I love photography. I guess it is the POTENTIAL that grabs my attention. You can take a seemingly ordinary thing and turn it into a work of art in a matter of minutes.
Still, most people believe they have to go off to some exotic place to take wonderful photographs, and after having experimented a lot, I can safely say that just is not true.
A photographer who is really into his art takes photographs anywhere.
See the thing of it is, you can take good photographs anywhere, even when the seasons or places you are in are not all that conducive to outdoor photography. That being said, bad weather is no excuse for you to stop taking photos and learning how to make them better. So I’m sharing a few photography exercises to try when you are indoors and can’t get out to photograph the world.
The next time you hang out at the grocery store, pick up some inexpensive flowers. Place them in a vase and start shooting. Amaze yourself when you see the results! Choose different colors including white and practice with different exposures.
Fires and Candles
Spend some time photographing a flame. Experiment with different exposure lenghts and try both long and short exposure times. See how shutter speed affects the overall exposure of an image. You can also experiment with compositions and reflections. Place a shiny surface under candles and try to photograph that.
Oil and Water
This makes a really cool photograph. Try using this technique with a macro lens, if not use some basic extension tubes. Or you can even try with your standard lens. Basically just pour a cup of two in a clear dish and place it on top of two cups sitting on a flat piece of colorful paper. Add two to three drops of olive oil and start photographing the neat shapes. This way the color of the paper will show through the clear dish and make interesting reflections.
Photographing food gives you the opportunity to play with composition, style, and texture. Use a rustic loaf of bread on tea towels. Use matte finishes to enhance that rustic feel. Think about the styling you would use to photograph a cup of coffee. Use the rule of thirds, place the cup on coffee beans. Get creative and play around with the ideas.
This works best in a well-lighted room, somewhere where you might have glass doors. I must say that it is a suggestion given to me by my local glass repair shop. I happened to get some glass doors installed, and it came as quite a surprise to find that the owner was also a photography buff.
Anyway, here is the tip.
This tip helps you learn about photography and understand how the camera sees light. Place your camera on auto and focus on your subject in front of a glass door. Notice what your camera tries to do. Move your focal point off the subject and look at what your camera sees now. Try doing window silhouettes. Use different metering modes and see how this changes the photograph.
Anyway there are a ton of things you can photograph from anywhere. YOu just have to get a little creative and look at your subject matters differently.