A break from work is the perfect excuse to dust off your camera and have a go at some creative photography ideas
A bank holiday is great for taking a break – but it’s also a fantastic time to try your hand at some new photography ideas that you might not have thought about before. No matter what the weather, you can take part in some of these ideas for photography projects.
Water drop photography
A simple home set-up can yield some super interesting results. You don’t need too much kit to get you started, but you can add more if you find that you like the technique. The great thing about this idea is that you’re not reliant on the weather, as it’s 100% indoors.
Take a look at our blogpost on experimenting with water drop photography for more in-depth advice on this project.
There’s no better time than an enforced break to get the family together for some new portraits. That’s especially true if the ones on your mantelpiece are starting to look a little dated. Try different combinations of family groupings, or photograph just one family member (the one who complains the least) to really hone your skills. If the weather’s good, head outside, but portraits inside can be just as beautiful. Don’t forget to include the dog if you have one!
Still life and macro in the home
You may never have realised that there are thousands of photoshoot ideas in your very own home. Many different objects make for fantastic still life and macro shots, especially if you can get creative with lighting, or use different backgrounds. There are so many ways you could turn this idea into a project – you could focus on one room, pick one object from every room, look for hidden details that you never knew were there, and so on.
Combine some bank holiday cooking with some fantastic food photography. If you’re new to food photography, pick something that you can take your time over – a cake that won’t go cold, for example. Fruit and vegetables also make for interesting still life subjects that you can manipulate in all sorts of ways. If you have a macro lens, make use of it to show off the interesting patterns and lines that natural subjects provide.
Find a new landscape
Are you guilty of visiting the same locations over and over again – perhaps sticking to somewhere local for your tried and tested photoshoot? There’s nothing wrong with that, but a new place can really invigorate your creativity. Spend some time researching some new locations that take you out of your comfort zone, and use the long weekend to make that trip you’ve been putting off for some time.
Experiment with monochrome
Some photography ideas never get old, and monochrome is one of those. No matter what you shoot this weekend, why not try shooting in monochrome. Most cameras offer at least one monochrome setting you can experiment with. If you shoot in raw format, you can always revert back to the colour version if you don’t like the results. Alternatively, why not convert some of your existing shots into monochrome using a program such as Photoshop for a new perspective.
One lens, one weekend
Too much choice can sometimes be overwhelming for creativity. This weekend, why not try picking one lens and shooting only with that. You might find that you have to rethink how you take some shots, leaving you with interesting results. If you’ve got an underused lens, now’s the time to let it shine and give it a new lease of life – you may be pleasantly surprised.
Create a photo book
How many of your photos are sitting languishing on a hard drive? Will they still be around in years to come for your family to enjoy? Why not use the bank holiday break to finally put together a photo book to showcase your best work. You could make something which highlights a special trip, or you could make it broader. There’s a range of photobook styles to suit just about every photographer, with prices starting from as little as £6.49.
Let us know how you plan to spend your bank holiday – and don’t forget to share the resulting shots via our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages!