Summer is an awesome time for a new photography project! The days are long, there is plenty of lovely natural light, and it’s a great time to explore new places. I like to have a bit of a plan in mind so that I can make the most of the time of year. Kiki
left a comment on a recent blog post
which got me thinking about how I make practically make plans for my photos, and so I thought I’d share 5 tips to consider when starting to plan a summer photography project. I’d love to hear your thoughts too so feel free to share your comments below!1. Choose your topic
. Find an aspect of photography that you want to learn more about. It may be a style (e.g. portraits, street, lifestyle, landscapes), a camera setting (e.g. shutter speed, manual white balance), a theme (e.g. summer, happiness, a colour, Instagrams) or a new piece of equipment (e.g a new lens, a remote shutter). There is no better way to learn than to get out and do it and learn from your mistakes! It’s amazing how fast you will develop your technique and how much your confidence will grow. 2. Choose your timescale
. As with any project, a definitive start and end gives you something to work with. It means that you can devote specific time to developing your skills without it dragging on or taking over your life. A summer project gives you 3 months to build your photo collection, but you may want to choose something a little more intensive if you’ve got the time. 3. Choose how many photos you want in your collection
. Bearing tip number two in mind, the most important thing is to make sure this is achievable; you don’t want to set yourself up for a fall before you’ve started! Choose a realistic number that you can manage alongside your other commitments if you want to undertake a more relaxing project that won’t become a chore!
Also take your theme into account; for example, it is better to build a smaller collection of photos if the theme requires more time travelling to shooting locations. My favourite project involved taking 30 photos over the summer months…it was enough to learn new skills, not too many to become a hassle, and just a nice amount to make a coffee table photo book at the end :) 4. Be super organised.
It sounds a bit boring but start off as you mean to go on by setting up folders and naming conventions for your files. You’ll be really glad you did it from the start when it comes to the end of the project :)
Keep a notebook handy as you’ll find that new ideas pop into your head at the most random of times. It’s good to have a little list for inspiration when you find some days that it’s lacking!
It’s also a good thing to think about the format of your photos too e.g. do you want them to be the same size and shape? It’s all worth thinking about depending on what you intend to do with them at the end!5. Enjoy it!
The whole point of a photography project is that it’s fun; if you’re really not enjoying it and it’s causing too much frustration then ditch it! But first just ask if you’re being too harsh on yourself…it’s too easy to compare your photography with other people’s so remember that the project is primarily for your own pleasure. It’s probable that not every photo will be great but who cares! Stick with it and you’ll see improvements.
I’m really excited about my new project
which you may have already seen over the last couple of days. I’ve just got myself a new 50mm lens so I thought 50 photos over summer would be a great way to get familiar with it…it’s already proving to be a treat and I can’t wait to take it on my travels.
So there you go – a few pointers to get you started. What are your photography plans for summer? Leave your links below so I can check them out!
Bye for now x