Some folk don't believe me when I say that there are some fascinating subjects in your house that are waiting for you to capture with your camera.
I took to writing this article to give those doing the #SGPhoto "Household" challenge this week some tips on how to find those uber-creative shots just in your natural habitat. Instead I did a quick search and came across this article with 7 simple photography tips.
The photographer/blogger's name is Steven Huff and he gave himself a similar challenge when he woke up one gloomy Sunday and instead of moping around about the crappy weather he grabbed his camera and went hunting for good shots.
His tips are more general (and still good stuff to keep in mind) and may not directly apply to this week's challenge, but they do apply to the idea behind the SGPhoto challenge. To give a bastardized summary he advises you to experiment with your photography. Try new angles, explore new territory, approach subjects differently (and approach different subjects)...
For this week's challenge of "Household", just look through your camera around your house...and I mean ACTUALLY look through it. Don't try to just find shots with your eyeballs, get that camera in front of your face and see what you can see with it. Then you'll find yourself looking at ordinary objects with a new perspective. And then you'll find your shot.
Some other tips I'd like to pass onto you for this week:
- Got an item (or a collection) that speaks to your personality? Start with that. You've got an emotional connection to it, try communicating that with a photo.
- Found something to take a shot of? Take the shot. Now change your angle. Take another shot. Now move in close. Take another. See how many different ways you can look at that subject.
- Follow your family (without creeping them out) and grab candid shots of them. If you're family is anything like mine they'll be camera shy and refuse. Don't invade their space but also don't let their discomfort dissuade you. I felt bad about candid shots of my family for years, but eventually I learned to ignore their pleas. Once they saw the great photos I could get of them, they got more comfortable with me pointing a camera at them.
- Do what Steve did and follow your pet (if you have one). They certainly won't mind.
The subject can be ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING that can be found IN YOUR HOME. That doesn't mean hire a model to come to your place, that doesn't count. Similar to the "Architecture" challenge this week you'll be forced to find your shot with an unlikely subject. This is to get you thinking with the "frame of your mind" (you like that?) and think outside the box.
Got tips of your own to share with the SG Photo group? Leave them in the comments below.