A Photography Project is great for improving your photography.
At the beginning of a new year I tend to think about what photography projects I want to do for the year. So I thought I’d let you know what mine is, as well as giving you some tips if you are looking at finding one to do yourself?
But there are some things that are needed to make your photography project great.
And this is something that I find is cropping up more and more. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a camera you’re looking at buying or what type of photography you’re shooting – it has to fit you!
And it’s not always easy to figure that out.
So let’s look at some ways to find the best photography project for you.
What is going to excite you?
For instance you need a project that excites you, and gets you out shooting.
The first and most important factor when I’m looking at starting a project is, it has to excite me. Otherwise when the going gets tough half way through the year I’m not going to drop it. I’ll keep at it because I’m wanting to get out there and do it.
What’s going to make you grab your camera and start shooting?
That may seem obvious but I think we’ve all started something that we thought we should, rather than we wanted to…. and then it falls by the wayside….
So don’t start a project because you think you should. Do it because it excites you!
Think about Accessibility
For me, I need to have something that is easily accessible. So I can grab my camera and go without having to do too much planning. It’s also important to me to be able to regularly do my project throughout the year.
So if you want to do landscapes, but it’s a 2 hour drive to where you want to go, then will that restrict how often you can do it?
If you’re fine with that then go for it.
In other words it’s good to think about how often you want to do your project/or are able to. And use that to help you decide if it’s a good fit for you.
Find the type of photography that you want to shoot
What type of photography do you enjoy or want to do more of?
How to decide? The hardest part about a photography project can be deciding what to do? I think a good idea is to have a look back through your photograph catalogue. See if there’s a recurring theme of places or types of photographs that you’ve took. You might just be surprised at what you find, and hadn’t realised that you do so much of. That could be a great starting point for a photography project!
At the end of last year I was processing a lot of landscape/nature photos from holidays that I’d taken, and when I came back I carried on. But when I looked through my Lightroom catalogue I realised I have a lot (recurring) of city/urban/architecture photographs.
What interests you outside of photography?
Would want interests you outside of photography lend itself to being photographed? Does it naturally go with what you like to take photos of?
I’ve also been watching a lot of history programme’s and documentaries, in fact I always do! And I love to go to museums and on history tours. This generally happens in Liverpool which is the nearest city to where I live, and also happens to have tons of places like this.
So I thought I should explore this a bit more.
Do you see a pattern?
I’ve used these tips myself and asked these questions to help me decide on my photography project for this year.
And it’s going to be photographing Liverpool. I love this city from the people to the history and architecture.
In fact I love cities in general I think they are vibrant places. Whether it’s the people or the architecture or the fact they seem to feed off of each other to create the soul of the city. I’m fascinated by them.
I have a lot of photos of Liverpool spread over many years, but I’d like to do it with more intent. So that’s why I’ve started my Liverpool project to include architecture, urban and street photography.
And I can’t wait to see what happens by then end of the year.
As always I’ll share it all here.
But what about you?
What excites you to grab your camera?
I hope this has helped you to choose a photography project for yourself. But if you’re wanting a little bit of inspiration then you may find my video on Ideas for Photography Inspiration helpful.
Also I’d love to know what you have planned for this year. Share what you are doing for your photography project in the comments. I’d love to here them