9 Photography Projects to Try Out This Weekend

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm XM1 review images (2 of 6)ISO 2501-40 sec at f - 5.6

We know you’re probably bored. And to help you find some inspiration and push your photographic boundaries a bit, we’re encouraging you to just get out there try something new. It doesn’t matter what it is, but you’ll grow and you’ll probably even learn something about yourself or your craft. Just give something new a shot.

With all this said, we’ve gone through our database (after a fresh new website server move) to bring you a couple new ideas that you might not have tried before.


High Speed Flash Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Westcott 7 foot umbrella with Grace (20 of 27)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 9.0

If you haven’t check out our Creating the Photograph series yet, what are you waiting for? We covered in a previous post how one can capture the equivalent of water droplets or anything else moving really fast. Take a look for yourself at how one photographer shot a Pepsi Bottle; then check out how these Milky Pinups were done.

Macro Shooting

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We’ve got a couple of tips on how to do better Macro photography. We strongly encourage the use of a flash, but we also recommend sometimes using light modifiers.

Portraits Using Film

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Film scans (27 of 74)

Though 35mm film may be outdone these days by full frame and APS-C digital, medium format film still isn’t outdone. Medium format film cameras are really cheap these days too. Give one a try.

Mobile TimeLapse Creation

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Thrifty Timelapser (6 of 7)ISO 1001-500 sec at f - 4.0

 

Throw away that light meter! Well, not really. But doing a timelapse with your phone can be uber fun. Check out how we did ours and then sent it over to Instagram.

Urban Exploring

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials The Urban Explorer (1 of 11)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Be very, very careful when you go about exploring abandoned places. We’ve got a list of essentials for you, but your own gear can be more than good enough.

Get a Dog To Look Into Your Camera

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm x pro 1 atlantic ave test (12 of 13)ISO 400

We’ve figured out how to get a four-legged pooch to look into our camera. Why not try this out for yourself? Want more? Check out this project on New York Dogs.

Mimic the Look of Natural Light: Artificially

Pro Tip: Don't ever underestimate what high speed sync can do for you. And if you can't find the look of naturally diffused daylight, try to create it.

Pro Tip: Don’t ever underestimate what high speed sync can do for you. And if you can’t find the look of naturally diffused daylight, try to create it.

Though the look in the photo above is a bit more complicated, you can mimic the look of natural light by using a single speedlight and the right settings. Here’s how we did it.

Try to Build the Perfect Product Photography Setup

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 15mm f2.8 product photos (1 of 8)

Here’s how we used to shoot some of our products for the site. We don’t typically do it this way now, but if you’re looking to shoot for eBay or something else, why not try this method?

Try Your Very Best to Create a Tasteful HDR

Felix Esser The Phoblographer HDR Expose 2 Review

Here’s our guide on how to do just that.

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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.