The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to practice social distancing as that is the only way to flatten the curve. What this has managed to do is leave many of us with a substantial amount of downtime.
If you are a photographer the monetary pinch is a lot worse as weddings, graduation, or any other event that requires a photographer stand canceled.
But instead of just sitting around the house and moping what you are going to do for your finances, you can use this to focus on creating photo projects to amp up your portfolio or just hone your photography skills. It is a known fact that in order to become a good photographer one needs to constantly challenge oneself and acquire new skills. This is the only way you can grow as a photographer.
It is a misconception harbored by a large number of photographers that the only way you can challenge yourself only if you travel to far-off places to find photograph worthy material. Right now, however, that is not a possibility. So, what do you exactly photograph?
Let’s be honest, there is nothing more comforting than food during this time. Try and turn your food into a fine art photo. The interesting part of food is that you don’t even have to cook a meal for a picture. Even raw ingredients are great for a picture. It can be a julienned carrot, piles of spices or slices of apple, all of them make great photography subjects. Just ensure that you have enough lighting and minimize the shadows.
A Home Project
Photographic creativity comes out when a hunt for a subject becomes a little difficult. You can make anything a subject, the choice is yours. Part of becoming a good photographer is the ability to look at subjects where other people only see objects.
If you look online there are hundreds of pictures that come up when you look at home photography. This will help you gain inspiration for your own picture.
This is one that is one the rise. If you are someone who enjoys spending time online, you can easily turn this into a hobby inside another hobby situation. Plus with video games, you have the option of going to places you normally would never be able to. Most gaming consoles come with a photo mode, which is a method to pause the game and reposition the frame and click a picture. If you want to climb up the rankings and get access to better merchandise within a game, you can always avail the services of valorant boosting.
This is often a way to create a moment within a game that uniquely belongs to only you.
There is a different perspective that comes to the forefront when you click a picture exclusively in black and white. This lack of colors can often highlight other factors like patterns, shapes, textures, and most importantly the light and shadows. It is interesting to see how you compose a picture to retain the interest of viewers in the absence of colors. This makes it an important skill for even taking colored pictures.
Oil And Water
They might not mix but they give you a great opportunity to flex your creative muscle. For abstract enthusiasts, this is a great way to build your macro photography skills.
Start by placing a colored cloth or paper on the table. Then place several drops of the oil of your choice into a clear glass dish of water. Then add a light source to capture the interaction of these elements. The end result can come out to be totally breathtaking. Plus, it is an inexpensive way to get your hands on some abstract greatness.
The elements can often end up being the best subjects for photography. In this case, just a simple set up consisting of a container of water along with a hole that lets drops fall through, can with an appropriate light source work wonders for you.
This is a simple idea but the process of getting the lighting, timing, and camera setting in sync can often end up being a fairly complex process. The good news is that more you practice with a camera’s settings, the more capable you become in all kinds of situations. Basically you manage to learn wide applicability.
In the absence of an inspiring subject, or the perfect lighting or interesting details, the only person responsible for a great photograph is you. You are brushing up on your compositional skills to create a shot that pleases a viewer’s eye.
Moreover, there is no time like the present to appreciate the mundane, normal things in life that you own. COVID-19 has taught us more than anything else to slow down and for a second look around.