Running dry on ideas to push yourself and your photography portfolio? Here are 5 ideas worth stealing. Perhaps one might catch your attention, or inspire to you do something similar. Or very very different.
Photoshoot Idea Generator
The Giant List Of Photoshoot Ideas
- Focus on the details.
- Shoot the in-between moments.
- Take a photo with three generations.
- Capture a shot of the wedding bouquet.
- Hold a photo shoot with the bride’s father.
- Use a wide angle lens.
- Create a gobo to project some patterns on your subject.
- Get as close as your lens will allow.
- Photograph one of your grandparents extensively.
- Go on a road trip.
The constantly changing landscape and environment will force you to keep looking for new things to photograph. As most road trips are like a good story (with a beginning, a middle, and an end) it’s also a great opportunity to tell a story with your images.
- Find a huge trampoline.
- Wrap torn plastic or other materials around the edge of your camera to create hazy edges.
- Use a hand-held glass lens or prism, to create blurred, abstract forms.
- Deliberately unfocus lights to create ‘bokeh’.
- Photograph scenes through visible hand-held lenses.
- Use color gels.
Adding some color to your photoshoots is always a good idea, especially if you want to create highly visual and striking images. Get some color gels and put them over your flashes.
- Put objects on top of photographs and rephotograph them.
- Project images onto people or scenes.
- Create pinhole photography with your own pinhole camera.
- Deliberately overexpose a shot, creating ‘high-key’ photography.
- Experiment with camera filters.
- Take unfocused shots and create semi-abstract photographs.
- Use tilt-shift photography to make real things look miniature.
- Photograph things with extreme macro lenses.
- Use frames within frames.
A great idea for a photo shoot to practice your composition is using frames within frames.
- Emphasize reflections (in puddles, windows,…) rather than the objects themselves.
- Create illusions using forced perspective.
- Capture the same scene at different times.
- Photograph things that are submerged in colored liquid or milk bath.
- Photograph things pressed against transparent surfaces.
- Overlay images with double exposure.
- Photograph things through transparent sheets.
- Pretend you are shooting a movie.
- Photograph objects through mottled or translucent screens.
- Create a light painting or drawing.
- Move the camera horizontally, so a moving subject is in focus but the background is blurred.
- Use slow shutter speeds to create blurred movement.
- Shoot during the Golden Hour.
- Try using different background textures.
- Shoot a photo within a photo.
- Use a giant plant and find some creative ways for your model to pose with it.
- Create a silhouette.
- Use negative space.
- Play around with wigs and costumes.
- Use a fisheye.
- Take two photos and make a diptych.
- Incorporate a pet.
- Shoot a roll of film.