Stuck at knowing what to photograph? Then these 9 photography ideas for beginners will give you some inspiration, AND help improve your photography skills at the same time! #winwin
I know when you are new to photography it can be challenging knowing what to photograph, or understand some of the different ways you can photograph the same thing. That's why I've pulled together this list of 9 photography ideas for beginners that I think are easy enough for those just starting out to do, but that will also still challenge you to take better photographs!
You certainly don't have to do ALL of these, so just take a scroll down the list and choose the few that interest you, or those that you haven't already tackled. You might also want to bookmark this page for later, or better yet, pin it to your photography boards on Pinterest so you can find it again when you need it!
All pinned? Yay! Then let's jump right into our nine photography ideas for beginners...
1. Get Blurred Background
Let kick things off with something simple, but that does immediately give your images a more polished and professional look to them.
Blurring the background is an excellent way to bring attention squarely to your subject, so it is used a lot in many different forms of photography. Plus, you can do this with any lens that you have, so you don't need any fancy equipment to do it!
I've written a full step by step guide on how to blur out the background, so rather than list it all out again here, head over there and check it out.
Another idea with blurring on the background is simply to change what you focus on - so instead of focusing on your subject, focus on another element instead, like in this image here where I have focused on the bubble instead of the face, which gives a completely different image!
2. Use the Rule of Thirds
Another way to add more interest to your images is to use a photography composition tool called the rule of thirds.
All you need to do is imagine that your image is divided into nine equal sections, with two horizontal lines, and two vertical lines (as shown over the top of the image below) Our eyes are naturally drawn to the points where these lines intersect, so if you place a point of interest there, it makes the photo more appealing.
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Getting a starburst is yet another photography idea that is great for beginners, and again, it's simple to do but gives a great effect to your images. You can do this with ANY source of light, for example, the sun, or a streetlight, so you are only confined by your imagination!
You can read a step by step guide on how to create starbursts right here.
4. Do a Project 52
A Project 52 is when you take one image every week for a year, usually following some kind of prompt. You can get loads of free printables with Project 52 ideas, but I'd really like to encourage you to join our FREE Facebook community and get your Project 52 prompts there!
Each week you will get a prompt to complete, but the best part is, you'll get to do it and share your images with a load of lovely like-minded peeps, who are all in or around the same level as you. (I have lost count how many times members have said this is the most supportive group EVER, so if you find other groups a little scary, this is the place for you!) Plus, I usually give some guidance to help make the prompt making a learning experience too, if it's relevant :)
Of course, lots more happens in the group too - I pop in from time to time with different trainings, and you can ask questions, take part in our group conversations on photography, and so much more. Click here to request to join!
5. Shoot from Above
We can sometimes get stale in how we take photos, because we are always taking them from the same angle, so why not switch it up a bit? It's great way to get a more unusual viewpoint and therefore add some interest to your images!
Shooting from above always helps create an interesting photo, because the birds eye view is not something that we usually see. And of course, it's super simple, just get above your subject and shoot down!
If it's sunny where you are, it's also a great way of being able to photograph shadows, which is another way to add an interesting twist to your photos.
6. Negative Space
Composing an image with negative space can be a great way to add a more artistic feel to your images - and the best news is it is simple to do, and you don't require any vast photography knowledge to complete it.
Negative space is simply an area of "empty" space around the subject of your image. This empty space doesn't need to be completely neutral, but you do want one that doesn't draw your eye away from your subject.
This image below has negative space, in this case just simply a black background, and it helps create a feeling of space in your image, and a feeling of calm too. Try it out!
7. One Subject: 10 Ways
This classic artists exercise is a great one beginners (but even for when you get more advanced and you need to kick start your creativity!) because it is simple to do, yet challenging.
All you need to do is take ONE subject, and photograph it is TEN different ways. It does need to be completely different ways, so have a think about how you can use different angles, light, colour and even texture to create different photographs. (Want to see an example of this? Then head over here to see the classic creativity exercise in action!)
Please don't spend stuck trying to choose an item, it really only needs to be a simple, everyday object. (And if you just want me to tell you what to use, then use the classic EGG!)
Silhouettes are a great idea for a photograph if you are little more advanced. You do need to take control of the camera yourself to get one of these (at least intentionally!) but they are worth it :)
Rather than list of all the steps to get a silhouette
9. Motion Blur
How about actively trying to capture motion blur? It's a great way to get an interesting image AND learn about shutter speed at the same time. Motion blur is when you add blur to the areas of the subject that are moving - you can see it in the fidget spinner below(My son's latest obsession) - where you can SEE the movement of it going round.
Again, this isn't too terribly tricky - all you need to do is make sure that you remain absolutely still, and that you choose a shutter speed that will allow you to get motion blur on your subject. I have a full step by step guide on how to do this (along with a free download) over on this post how to photograph movement with motion blur, so head on over there to get all the steps and some suggested shutter speeds.
So, there you have it - 9 photography ideas for beginners that aren't TOO complicated to do when you are starting out, and that will help you improve your photography skills!
As always, don't forget to share the goodness by pinning this post, or just sharing with your friends. Both they and I will thank you for it! Finally, if you haven't already, make sure you grab your seat in our free course for photography beginners, where you get five actionable lessons that all work TOGETHER to have you taking better images. Find out more here, or click on the image below to sign up!