10 Home Photography Projects
home photography projects
home photography projects
Home photography projects are a great fall back for all new and creative photographers to rely on when the outdoors just isn’t accessible or appealing.
You may know all about our iPhotography Home Projects Course already, but we wanted to bring you 10 more home photography projects that will only motivate you and your photography further.
All of these projects are easily done at home. There are no real specific camera settings needed, just some props and planning in advance. Use these 10 camera and editing tricks as a great way to pass the time, on your own, or with the kids (and grandkids).
1. Coloured Cellophane Lighting Filters
Head down to your local craft store or scour the internet for rolls of coloured cellophane. Choose two complementary colours. Place two light sources on either side of your subject and block out all other ambient light.
If the colours aren’t appearing strong enough, fold the cellophane in half to make the colour denser. The effect of coloured lighting can add emotion, atmosphere and totally change the natural perspective of your original subject.
2. Frozen Things
Whip out your ice cube tray from the freezer and go hunting for small objects to place in the tray. Think about buttons, beads, petals, dice, marbles etc. Fill the tray up to the brim and then pour in the water. Leave them in the freezer overnight.
Next day rescue the tray from the freezer and pop out your newly created ice cubes. Pop the cubes on to a reflective base – a shiny black tile looks great – and match the background with a similar colour (try some coloured card).
Use the flashlight on your phone to light up the cube if you want. Hard light will give a nice shine and glimmer to the ice. You’ll need to work quick to avoid melting!
3. Flat Lays
Clear yourself some floor space and crack out the tripod. Arrange all the items of your chosen subject, in parts, on the floor.
- Baking – utensils / cutlery / bakeware / apron / ingredients / cook books
- Florals – flowers / petals / stems / bulbs / seeds / vase / gloves / clipping sheers
- Photography – lenses / bag / flash / batteries / memory cards / books / iPhotography Flip Cards?! 😉
- Football – kit / ball / boots / drinks bottle / socks / shin pads / scarf / hat / tickets
- Art – pens / paint / paper / palettes / overalls / sketches:
Spread out all the objects on the floor in the square arrangement. Make sure the spacings are even throughout.
Get yourself a stool if you need to raise the camera higher and look straight back down (90-degree angle) to the flat lay. Try different arrangements each time you shoot.
4. Mirror Images
Compact and frameless mirrors are cheap and instantly creative props to have around the house. Firstly, clear off any fingerprints!
Now go hunting around your home looking for some double perspectives. Try positioning the mirror in the middle of your subject and touching the rim of your lens so you’re shooting right along the surface for the best effect. If you’re too close to focus, then stand back and zoom into the mirror gradually.
Mix it up a little and position the mirror on the vertical, horizontal and diagonal across your camera’s view to see what odd perspectives you can create. It’ll educate you in creating depth, attempting half crops and the power of reflections.
5. Cut up Collage
You can try this home project with existing photos too. But to shoot it fresh choose one object of your choice and take 4, 9, 12 or 16 photos of it from a fixed position on a tripod. On each photo zoom in to a different area of the object to focus on a small part.
Take all your shots and upload them into a collage creator – we love Photo Joiner! (not sponsored) Create a collage of all your shots but mix up the natural positionings to create a mosaic view.
It’s a great way to tease audiences as to what the original object was and a great talking point when you have visitors at home.
To do this project with an existing image you’ll need to re-crop it and save individual versions in editing, and then upload it to make the collage.
6. The Harris Effect
If you’ve taken our iPhotography Light Tricks Course you’ll know all about the Harris effect. But for newbies, this is a blend of photography and editing to create a very psychedelic look. Watch the video to see how it’s done.
7. Half Crops
There’s nothing better than totally abandoning every rule of composition you’ve been told about in photography! Rules are made to be broken right? Well in this home project we’re smashing any guidance about framing.
Instead, pick a range of objects around the house and only photograph half of them – which half is up to you. Slide it to the left, right, top or bottom of the frame – it doesn’t matter. Just make sure only half of your subject is in the frame and is empty space.
It’s new-wave, modern, unusual, thought-provoking and surprisingly fun!
8. Inside Shooting
This is a clever home project that doesn’t involve you behind the camera. You’ll need to pick out some appliances or places you can put your camera inside.
- Washing Machine
- Sock Draw
- Under the Bed
You’ll need to set your camera up with certain settings too:
- Set your focal length to go as wide as possible
- Max out your aperture size
- Turn the camera’s self-timer to 5 or 10 seconds
- Turn on the pop up/built-in flash
- Set focus mode to wide
Image by Jon Andrew (iPhotography Student)
Find a balanced place to put your camera inside the appliance and press the shutter button, you’ll have a few seconds to adjust yourself. Stand back and reach your hand into grab the camera just as the shot is taken for a brilliant POV (point of view) perspective. Make sure your cooker and washing machines are turned off first!!
9. See-Through Portal
Creating a multi-dimensional portal is another little home photography project with a little post-editing involved.
Grab a family member to put on their coat and stand in front of your camera. Ask them to pull open their coat to reveal the layer underneath. Don’t move the camera after this shot but ask them to step out of the frame and shoot the empty background too.
Take the two shots in to editing and make a selection of the area exposed when they opened their coat. In Photoshop you can do this by using the Magic Wand Tool or the Lasso Tool. Once you’ve got your selection, go back to your shot of the empty background and copy and ‘paste into’ the selection you made.
Simply slide and transform the new layer so it fits the perspective that makes your subject look like they have a hole seeing through them! You can use other pictures instead to create a more sci-fi feel of stars, planets and galaxies.
10. Floating Flowers
A chance to head out into the garden for our last home photography project. Look for small-headed flowers – Daisies are perfect. Remove the stem and find yourself a plain coloured plate. Carefully pour water on to the plate to just below the rim.
Now gently place your Daisy heads on to the plate so they float on the surface. Let them settle before shooting from an overhead position (like a flat lay).
Consider getting a few different flower heads and petals from your garden to mix up the colours. In the summertime, you could crack out the kid’s paddling pool and do the same effect on a larger scale!
Image by Carol Fourie (iPhotography Student)
If you’ve tried your hand at any of our 10 home photography projects, then let us know. Don’t forget to post your efforts to the iPhotography gallery. Tell us if you found new ideas to make different effects.
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