The following article is a guest post.
The clear, bright skies of summer provide a big, bold canvas for photography. There’s an abundance of subjects that you may not find in any other time of the year, whether you’re in the middle of a bustling city or out in the countryside for a vacation.
Check out these ideas for your next photography project this season.
1. ABC Art Book.
An ABC art book is a great project for parents of small kids who want to make their children more engaged with their work.
Now that your child knows the ABCs, why don’t you take photos that each correspond to a letter of the alphabet? You don’t even have to limit yourself to basics à la “A is for apple.” You can choose to go for bigger, more abstract words, say “S for solitude.”
Once you’ve compiled your set of photos, load your trusted printer with cheap printer ink and produce copies of the photos for an exclusive art book or portfolio.
If you want, you can also print each photo and create unique post cards with a message that tells the story behind each photograph.
2. Sounds of Summer.
Capturing emotion in a photograph can be challenging, what more when you’re taking a photo of sound?
Taken in the right moments, photos can be evocative of sound. The buzzing of bees, the crashing of waves on the shore, the laughter of children playing at a summer fair.
Most of the photography you’ll take for this series will most probably have your subjects in motion, which just ups the challenge for you and your camera.
3. Faces of Summer.
Whether you’re taking pictures of your loved ones or strangers on the street, you can tell a story even with just one close-up photo. But don’t just take front-view portraits; vary your shots and angles for more drama and texture.
You can also compile these portraits and print them out for a photo book series (see above recommendation for an art book). If you’ve taken photos of your family and friends, you may want to have their pictures framed as a unique, personal gift, too.
4. A Day in the Life.
Pick one subject—your mom, your dog, or an elderly lady in your neighborhood—and take a series of photos, telling a story of their summer day. You can even extend the photo series and make it about the story of their entire summer.
Some thought starters: combine candid and staged photos, and experiment with black-and-white or sepia tones to show the passage of time.
5. The Five Senses.
While photographs are visual, you can still communicate the rest of the five senses through pictures, as demonstrated in “Sounds of Summer.”
A baby touching her mother’s face, a vast field of lavender, perhaps a cup of melting ice cream or someone splashing water on their face to cool down after a jog.
You can also go on a summer adventure with this project. Visit different locations, and try to capture the five senses in different environments. You may even fold this in with “A Day in the Life” and tell the story of how one person experiences a summer day through his or her senses.
6. 100 Days (or Nights) of Summer.
Take one photo each day all through the summer months. You can thread each one into a story or just simply take photographs of something that caught your attention on that day.
At the end of the season, review your photos and try to remember why you took a particular interest in that subject.
You can even go back and take the photo of the same location or subject, and see how your technique has improved after the season has turned. This is also a good experiment to see what truly interests you as a photographer.
7. Summer Sunshine.
Try to capture how the summer sun shines on different subjects, on different locations, on different times of the entire day.
For example, take a photo of your garden in the morning, noon, and at sunset and discover the transformation of beauty it undergoes in just one summer day.
Another take on this project is to pick just one time of day – say, 7:00 o’clock in the morning – and take photos of various locations and subjects under this light.
These are only a few ideas you might want to explore this summer to expand your portfolio, practice your eye, and improve your photography skills.
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