I thought I would use this blog to share some of ideas on what to photograph. Sometimes I have tons of ideas on what cool things I want to photograph. Like mice or maybe a family of mice, or a selfie of me chasing a mouse – although that one is tricky. Other days, I feel like taking pictures, but am not sure what I want to photograph. On days like this when I want to be creative, but don’t know where to start. I have found that one of the best ways to begin is to ask yourself questions.
To get you started with new ideas, here are a few questions I ask myself. Give it try and see if it helps you decide what to photograph.
What do I like to do?
It’s fun to create photographs of something you really like. Well – because you get to spend more time with doing what makes you happy.
Maybe you like animals, people, nature, or sports.
When you like something, ask yourself. Why… do I like this?
Let’s say you like a certain animal or pet, maybe you think it’s spots or colors are cool. Maybe you like your pet because looks silly when it drools. Can your pet do an unusual trick? Try to choose one idea and see if you can take a picture that shows exactly what you liked about the animal.
What am I curious about?
Maybe you are curious about things in nature, like insects or flowers. Or your curiosity is peaked by things that fly, like helicopters or butterflies. Use your camera to really look at something. It’s fun to learn about something new. Explore your new fascination by photographing it.
What would I like to tell others about?
Maybe you would like others to know about how you love music or how much fun it is to play in the snow. How would you create a photograph that show others – why you like the things you do?
Would you like to tell others what is happening in your neighborhood? Are there any changes to your neighborhood? Or an event that you can photograph. There’s a whole world out there waiting – for you to report on as a photojournalist.
How am I feeling?
Photography is not just, about what you see, it’s also about expressing how you feel. Try taking pictures of things that make you happy, sad, or excited. Show your pictures to others and see if they can guess what feelings you were having.
I hope you try my method of asking yourself these questions to spark new ideas on what to photograph.
- What do I like to do?
- What am I curious about?
- What would I like to tell others about?
- How am I feeling?
If you like to view some terrific photographs that may inspire you on where to start click on the links to the web sites below.
The National Geographic Kids website has loads of cool pet pictures and on the Royal Photographic Society website, you can view amazing photos from sports and science.
National Geographic Kids
Photo Tips: Perfect Pet Portraits and Wacky Weekend: Zany Pets
The Royal Photographic Society: Sports for All and Images for Science
If you are still short on ideas, you can always try photographing a mouse.