As a photographer, professional or amateur, it is important to stay frosty and shoot constantly. This is the first article in a series that will, hopefully, give you some ideas on daily shooting projects. So, lets get started!
Daily Shoots: 5 Ideas involving people:
- Self Portraits
- Portraits of others
- 100 Strangers
- Facial Expresions
Self Portraits: This is, by far the easiest daily shoot project. Who are you? Can you capture who you are in a daily photo? You can be elaborate or as simple as you like. I had a friend who was into action figures, so he took a self portrait of himself in a bathtub filled with his action figures; This was a part of who he was and illustrated his nature and one of his interests in a single frame. Get creative and have fun with it.
Portraits of others: This can be as simple or complex as you want and you can get your friends, as well as your family, involved. Go out with your friends and family, set up your shots and shoot. Offer them prints of the work and have a good time.
100 Strangers: “People are strange, when your a stranger…” This is an opportunity to step out and talk to people you would not normally. Find people on the street and explain what your doing, then take their photo. You can even go editorial/ street photography and just go out and shoot people on the street. Essentially, capture people in their environment, walking to work, going shopping. The goal is to tell a story about the person you are photographing in a single frame.
Facial Expressions: Sounds easy, right? You would be surprised. Whether you you focus on one person or many people, try to capture a full range of facial expressions. You can even narrow it down to focusing on just the eyes or the mouth. Smiles, frowns, scowls, grimaces, laughs… find it or create and capture it!
Emotion: This is closely related to the facial expressions idea but you want to capture a person’s range of emotion. Try to, again, tell a story about the person; capture the environment and mood. If the person is stress or happy, what is making them happy and can you include a visual in the photograph that would illustrate the reason or cause?
The intent of these projects is to get out and shoot every day. While it is a lot of work, it builds a good habit and is meant to be fun. Get out there and Shoot! Oh, And have some fun while you’re at it.