you find interest.
Do your research h: Discover who the parents are, what culture they are from, whether they are upper or lower class. If you photograph a birthday party, check out the theme, the decorations they plan on using, what the birthday kid hopes to get for his or her gifts.
All of these factors will help you in planning out the type of shots you set up for your story. After your research, you can determine the angle you want to take your story. Is the newborn the first son of a wealthy family on whom the family legacy will continue? Or does the baby have a rare heart condition?
Is the drama production an effort to bring the student body together? Or is it featuring a child star? Bring tons of props, order pizza, blast the latest pop music and just have some fun!
The girls will love playing dress up, having their pictures taken and pretending to be models for a couple of hours. After the shoot, send them all links to their own private online gallery for them to download and share to social media. Check out Google or Pinterest for daily prompts.
There are a lot of websites that put together a month's worth of daily prompts. The lists vary and give you a theme or idea for you to photograph that day. It will help you think outside the box when you see what some other people come up with.
Photograph one sunset a week for an entire year. One idea is to pick one location to visit every week, mixing up your composition.
Another idea is to pick 52 different locations for a variety of sunsets. If you travel a lot, it would be great to have 52 sunsets from all different locations. Do a series of faceless portraits. This is a great way to get more creative with portraits. Something that captures that person but without it being just a portrait of their face. Grab an umbrella and throw on your rain boots. Take some photographs of people walking around in the rain. If you have children, let them run around and play in the rain.
You can use a fast shutter speed to stop the rain as it falls or a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of the rain. You can use an off camera flash to back light the rain for a really cool effect. Either way, shooting in the rain you'll come up with some really cool shots. Take pictures of reflections in and around your town.
You can use wet street surfaces or puddles of rain. You can do reflections of city lights, buildings, trees, flowers, portraits… you get the idea. Have you tried abstract photography? Be brave and get out there chasing the storms for some awesome and dramatic landscape photography. There are several articles with tips on chasing storms for photography that you can read here and here.
Sometimes it rains for weeks or winter has dragged on for months with no end in sight and you just need to photograph some beautiful flowers! Visit a local botanical garden or nursery. They usually have displays year round that change every month. Go to a local aquarium and shoot the exhibits. Wait until you see the sun peaking through the clouds and go hunting for rainbows. Check out this article for tips on how to predict when and where a rainbow will appear.
Are the photos on your computer organized? This is one task that often gets overlooked for a long time. Then you keep putting it off because it becomes so daunting. Keep your photos more organized. Check out this article for tips on organizing your photos in Lightroom.
Jim Harmer put together an amazing tutorial called Lightroom Medic that you can view if you are a member of Improve Photography Plus. If you are not a member, be sure to check it out and start your free trial today! If you find yourself constantly reading photography tips through books, tutorials, blogs, downloading ebooks, etc.
Organize all of your learning materials. Create a binder, print tutorials and blog posts and put everything in one convenient location. Brian Pex wrote a detailed article with several suggestions to get your learning materials organized that you can read here. Most photographers have a list of gear they want to buy. Before you drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new lens, you might want to test it out to make sure it is right for you.
Now, visit Brent Rents Lenses and rent the lens before you commit to a purchase. Do some research and see if you can find a local camera store in your area that rents gear. Renting locally will be cheaper than any online rental store because you wont have to pay for any shipping.
Plus, you get the added benefit of meeting someone in your area to talk photography and gear with. Renting is the perfect way to test drive a lens. Or you may find out that you must have that lens right now because it is so amazing your photography will never be the same again without it!
Put together your best photographs for a portfolio review. You can submit your photos for an in depth review that will provide honest and professional advice that will help bring your photography to another level. If you are looking for a free option, you can also tag your photos on Instagram with ipcritique for a chance to have the hosts of Improve Photography critique your photographs. Do you like the platform you are using? Is it easy to update?
I find that Squarespace is an amazing host for my website. It is easy to use and takes me minutes to update my website. Are you stuck in a blogging rut, finding yourself only posting photos from your most recent session?
Think about ways to expand your photography blog which will improve your SEO. Check out this amazing article full of tips on ways to bring more traffic to your blog. Improve your SEO and step up your blogging game with this free blogging crash course for the improve photography audience by SEO expert, Benjamin Tuner.
Put together your best product and still life photography and spend some time submitting them to stock photography websites. Follow our tutorial to setup a home studio on the cheap! A home studio just might be the answer to completing the first 3 suggestions on this list. It could also be a great space to have during the colder months of the year and want to bring your clients indoors. Check out these articles to help you get started:.
Put it together piece by piece so that you can understand how things work for you in your space. Evaluate the space you can use and the gear you already have. Make a list of anything else you might need to make this become a reality for you. Now that you have your list, go shopping!
Use our Recommended Gear page to see what we use in our own studio. Props can make a night and day difference in a photo. Whether babies, couples, families, food or even product photography, props can help tell a story to better express the interest of the subject in the photo. They could be simple things like footballs, chairs, hats, scarves, flowers, different types of clothes, etc.
After that, head on over to a local donation center such as Goodwill or Salvation Army and see what you can find. This might take a while.
See what you can round up in your closets and garages. Then go shopping for different things that you think might work well in a photo. Check out these helpful articles to get you started:. If you are upping your marketing strategy, consider contacting former clients and ask them to provide testimonials for your website. Ask them if they will consider writing a personal testimonial about your services.
Instead of sending them a questionnaire to fill out, ask them to fill it out as if they were talking to their best friend. The way that they write will be more genuine and what your clients really want to hear. Meet your clients for coffee if they have time. Ask them ways that you can improve your services.
Ask your clients what they were most worried about before your photo session. Did their fears come true? If not what happened instead? Then ask what you did or didn't do to make them comfortable during your shoot.
Listen to their suggestions as you want to keep your clients happy so that they come back for more. Put together a newsletter to promote your mini sessions. Spring and Fall are the best seasons because the weather is cooler for outdoor shoots.
Spring is perfect because everyone is anxious to get outdoors after a cold winter. Fall is great because everyone wants to get the colorful foliage backdrops just in time for holiday cards. Think about the upcoming holidays and which would be great for mini sessions.
Write a blog post about your mini session and post the links to social media. Get involved with your neighborhood. Meet people and spread the word that you are a photographer. Pass out flyers or post on social media that you will give discounts to anyone that books a session that lives in your neighborhood.
Give print credit to any client that refers a client, to be redeemed after the referral session is complete. Contact local coffee shops and galleries to inquire how how you can get your work hung at their location.
Then, prepare your work for a gallery showing. First, you will want to cull through your images to select your favorite photos. Narrow down those images even further to your very best. You may want to decide on a theme. Then print your photos through a professional lab.
See the tested and top recommended labs here. Now, you will want to decide on uniform matting and framing. You can look on Amazon, look for coupons at a local print shop or check out some frames at places like Ikea. The frames and mattes should all be the same for a cohesive professional look. To make this process go faster in the future, create collections of your best work in Lightroom and add your favorites as they are taken. Then when it comes time to cull through your best work, it will be much faster having all of your favorites in one collection.
Try a new template and update your cards. This is for a couple of reasons. One, you will get sick of looking at the picture s on your business cards. Second, your photography should always be improving. This means that in a few months you will be producing photographs that will be much better than the pictures you put on your business cards.
It can get costly to update your business cards with new pictures every time you feel like your photography has improved. It is better to have your business cards point your clients to your website, where they can see your most recent portfolio. Keep your business cards clean and simple yet professional looking. Now that you have upped your marketing game, your blogging more to improve SEO and even have some new and improved business cards, it may be time to think about making your business legit by registering your company.
From selecting your business name to deciding on an LLC vs. Have any other photography project suggestions? Please comment below and help inspire someone that may be on the hunt for a new project. Erika Sneeringer is an independent columnist for Improve Photography, a litigation paralegal and hobbyist photographer living in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Outside of photography, her favorite activities are hiking and exploring the outdoors with her family.
I have a photography bucket list, but some of these like 5 I never got around to writing down. Thanks for the ideas! I find that People are amazed with this technique.
I recognize the park in your pictures…George George Park! I live down the street from it and it is such a lovely park to take photographs at! Thanks for the ideas love, heirloom, and theme I am currently on holiday in France and will do an old shop theme on my return to Australia. I listen to you pod casts they are great. Totally going to go create a circle Polyorama! Great list of projects!
Really got me inspired after feeling a little burned out for ideas lately. How about only shooting with one focal length. Not so much a project but still fun to do. I just found your site and signed up for your newsletter.
Love the ideas above. The link to the photo bucket list on Pinterest is my board. You always keep my creative juices flowing. Thank you for the many ways you share. Just got back from Hawaii where I followed your suggestion and booked a photo tour just for me. Our phtographer guide had great suggestions along the way. I printed and framed one of my favorite images and donated it for a silent auction being held at a benefit for a local family in need. I was amazed by all of the wonderful feedback and it brought a nice chunk of change for the family.
So if anyone is looking for a charitable way to share their work, I highly recommend this idea. Awesome list of ideas! I loved how you mentioned to take photos of people in need as just this past year I did that. I had a dear friend of mine was dying of cancer, but I took her sweet family out twice for photo shoots just a couple of months before she passed away. I would LOVE to find out how I could do this for other families who are in the same situation- or start a program myself.
Do you know if such a thing exists? Check with your local Hospice and Palliative care providers. They may be interested in this idea. I work in a busy office where I am allowed to display my photography love my boss. I am considering putting an assignment suggestion jar on my desk and when I new inspiration I can pull a suggestion from the jar. I have been considering putting up an assignment suggestion box on my desk.
When I need inspiration I can pull an assignment from the jar. About 12 people signed up and they all got a 5X7 and 4 wallets and then the home got all the pics on a disk so they could print more or email them if they want.
I got a wonderful card and in the next couple years saw two of my photos in the obituary section. It meant a lot to me that the family liked the photo so much that they it for that final remembrance.
Thank you for sharing your information. As an amateur photographer I am so inspired and it drives me to want to learn more. Will be joining one of your classes soon! Remember you should choose that topic for which you can collect relevant data easily. If your surroundings do not have, hills nearby you should not select hills as the focus of your essay. You should pick something that you are passionate about and have enough resources to collect relevant photos. Below is a list of thirty interesting topics by https: For every successful student it's not a secret that planning your assignments will save you a lot of time.
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To turn this into a photo essay, one could arrive early to catch the cyclists and sponsors as they are preparing, then photograph the cyclists riding throughout the day, and finish with some shots of tents coming down and everyone heading home.
5 Photo Essay Tips. A photo essay isn’t simply for photojournalists however. Every human being is drawn to stories. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, the photo essay is a brilliant way to bring your images to life and touch your family, friends, and coworkers. Anyone please give me some ideas? cody jones. AmnaBMunir, Are .
Dec 25, · What are some good photo essay topics? Update Cancel. I could list lots of topics that I think would make good photo essays - but they would be my ideas not yours. and finish with some shots of tents coming down and everyone heading home. Photo Essay #2: Exhibition. Best Photography Projects to Start Right Now. When people come to your home, give them something to look at by hanging your prints on the walls. It’s a subtle way to show your talents. Love the ideas above. The link to the photo bucket list on Pinterest is my board. How weird! It’s a small world!!
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