Photography is not limited to a hobby. Rather, it is a prestigious profession. Professional photographers keep no stone unturned to capture the best images. They do everything to stay trendy regarding photography ideas, photo shooting gear, and image enhancing tools. To be a pro shutterbug, you need to keep yourself updated and creative for capturing awesome photos with different perspective and exposure.
It does not matter how expensive camera, lenses, and other photography kits you have; ideas are the foremost things you need in creative photography. With your imagination, creative ideas, and photo editing, you can make a simple object aesthetically robust through your unique style of photoshoot.
Here, we are proving you a list of 100+ photography ideas that you can try in this year.
If you love taking the challenge, go for Star Trails photography. Though it is a bit tricky, it’s too much fun as well.
You need to find a clear sky first which is pollution-free and full of stars. Then set your camera and tripod. Now choose the drive mode instead of the single frame. Depending on the length of star trails you want, keep your camera taking photos for 30 minutes to some hours. If you have a faster lens, the photos will come out much better.
The drone has opened up a new door to play with angles and perspective. Just choose a lively place and set your remote- controlled Drone. It can be a beach, street market, park or a mountaintop. GPS mode can make your photos more stable, so do not forget to use it.
Objects that talk:
It is wonderful to give life to those lifeless objects that we see in our everyday life. It can be literally anything like a spoon, ladder, staircase etc. You only need the eye to find out its perspective and meaning related to life.
The point is to make a connection between objects with life.
It is an easy capture but you need to know the tricks behind it. The night is better or you can choose a dark place. Stand before a camera and spin a beaming torch. It will come out as highly creative photography just like you wanted.
High- Speed Photography:
If you have a camera capable of working at super-fast shutter speed, you can try this sort of creative photography. You can freeze any moving object and capture the photo. It may seem a bit challenging but mastering it is not so hard.
You can do it with a remote-controlled flash. Anyway, you need a few other things like a water tank, tripod for sure and a black background. Firstly, place a water tank, the black background and a flash on the tank. Now, place your camera on the tripod and select the manual focus mode.
The only thing left- is to throw the object into the water and capture the exact moment it touches the water surface.
The idea is to present two different objects side by side. You have to present it noticeably so that the contrast is quite visible. Try with many different subjects like human and shadow, ocean and jungle or something else. If there is a hidden message, it is reasonable to present.
Macro Photography brings up super tiny objects and connects them to everyday life. Well, there may be no connection at all but you can make them relatable by your photography skill and ideas. It is close-up pictures that require an extensive tube or a macro lens.
If you love to take landscape photos, then try panoramic photography. Choose a place where you can take vertical shots as waterfalls, sea-beach, mountains or canyons. Try to keep the camera at a level so that the photos come evenly. Make sure there is no gap in the panoramic shots.
Portrait or Self-portrait is never old and out of the town. So you can turn your focus from other objects to yourself. Just set the timer and jump into the frame. It is not any less creative. Rather it brings a whole new perspective in your photography.
Who does not love to watch those cute and adorable cats and dogs photos? Let them be in their natural expression and mood, to get the best photos from them. Choose some special moments like their play-time, right after returning home, eating foods etc.
Just in the Moment:
An awfully cool idea is to capture the subject right at the moment. It can be running, jumping into a pool, sports or other things. You have to be super prepared for taking these photos. Try to pre-focus the shots so that you are not late for it. Consider keeping extra space on either side to give enough place to move for the subject.
Sometimes abstract lines and curves also present certain perspectives. They are eye-catching too if made up in a well-arranged frame. You can combine colors, lines and curves for the best view. If you use a macro lens, the resolution and sharpness will be excellent.
Food photos are one of the most common types of photography as nowadays Everyone loves to take photos before having the food. Aesthetically presenting the foods is the goal of them. But you as a professional photographer can focus on the camera-work, the lights and of course the props. Combine the natural light and the flash for a balanced look.
Drinks have a special place in our life. They are for celebrating moments like a wedding, anniversary or a warm meeting of two persons. So presenting the drinks in a nice frame is definitely a cool idea. Try to present the warmness and the liveliness with the subject.
Crystal Ball Photography:
Crystal Ball is amazing stuff for fun photos on a dull day. You can make the landscape looking surreal by flipping the sky and land. It is the most common shot using a crystal ball.
Bokeh is a special effect that you can do with your camera. The photos get a slightly out-of-focus, hazy background because of the essential fast lens to shot them. At least an f/2.8 aperture is needed for capturing this type of photo. The more distance you can make between the subject and background, the perfect Bokeh you will get.
Motion Blur is to make a dynamic effect of moving objects. Apart from the still photos, you can try this cool idea for nature photography or sports photography. For the perfect shot, try using a slow shutter speed and a tripod for stabilizing your camera.
Reflection photography has a different appeal to all photographers. It creates an echo-effect of a subject on a reflective surface as water. You can try on other reflective surfaces as well. If you use any water body like a river or lake, make sure the water is calm for avoiding the blurry effect.
Double Exposure is a technique for layering two different exposures that combine two photographs into one. For creating a dramatic surreal effect, this technique is worth trying. You can create this effect with your Nikon or Canon digital camera which comes with an in-built feature for capturing double exposure.
Black and White:
Colors are undoubtedly amazing still sometimes a colorless photo gives us more optical visibility. Black and white pictures can be a bit old-school yet, it has an appeal in the modern age. You can either take a colored photo, then convert them into a B & W one or simply capture the photos with monochrome mode.
Duotone is an incredibly fun effect to try on photography. Though the effect is made mostly by editing techniques, yet you can capture photos that are perfect for applying the effect. The ideal photographs are those with one main object as flowers, trees, or a person.
Say some Words:
You can arrange some blocks of letters to say something through your photograph. It can be a greeting, short message, advice or whatever you want to say. Try giving the blocks a fancy background so that the photo looks lively and playful.
Shooting through an object:
Shooting through an object is a technique which is super innovative and fun to shoot. The idea is to place an object on the foreground and capture the subject through it. If you place the object very close to your lens, it will come out better. Also, make sure to soften the edges of the foreground object for a clear view of the main subject.
Capturing happy moments are special because you get to capture the emotions and the good vibe of the moment. For that, allow your subject to be in their natural poses, more like a candid pose. Pay attention to the natural lights and your photos will be fantastic.
Creating photo Album:
You can create a sort of photo album by arranging different pieces of photos which has a close connection with each other. For example you can try with your college day’s photo or your childhood photos. Keep some other fancy stuff with them to get a better shot.
Playing with Shadow:
Playing with shadow is a bit tricky as you have to carefully pick the subjects for creating the effect. You should investigate more to find out which looks how on a shadow form. Then arrange them accordingly to prepare for final capture.
Good Old Polaroid:
Polaroids are nostalgic as we loved them crazily in our child days. These photos have a natural frame and a different appeal. They come out better when you use the natural light and capture candids.
The goal of Architecture photography is to present them as a piece of art and lively object. Focus on how the building is looking in the frame to get extra ordinary photographs. Also, enhance their natural color and capture their natural texture.
Silhouette effect brings drama, emotion, mystery and mood in the photos. Select a subject which has recognizable structure and shape. Avoid any bright light source in the foreground. The brightest light source should be in the background for a brilliant silhouette photo.
You can go super creative with this usual stuff smoke. It is an abstract art yet your creativity can fill the emptiness. You need a well- ventilated studio so that the smoke does not cause breathing problem. Also, use a plain background and a DSLR camera with manually controlled shutter speed and focus.
Chalk drawing is a fun activity in summer. You can take photos of colorful and cute chalk drawings on a boring day. They remind us of childhood and summer vacations. What can be cuter than a child’s hand drawn pictures? As it is mostly in outdoor, there is no lack of natural lights.
Tilt-Shift is a photography technique where a real world scene looks like a miniature scene. It can be done with a special lens or with photoshop. To do it with camera, you have to take a picture from above and try not to take a complicated photo. Keep the focal point sharp and let there be some blur around it.
Prisms can bring colors, dreamy effects and reflections in the photos. It is affordable and easy to carry. So you can take them anywhere you want to capture amazing photos. You have to master the technique or holding your camera and the prism at the same time. You can use a tripod for the best stability of your camera.
Steel wool photography is one of the most creative projects to do yet it is a bit risky. You can do it with enough safety and careful watch over things. Anyway, You need steel wool, metal whisks, some rope and something to light the fire. You are going to take long exposures so a tripod is also necessary. When the steel wool will be burning and spinning, hot embers will fly through the air and glow brightly. You are to take a snap of that.
Balloons are colorful and super versatile in shape. It symbolizes playfulness, innocence, and fun. Apply your photography skill with these balloons. Choose colorful ones and those with eye-catching shapes. If you capture it outdoor, try to keep some natural elements like the sky, trees, hills, etc with them.
Doors and Windows:
Doors and windows have a certain charm and appeal in them. However, they look old or new, colorful or dull, big or small they are deeply connected with our life. Capturing them is not so hard. Lighting is important for the best result. So choose early morning or late afternoon for the warmth of light which will give a charming vibe to your photos.
Understanding the light is the key to do light photography. As lights reflect a lot, it is sometimes tough to work with them. Different light sources you can use to do it like fairy lights, candles, Christmas lights etc. if you shoot in low light, try to adjust your camera with the darkness. Keep the shutter speed as low as possible for the best result.
Create Story with Candles:
Candles never fail to amaze us with their lustrous lights and looks. You can do countless creative photo projects with them. Arrange them in a certain shape as heart to tell an underlying story. Or simply put them without any order for the spontaneous natural look. In both ways, they serve the best.
Optical illusion means something natural in normality yet appears unnaturally for the sight. Firstly you have to brainstorm a lot for several ideas you can work with. Depending on the subject, you have to make ready your equipment.
Follow Me photography was an invention of Russian photographer Osmann back in 2011. Still, this style is popular and worth trying when you are looking for new ideas to work. Try to keep the uniqueness of the photo series, the perspective of it. You can go to different places to investigate which will be better for your photos.
Neon lights have gained crazy obsession because of Instagram. The night is the most obvious time for taking the pictures. Also, you can make neon lights of your own in the studio. If people or traffic distracts you, choose a quiet time to avoid them. It requires a long exposure shot. Anyway, you can include Neon light signs as well for your photography.
Underwater Photography is not an easy thing to do as it requires a certain amount of skill in both diving and photography. You need to have a special camera as well. Use the forced flash under the water to get the real color of your subject. Remember, you need different types of shots depending on how far your subject is.
Sunrises and Sunset:
Sunrises and sunsets are one of the best times for capturing photos because of the dramatic lights and no harsh shadows. Use mid to small aperture and wide-angle lens to snap perfect images. You can also keep some interesting stuff on the foreground to make the photos more attractive.
Focus on the Body:
Hand photography is super artistic but if taken from the wrong angle, it will look wired. Even wrong lighting destroys the picture entirely. So it is necessary to adjust the lighting and angle before taking the picture. There are so many cool ideas that you can play with your hand photography. You can tell different stories with some stuff place around along with the hand.
Capture Water-drops from the Window:
When you are stuck at home for rain or in the car, do not miss the chance to capture amazing water drop effect photos. The photos get a manual raindrop effect without much effort. Take random photos of outside scenario with your mirrorless DSLR for the best outcome.
Fog gives a dimly-light and low contrast to the photos. As a result, they get natural soft light and lack much saturation. As fogs make the lights more reflective, you need to adjust your camera setting according to that.
Create Story with Flowers:
Who does not love flowers? And they are amazing for using in photography. You can either take their photos from gardens where they naturally belong or arrange them according to your wish. Also, there are more ways you can play with flowers. Try to tell some story or give a message with the flowers. It will bring a new perspective to your photography.
Motherhood Photography is like a compliment to the women’s role as a mother. Focus on the emotions of a mother and their natural glow to be presented in the photos. Let your subject be in their comfortable poses and focus on the perspective they want to show in the photos.
New Born Photography:
Newborn Baby photography is special and a bit different from other areas. Try to use a DSLR which is mirrorless so that it does not distract the baby or disturbs the sleep. You can place some props and accessories with the baby to present them more adorably.
Cityscapes are a common subject for photography as they are easy to come across. Different lenses can help you take the best photos as the wide-angle lens and telephoto lens. If you can manage to get the blue hours (between sunset to complete darkness), it is even better. Eliminate the distractive items if it does not go naturally with the subject.
Rains give fantastic photographs if the photographer is smart enough. There are many versatile ways you can take photos with rain. You can capture the water droplets or the reflections. Also, you can show the people around the streets when it is raining. Or some birds under a shelter during the rain. A lot more to say, just find out and catch it.
Seasons bring different colors in nature. It changes the sky, the leaves, the grass and everything. You can choose to capture those unique colors on your camera. If it is spring, focus on the flowers and the new leaves. If it is winter, capture the snowfall or the mist. Let the natural colors and lights are present in the photos.
If you are a beginner in Night photography, it may seem a bit difficult. There are certain things to carefully handle like ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Use a tripod because taking photos in dim light often requires long exposures. Do not choose autofocus instead go for manual focus. Whatever you can take as a subject, play with different shutter speed.
Texture means visually describing of any objects physical feel. In capturing the textures, you have to focus on the details. If your hands shake while capturing, you will end up getting blurred photos. That is why using a tripod is necessary. To find beautiful and unique textures, investigate your surroundings as parks, roof, streets and many other places.
There are differences between taking photos of clothes for business purposes and simply as a subject. We will not talk about “Apparel Photography” now. It is only cool stuff which is a great photography subject. Hang some colorful dresses and let them fly in the air freely. Try to capture them with the colors and sunshine over them.
Your daily wear clothing can be a subject for photography. They have different colors and a certain perspective. They say a lot about someone’s personality and preferences. Try capturing their real colors and textures.
Fairy lights make a simple place aesthetic and mysteriously beautiful. They can be used as a lighting agent as well as a subject for photography. You can make Bokeh background with them or take long exposures to make surreal photos. Even portraits go well with fairy lights.
Books are a very common subject for creative photography. You can take photos of books with a wide range of perspective. So many things you can say with books. You can put some props too with them to give a more natural vibe. If it is an old book, present its true yellowish color.
Everyday to-do list tells about a person’s life and personality. It also signifies how busy we are in our daily life. On the other hand, it can be a creative subject for photography. Arrange the pieces of stuff nicely so that it looks natural and presents the timeless vibe of it.
Colors are a creative subject for photography. So many ways there are to play with colors. You can select a human subject or some other objects as the wall, trees, leaves, tables, papers, etc. Combine a lot of times and make textures with them. With colors, you can do hand photography too.
Bars or Café:
We go there now and then to pass time with ourselves or friends. We have memories with a bar or café. So presenting them aesthetically in our photograph is like complimenting their values in our life. Capture them in their regular look to get the most natural picture of them.
Visual Story telling:
Visual storytelling is a fun project to do. Arrange different objects which have a certain relationship with each other. The sample picture is telling you some story. Can you interpret it? If yes, try something to tell like that with your imagination and fantasy.
Couple photography is not very hard to do. Here you get the subjects who are more conscious than you to make the photos beautiful. So there is less trouble for you. Anyway, focus on the lights and aperture to make their special moments more beautiful and memorable.
You can choose the love theme as a subject of photography. Think about the objects that indicate love and the warmth of it. You can make beautiful love quotes and arrange them in a certain way to present love. Let there be lots of colors and different props. You can do it in your studio as well as in outdoor. You can even keep a human subject there.
Apart from food photography, you can choose cooking as a photography subject. You can show one certain process of cooking in your photos. Or include the colorful veggies, spices, liquors into the photos. Arrange those props that define cooking and you will have super creative cooking photography.
Water and Oil:
You must know that oil and water does not mix with each other. As a result they give vibrantly paint like abstract photos. Make the canvas colorful, bright and balanced between oil and water. Do not use too much oil as it can ruin the whole thing. Use a bright colored background which will enhance the images.
You cannot capture music in your camera. But taking music as a theme you can have creative pictures. Arrange some props related to music as a guitar, an old gramophone, piano, violin or a music book. You can do it in your studio without much trouble.
Add Vintage Vibe:
Nowadays vintage photos have got back its place in everywhere. They have difference in resolution, contrast and lighting. You should carefully pick the subject which defines vintage photos well. You can choose vintage cars as a subject. If a human is your subject, let them imitate the classic 19th century portrait style. These will make your photos extraordinary and out of the box.
Antique pieces are adored by many people and those are precious for their timeless vibe. If you collect antique pieces, they can be a good photography subject. Let them real their authentic color and textures in the photos. Do not use very loud lights that can ruin the color of the pieces.
Here memory is your subject. Now think about how you can present the abstract subject into tour photos. You can show how a person nurtures his memory. Perhaps through some old photos or by their personal diaries, they recall the good old memories. In such a way arrange the props and try to snap the moment.
Gadgets are inseparable part of our life now. We spend most of our time with them at present. So make them your photography subject. Grab your laptop, camera, cellophone, ps4 etc and take their photos. Perhaps a coffee cup can get a place among them. After all, we use them together most of the time.
Gift items are colorful, vibrant and cute. You can use Christmas gifts, wedding gifts, birthday gifts etc for your photography. Choose those with bright colors and cute packaging. Focus on the items while taking the photo. You can make the surroundings blur to show the gifts more promptly.
Plants are greatly related with human life. For a photographer they offer immense chance to go creative. They are easily available and not a boring stuff. You can choose a little part of a tree as your subject as the leaves, the branches or the root. Also, you can select the tiny little plants for capturing. Try to show the connection between plants and life.
You, as a photographer, admit the emotional attachment you have with your favourite camera. You can try to capture that feeling. Well, it is not possible to take photos of the literal feeling. Rather it means to take photos of the camera as a subject. It can be an old one which you don’t use anymore yet still your favorite. Or the one you always keep with yourself.
Travelling is the biggest opportunity to take photos. But you can play with the theme “travelling”. Some stuff tells us about travelling like passport, shoes, backpacks, sleeping bags etc. Gather the props and take their photos. You can write some words in paper and use it as a prop as well.
Focus on eyes:
Taking a close picture of eyes is one kind of Macro photography. So you use the macro lens instead of a regular lens. Maintain a certain distance from the subject. Otherwise, you will end up blocking the light. One thing to remember is letting the subject take rest. If not, the sclera will turn red which will look ugly in the photos.
Meadows are one of the many beautiful things you may find in summer. Apart from all other nature photography, you can do a separate project with meadows. There are so many colors you may find like lots of greenish shades, yellow, blue, lavender, etc. use your wide-angle lens to get a good view of the field. The harsh sun here is not a problem.
Our eyes cannot see infrared but thanks to the cameras that can closely capture IR light. IR photos look more like a surreal world as we are not familiar with it. You can use a Dedicated IR camera or your normal DSLR as well. Lenses are not needed to be the best quality here.
HDR means High Dynamic Range. A simple photo does not have all the colors that a human eye can see. But with HDR photos, you can get the colors. Most of the advanced cameras can take HDR photos. Still, you need to go through some image retouching sessions for the final look. But first of all, it is the photo capturing that makes HDR photography.
Rim Light photography is opposite to silhouette photography. Here you have to hide the flash behind the subject and from the back point at the subject. This way, you will get interesting and mysterious photos. Any ordinary thing looks different in the rim light.
Clouds are never old and never the same. Similarly, cloud photography is never an old trend. Depending on the location you live, you should select the time when the clouds are the thickest. It can be a black cloud or a white cloud. You can take long exposures for the best result.
It is another abstract thing that you can use as a photography subject. We are telling you how to do that. If painting is your hobby, you can show the painting materials like brushes, colors, papers, etc along with a painted photo. It will set a perspective in the photos. We can also put some other props as the coffee cup as it goes well with everything. Similarly, think about other hobbies and show that through your photography.
“Everyday phenomena” is capturing the everyday life of a certain place. For instance, a local market that is always busy and full of different shops, persons and vehicles. You can show its true picture through your photography. Go there in a busy time when the market is the busiest. Capture the most common scenario from there. Likewise, you can show other places.
Bird photography is challenging whether it is a wild bird or local birds that come to your windows. First of all, you need a good quality camera with super fast speed. If you manage to have a telephoto lens, it will do better. But before you go for wild birds, practice with commonly found birds around your home.
Old furniture may lose its place in the drawing-room but it can be your photography subject. Their faded color or rough look can give your picture a vintage feel. An empty chair or sofa symbolizes loneliness and emptiness. You can show this sort of perspective in your photos.
Ruins can be presented aesthetically through photography. Old buildings, castles, old symmetry, old watchtower, etc have a certain appeal to people. If you get a place like that around you, do not lose the chance to capture them in your camera.
Sea, sky, sun and sand the entire four elements make the beach perfect for photography. If the photoshoot is your aim, go there in golden hours to avoid harsh sun rays which can ruin the photos. Also, avoid the crowd as much as possible. You can include people in the photos but that should be in a certain perspective. Use wide-angle and close up lenses depending on how you want your photos.
If you go to a beach, never forget to get some sand photography. It is incredibly photo-friendly stuff. You can write something on the sand and take the photo. Or you can place some seashells here and there to get a more natural picture of sands. Remember to carefully adjust your camera as the sun and wind is very strong there.
Family photography is probably the most common type of photography. Even if you are not a photographer, you may try it several times in your life. Well, you can present the family photos more beautifully than the rest. Maybe a special moment you can capture. Or a different perspective you want to show. Try to brainstorm and put together your unique ideas.
Reading glass is closely connected with our life. They symbolize intellectuality and wisdom. You can take those as a photography subject. You can put other props like books, pens, lampshade, candles etc with them to present it more aesthetically.
Traffic lights serve as one of the best photography subjects because of their color and reflections. The night is the best time for sure to get amazing photos of traffic lights. You can choose anytime like when it busy or quite. Keep the tripod handy for the best captures.
Play with Mirror:
Taking photos with a mirror is not easy as they reflect light and can completely ruin the photo. Try with small mirrors which are easy to carry. Also, they do not show other unnecessary stuff. Then brainstorm and bring out your creative ideas for shooting the perfect picture.
Tell Some Story with Watch:
A watch symbolizes the motion of life and the decay of time. If you have an old antique watch, it is a good photography subject. Present their color and design along with some more props to complement the subject. You can hint at something with your photos. You may want to remind people about the slow-decaying time. Include the perspective you want to present through your photography.
Posters are versatile and they have certain perspectives. It can be a cool photography subject. Find a wall which is full of different posters on different matters. Some may look shabby but that’s not a problem. Just present them the way they are. Use wide-angle and natural lights to get the best photos.
Street foods are one of the most authentic sources for understanding culture and their cuisine. There you have no restrictions on taking photos. Use a wide aperture lens to get the perfect light. Also, let the vendors be in their candids so that it does not look fake. Or you can ask them to pose for you. Include the foods as much as you can.
Wildlife photography is to capture the wild subjects in their natural life. You have to go to them, wait for the right moment to take the photos. If you go to national parks where the animals are already familiar with cars, you can go closer to them. You can use telephoto lenses for the best shots.
A mountain has two perspective- one is the beauty of it another one is the inaccessibleness of it. No one can access it so easily. If you wish to do mountain climbing photography, try to show the hard labour for climbing on it along with the insane beauty. Do not use a tripod or flash to avoid the hassle.
Sky diving is adventurous and taking photos while doing it is crazily fun-project. Of course, you need a lot of practice for mastering the skill. When your subject starts flying, you fly with him as well. And after going to a certain distance, you have to take the photo. Use a wide-angle lens so that you get a good view of the sky too.
Capturing photos while paragliding is far more adventurous and it requires a professional quality setup. You just cannot think it and do it immediately. There are not only light and background but also the air and weather condition to put together. Early morning and late afternoons are convenient times are capturing these photos. As along with your subjects, you will also fly you will need a wide-angle lens and a lit lightweight camera.
Country photography or rural life photography is a wonderful thing to do. Choose a subject that defines rural life better and unique for that setting. Do not wait for any dramatic scenery rather keep it simple and natural. The old farmhouse, houses, domestic animals, etc can be your specific subject. Keep the natural mood and color of life from there.
Some natural elements never fail to amaze us. For instance, dewdrops on flowers, leaves or grass. They are beautifully sparkling little things which are a great photography subject. Investigate for clean and fresh dewdrops with enough saturation. If you do not want to go outdoor, make some fake dewdrops at home.
If you have an aquarium in your home with tiny goldfishes and colorful stones, you can use it for awesome aquarium photography. Macro lenses can be used for capturing the fishes. Also, high shutter speed is necessary for quick-moving fishes. Adjust the camera setting according to the reflection and glass quality of the aquarium.
So here you have the list. Some of these require certain skills with the camera and lights while others are only ideas that you can try. Now pick your camera and let your creativity bloom.