5 Rainy Day Projects
Bit of rainy day? Are you stuck indoors with nothing to do? Got your camera handy? Great!
Turn off the TV and let’s have some fun with iPhotography’s 5 home-based photo projects. You don’t need any special equipment, just a camera – even your smartphone will do!
1. The Colour Game
Have you got a favourite colour? Perfect. Grab your camera and photograph objects that are that colour – simple.
There are only 2 rainy day rules:
- Firstly, you’re not allowed to include any other colours at all.
- Secondly, different shades and tints are OK.
It’s a much trickier game to play than you may think. It will test your perception and creative cropping skills.
Lastly, once you’ve got all your final shots, edit them together in a montage and print it out as your rainy day photo artwork!
2. Rainy Day Still Life Challenge
Are there lots of trinkets and antiques dotted around your house?
Why not try to breathe a little bit of life into them by trying out some single light photos. Rainy day projects can be a perfect opportunity to test out your lighting skills. Lighting still life objects is a great starting point for learning about direction, quality and intensity of light at different distances.
Maybe you could use a desk lamp, torch or your smartphone to illuminate your object. Once you’ve got your chosen subject create a background using a piece of card, a towel or even tablecloth to make it look like a mini home studio.
Have a go at moving your light source around to see what areas you can illuminate and start snapping away with your camera on a tripod or steady surface.
3. Take on the Selfie Challenge
It’s not self-indulgent to photograph yourself and as a photographer, you need to face your fears sometimes. Talking a self-portrait can be a very cathartic process as you can spend quality time with your camera on a rainy day.
Learn about different features on your camera, play around with creative and colour filters to see what effects you can create. No one has to see the final results if you don’t want to but it’s a perfect opportunity to get comfortable with your kit without the pressure of working with a subject.
Don’t rush though, even if you get a shot that you’re happy with, try some more, get creative with your cropping.
Rainy Day Tip – If you have a fully articulating screen on your camera flip it around so you can see the composition.
If you want a few more tips about portrait lighting, then check out our iPhotography portrait blog. Furthermore, you’ll find out even more info in our recently released comprehensive 18-module portrait photography online training course. It’s packed with everything (and we mean everything) you could possibly learn about taking a portrait – yours or someone else’s!
4. ‘It’s Just a Blur’ – Abstract Project
Abstract photography is actually trickier than it may sound. Which is why having a chunk of time with a rainy day project to play around uninterrupted will only help you practise this widely misunderstood genre. There should be 3 clear elements to an abstract photograph – form, colour and texture.
- Form – How can you transform the shape of an object to suggest a new form?
- Colour – Can you still retain colours that are indicative of that object despite its new form?
- Texture – Is there a look of texture, which can help your audience understand what it would feel like?
Firstly, start off by sourcing an object and crop in really close. A macro lens or close up function would be ideal for this approach. Secondly, twist and rotate the object to take a series of images which could build up a sense of the original form. See if your friends and family can guess what it is.
It’s a fun little rainy day challenge to test your creative abilities. Not everyone can look at mundane objects and see something different about them but little games like this will, over time, train your brain into alternative perspectives.
5. Rate Your Snack with Food Photography
Make yourself an impressive sandwich, burger, stack of pancakes or even a salad with all the dressings.
Next, plate your meal up and place it near a window for the natural light.
Open up your aperture as wide as it will go (f2, f3.5, f4, etc.) and shoot some sumptuous shallow depth of field pics with your greasy burger looking like it just got dished up by Gordon Ramsey.
Rainy Day Tip – Go mad with trimmings and toppings, the crazier the better – why? Well someone’s got to eat it afterwards!
When the Rainy Day is Over
Hopefully, the sun does reappear eventually, and you can get outside and take your camera outdoors. In the meantime, we really hope these 5 rainy day photo projects gives you something to try out on dull days.
Make it more fun by involving your kids/grandkids – we’ve never met a child who doesn’t like pressing the buttons on a camera!
If you’ve got any more suggestions for our rainy day projects list, then let us know too!