Learning photography doesn’t happen overnight. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can’t fit into the span of a busy day to help you improve your images. In fact, taking pictures every day is a great way to steadily improve the images you take. But what do you take pictures of? What things can you do every day that will really improve your photographs?
We’ve compiled a list of eight things you can accomplish in fifteen minutes or less, so you can fit learning about photography into each and every day.
Take pictures of the same item in different ways.
When you take pictures of the same item every day, you’ll have to get creative to get different shots. Photographing the same object every day is a great way to get you thinking about different ways to shoot. But, photographing the same thing on a different day also teaches you how to work under a variety of conditions; under bright sun or clouds, by a window, in the rain, in a crowded area or in an empty one.
Many photographers try this exercise by shooting a stationary object that’s small enough to carry with them wherever they go, like a doll or stuffed animal. But you don’t have to photograph a stationary object every day. You could snap of photo of your child or pet every day too, for example. The key is to use something (or someone) that you see every day and that can travel with you.
Randomise your subject.
Photographing the same item every day is a good way to start thinking about different ways to photograph. But what about items that you may have never thought to photograph before? Like a ketchup bottle, or that old house you see every day on your way to work. When you are forced to photograph something that doesn’t initially inspire you, you start getting creative about making a simple subject beautiful. Or, instead of randomising your subject, choose a more abstract idea to focus on every day, like empty space, depth or lines and get creative with how you incorporate that idea into a photograph.
There’s a number of different ways you can try this exercise. Write down a bunch of words and draw one from a hat every day. Steal some cards out of Pictionary or some other game. Use an online random word generator. Whatever it is, try to shoot subjects you normally would have never thought to photograph.