As you all stay indoors and practice at a distance due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this may be a great time to invest in something creative and fun instead of just sitting at home. and do nothing. So, instead of just scrolling through social media pages and watching TV shows or movies, why not practice and improve your photography skills at home?
Photography is a skill that requires constant practice and experimentation, so constantly working on it can lead to a better result. Although you have limited space and topics, this can be a great time to be effective and creative. Today we bring you some photography ideas and tricks that you can practice at home during this lockout imposed in most districts of Nepal.
1. Know your equipment
First of all, if you want to improve your photography skills, you need to familiarize yourself with the equipment you use. Most of the bad photos you click on can be mainly due to your unfamiliarity with your gear. Understanding how your camera works allows you to understand exactly what your camera is capable of. So if you want to start shooting from auto mode to manual mode, you had better start learning about your camera.
2. Get a better composition
Most of the subjects you find at home can be fixed, but you can practice composition with almost anything you have at home. Practicing composition on non-stationary subjects can help you hone your skills. You can make anyone your subject: your parents, siblings, pets, and almost anything that moves. As they will be unpredictable and moving, practicing on these topics will require you to constantly readjust for correct composition. With enough practice, you have better ideas for your composition. With stationary objects, you can try out different angles and positions.
3. Macro shooting
The macro world is always fascinating. There are probably tons of small items lying around your house right now. Why not collect them and organize a cool scenario to photograph? It can also help you with conceptual photography. If you have a macro lens, there are tons of options to practice and improve your macro photography skills.
Even if you don’t have one, you still have the option to reverse your lens and take macro shots. To illuminate your subject, you can use lamps and other lights in your home. If you don’t have enough subjects inside your house, you can always find bugs and bugs around your house or even flowers and make them your subjects.
4. Try teardrop photography
The photography of water drops is always fascinating and pleasing to the eye. Setting up your own water drop lab is also inexpensive; you need a container, medicine dropper, tripod, macro lens, and a good natural flashlight or camera to get started. In this technique, you have to use a shallow depth of field, which allows you to enter more light as well as a faster shutter speed to capture a perfect waterdrop photograph.
5. Focus on portrait photography in natural light
An appropriate light source is always required when shooting a portrait. Since you can’t go out for the shoot, you are supposed to be efficient and find the best indoor spots for the shoot. Try to find an area with adequate light, such as windows. Taking pictures in such conditions helps you make the most of the available resources and your place.
6. Try food photography
Food photography can be very interesting. A few studio lights and reflectors can come in handy for food photography. But, if you don’t have them, you can still handle a decent photo with natural lighting. Basic ingredients, filming space, a camera, and a tripod are all you need for this shot.
Since lighting is very important, you may want to take your photos where light is accessible. Experimenting with different ingredients as well as different elements can help you learn more about the right combination for the perfect food photography. You can try different methods for food photography; you can work on the background, reflection, splash and many more. The more you practice, the more ideas you can collect.
7. Practice low light photography
Your home can still be a great option for low light photography. With low lights, you may need to work more on your camera settings. All of this extra work can be of great benefit to you as you will master the manipulation of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Mastering them not only allows you to take pictures in low light conditions, but also allows you to take pictures at all light levels.
8. Try different perspectives
When you shoot inside your home, everything is limited: space, subjects and lighting. But your point of view should not be limited.
Usually, photographs are taken with the subject in front, near or far, but usually from the front. But, now you can take pictures from a different perspective completely. Try to shoot from high or go to the ground and shoot from there. You can find your own way to deliver your story through your photographs. Don’t hesitate to experiment.