Photography at Home: Staying Creative and Exploring New Perspectives
There’s no denying that times are particularly tough. And while the world has screeched to a halt, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing the things you love. We know it may be challenging to continue to work on your craft while remaining indoors but why not look at it as an added layer of challenge. Doing so will help you realize that restrictions only encourage more creativity and innovation with one’s craft. But if you need a little help getting started, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you stay creative by practicing photography at home.
Commit to a Personal Project
Now is a better time than ever to start on a personal project. It can be something that you’ve been meaning to do or something born out of sheer inspiration. No project is too big or too small, as long as it’s contained within the four walls of your home.
A great place to start, especially if you live with other people, is to take daily portraits of them. A great example of this is Jonas Bendiksen’s portraits of his kids that were featured on the Telegraph, and the hijinks that they’ve gotten into as they grapple with staying at home for an extended period of time. If you live alone, take this added layer of difficulty as a challenge that can push you to be more creative and find beauty in everyday items.
Revisit Old Work
If inspiration hasn’t struck and you can’t find yourself starting on any new projects, then why not revisit some of your old work and see how you can tweak it to make it new. For tweaking photos, there are two main options being Photoshop and Lightroom. Now, we’re not here to tell you which one is better so just choose the one that you’re already using or the one you prefer as they’re both perfectly good for editing photos.
However, what we can give you is a practical tip to make editing easier. This guide on the ideal home office set up by HP highlights how making use of an additional screen can help you be more efficient, as it saves you time by letting you run multiple applications at once. The time saved here can make the entire process a lot less tedious so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor without feeling burnt out.
Set Up a Home Studio
Lastly, you may want to consider setting up a home studio seeing as you’ll be stuck indoors for quite some time. That’ll help you with that personal project that you’re starting and it’s also great for just messing around and enjoying the process of taking photos.
We understand that everyone will have a varying amount of resources. Luckily, there are ways to do this even if you’re on a tight budget. You can actually make a DIY lightbox by cutting windows on the side of a cardboard box and covering those windows with white fabric. Remember, the bigger the box the more varied the objects you can use.
If you need a little more inspiration, check out our Favorite Images of 2019. Hopefully, the photos get your creative juices going so you can start on your next home project!
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Richard Bernabe is a professional photographer specializing in travel, wildlife, and nature as well as an author of books, magazine articles, and travel essays published world-wide. Richard is a global influencer in the fields of photography, travel, and wildlife conservation with more than one million followers on social media platforms. He leads several photography tours and workshops all over the world and is invited to speak to photography and conservation groups all across the globe.