We know things are a little odd right now, with Coronavirus/COVID-19 dominating the news. I thought this might be a good opportunity to talk about how you can work on your photography while staying safe.
Turns out, there are a lot of genres you can practice from the comfort of your own home:
This genre of photography is difficult to define, but you’ll know it when you see it. Abstract photos could show a normal scene or item viewed in such an unusual way as to not reveal what the item is. Alternatively, the subject itself could be what makes it abstract – light reflecting on a pool, paint flaking from a structure.
Consider using colored gels, to get really artistic with your abstracts.
I recently heard Fine Art photography defined as “photography you would hang on your walls, even if you’re not in it.” That’s a somewhat broad but it does capture the idea that fine art photography is about the photographer expressing an idea or emotion through the photo.
Using the right modifier will help you control the light, allowing you to perfectly capture your vision.
There’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to need to eat. Whether you make something yourself, or get it delivered, why not take the opportunity to create a photo of your meal, a dinner laid out on a table, or ingredients on a kitchen counter.
Be careful with this one! Kinetic photography is the practice of moving the camera in an unpredictable manner. This often means swing, spinning or tossing the camera into the air. Setting a longer exposure will allow for more movement in the final image. Just make sure not to damage the equipment!
The art of making life size images. Whether you’re getting up close to products, flowers or insects one of the distinguishing features of macro photography is its shallow depth of field. This means that getting your focus 100% correct is vitally important which can make this particular genre difficult to master.
Less is more. Capturing a scene and telling its story with as few elements as possible. A single toy on a floor, a light switch casting a shadow on the wall. Find a subject with a limited color range and shoot it against a plain background.
Try using a strobe to get the most out of your minimalist subject.
This requires two things: sharing your home with a pet, and that pet cooperating with you. If you can get them to sit still and pose for your camera you have a new subject or muse to practice with.
Consider using a fast prime lens for background separation.
There are a number of different approaches you can take to product photography, depending on the look and style you’re going for. Find your favorite items and create a product shoot which does them justice.
Strip lighting can give you the edge you need to make your product shots pop.
A good understanding of the principles of real estate photography can help bring in extra work. Take the time to learn how to create high quality images of the inside of your home, including when to use one point perspective versus two point perspective.
I know. Most of us get in to photography because we don’t like to be in front of the camera. But what better subject to practice lighting on? Butterfly and Rembrandt, hard and soft, broad and short. There’s plenty of different lighting options to play around with.
While not mandatory, a tripod will certainly make life easier when trying to take a self portrait.
Still Life is another of those broad terms which encompasses several of the genres we’ve already talked about, such as food and product photography. But still life can be any scene or subject that doesn’t include moving things.
Consider slowing down your shutter speed to minimize ambient light.
Stock photography is a little unusual, in that it’s more than just a genre. Stock photos can literally be any photo that might be of use to somebody else. There are two key things to remember about Stock photography:
- Patience is key – a few pennies at a time won’t make you a millionaire, but over time it will all add up.
- Being able to predict needs will help you sell. If you’re the only person with photos that fill a new, hot topic you’ve got the market cornered.
We always clean equipment when it comes back to our Winter Garden office, but we’re taking extra precautions during this time.
For those of you wanting to keep your own equipment clean, we recommend this article from PetaPixel.
You may already have a lot of the equipment you need, but you might need some extra bits and pieces, like macro lenses, or additional lighting. We carry everything you might want, and ship throughout the lower 48 states. So whether you need modifiers or backdrops, we’ve got you covered, all from the safety of your own home.