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One of the common complaints I hear about photography is from people who struggle to find interesting things to take photos of.
I understand the frustration. Some people are lucky enough to live in photogenic places that other people have to travel to see.
So, what do you do when this happens to you? Here are some ideas to help you find interesting subjects and inspiration.
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Okay, I admit that people taking photos of their brunch with smartphones and ing them to Instagram is getting old. The nice thing about food photography is that it combines two hobbies — cooking or baking and photography.
There are two sides to food photography. The other is to provide the right environment to show the food off at its best. Think chopping boards, wooden tables, hand-made plates, and so on. For lighting, nothing more sophisticated than window light is required.
But you can also use it as an opportunity to practice your flash skills.
I made this photo below using natural light. Most people have flowers in the garden. There may also be a park or botanical garden nearby that provides an interesting selection of flowers to photograph. The advantage of photographing food or flowers is that you can set up your photos indoors. But why not take it further and set up an indoor studio?
Once set up, you need a subject. I made this portrait using a single Canon Speedlite flash in a 90cm Lastolite softbox. Feeling inspired yet? My next tip holds the true key to finding interesting subjects in boring places. They are so good for improving your photography skills that even pros regularly set themselves personal projects.
Projects can be simple, or they can be complex, expensive and time-consuming. The reward of these projects has been twofold.
How to find interesting subjects for photography in a boring place
The great thing about projects is that they give you an excuse to contact people who may be interested in taking part. There may be local dance schools you can approach or Facebook groups for dancers. You can get in touch, explain your project idea, and ask if anybody is interested in taking part.
The hardest part is getting started. After your first photo shoot, you will have some photos to show other people.
Not sure what to do?
Also, the person you photographed might be able to introduce to other people who could be interested in taking part. Projects are a fantastic way of finding interesting subjects to photograph.
Hopefully, these ideas give you a head start on defeating boredom and finding interesting things to photograph in your area, no matter how boring or uninteresting it may seem. Do you have any suggestions for finding interesting things to photograph?
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