I took up photography in the beginning of April of this year. Which means that I had (and still have) a lot to learn. A LOT. So I got my camera and I went exploring, or at least I tried. After a month or two I was certain I had run out of things to photograph in my “boring” town of Tennessee, and honestly, I was getting bored.
I was sure that the only way I would get better was if I hopped on a plane and went somewhere far away and exotic. That however, is easier said than done. So, I thought of new adventures I could take with my camera that everyone can do!
Head into a nearby town or city and walk around.
Have you ever gone people watching? It’s just like that but with your trusty camera in hand. Observe people bustling by, cars racing down the street, couples walking hand in hand. If you stop and watch you’ll see that there’s so much to capture! Make sure to pay attention to the detail in buildings. Those always make for an interesting subject.
Take a photography class!
I was honestly extremely nervous for my first photography class. At the end of the day we had to present our best photos to the rest of the class and I was sure I would humiliate myself. I was pleasantly surprised that the instructor and the others in the class were normal people with a love of photography like me. By the end of the day I had a renewed passion and had learned so much more than I could have dreamed!
Check online to see if there’s a photography class going on in your area. I like to take ones that include a course on how to use Photoshop or Lightroom. Local colleges often have courses like this that run about $100 dollars for a class.
Take a weekend trip a couple of hours away.
If you are feeling particularly tired of the same old same in your area then I suggest packing a bag and getting away for the weekend. Even going an hour away can give you new subjects to work with. Go camping! Head into the city! Sometimes we just need to get away to open our eyes to new possibilities.
Walk out your backdoor
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “My backyard? I see that everyday, there can’t be anything left to photograph.”. I use to feel the same way, but seasons change, flowers grow, animals come and go. I constantly find new subjects in my very backyard and it adds a new perspective that there is beauty all around you.
Recreate one of your favorite photos.
I used to be scared to recreate a photo I loved. What if people thought I was trying to pass off someone else hard work as my own? I had to get over that, and so do you. You can learn from the work of others, and eventually that will lead you to your own unique style. (Remember, this photo is for you, and for only you. If you don’t want to show anyone, you don’t have to.)
Tip: After you recreate a certain photo, look for new ways to photograph the same subject. Find a different view.
Find a local farm or petting zoo.
Taking pictures of animals is so much fun and has a much more relaxing setting than taking pictures of people. Hang out with animals for a while and catch them in action.
If there is no farm or petting zoo in your area than grab your pet (or friends pet) and create a mini photo shoot with them!
Grab some friends and stage a photo-shoot.
Humans are a tricky subject to photograph. I for one, had a lot of trouble getting over my fear of photographing people. Getting some close friends to be your models can turn it into more play than work. You’ll have a great time, get over your fear, and find your own technique to photographing people!
Take your camera EVERYWHERE
This is one thing that I wish I did more often. On the days I manage to do this I’m surprised by how often I reach for my camera, finding that I’ve found many wonderful shots! You’ll be just as surprised how many times a day we miss capturing a perfect moment. Try it out for yourself and see what you find!
These were my tips on little adventures you can take everyday with your camera. I hope they benefit you as much as they have myself. Thanks so much to everyone who like and follows! You guys are the best! Make sure to leave a comment below. 😉