We all have “photographer’s block” sometimes, so I’ve compiled a list of things to photograph (ie. trees).
And don’t forget, there are many ways to photograph a tree (ie. close up, silhouette, b&w). You can photograph them at different times of day, and different seasons too.
Pick something on this list and get clicking!
PS – There is a download link below so that you’ve always got this checklist handy!
The natural world is exciting to photograph because it is bursting with colour, shapes, and lines.
The natural world changes quickly from day to day and season to season.
- Tree bark
- Tall grass
- Orchard (in
- bloom or full of
- Pumpkin patch
- Sunflower field
Don’t forget that whatever you photographed in the summer can be photographed again in the winter.
Also, whatever you photographed at sunrise can be photographed again at noon. Mix up the seasons and the time of day and you’ll get a unique photo every time!
- Cloudy day
- Moon light
If you’re craving some social interaction, grab your camera and find some interesting people to photograph!
Families (yours or a friends):
- A newborn
- A toddler
- A child
- A teen
- Twins, Triplets
- A family
- 3+ generations
- Playing with bubbles
- At a playground
- Riding bikes
- Playing sports
Friends with an interesting job / hobby:
- Woodworking / tools
- Business headshots
There are cool events happening everywhere! The cool part about photographing an event is that you can often combine people, nature, and other “things.”
- Sports team (friend, league, business – offer photos for social media)
- Public event / festival
- Street photography
- Call a media network and ask what they need
- Local charity, event
- Habitat for Humanity, home build
- Animal shelter
- Farmer’s Market
- Fishers / Boaters / Marina
- Air show
- Car show
Photography contests are often organized around a certain subject or theme. Even if you don’t feel like entering the contest, you’ll still get good ideas of what to photograph. Look for contests in:
- Your city website
- Local paper
- Photography magazine
Once you’re well practiced in nature, take it to the next level with animals! You may need to use a telephoto lens for animals that won’t let you get too close.
- Friends animals
- A farm
- A vet
- A shelter
- Pet store (offer them social media photos)
I love buildings for the lines, textures, and reflections. They can be fun to photograph during different seasons too.
- Old buildings
- Glass buildings
Things are everywhere, but sometimes you need a purpose to motivate you. How about:
- Products for a small business
- Crafts for friends Etsy store
- Family heirlooms
- Museum artifacts
- Junk yard (rusty, textured items)
Try a new technique with the things that you’ve already been photographing.
- Black and white
- Close up, macro
Photographer Dorathea Lange says,
“I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck.”
I agree with that!
Remember that photography is a journey. Explore, experiment, and get in over your head!
Keep this list handy for when your mind goes blank!