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Sunday
Aug032008

What To Shoot? Different Genres, Styles And Ideas

Let's Shake On ItThere will come a time when you'll run out of ideas about what pictures to take, or the style to take them in. You'll have visited all the local haunts, taken dozens of pics inside your house, and think "What can I do next?".

I gathered together a few different genres and styles of photography to maybe help you on your way and give you some new ideas.





You could argue that there as many different styles of photography as photographers taking pictures - but there are some rough genres, so have fun mixing and matching to find out what you enjoy doing. I'll try to illustrate examples with my photo's, so please forgive their quality!

Don't forget to challenge yourself and do something new, step out of your comfort zone and learn a new technique, whether it be in camera or in post processing.

Landscapes
Arizona? Hamsphire!


My favourite subjects at the moment, but why not try and put a spin on it, with a black and white treatment,

Why Am I The Only One Here?


or try a different perspective - avoid the sky!

In Blue


Try the beach...

Lee on Solent Groyne


From a different angle?

Lee on Solent Beach Huts


Sunsets are always good.

From My Towers


Maybe go black and white?

Wide Angle


Take shots from a building...

The Gorge


Or of buildings...

Red Brick Church


Maybe Landmarks?

Gosport Marina


Macro. A whole world of possibilities. First, the ubiquitous flower shot:

Rose


How about a bit abstract?

Wild Lilly


Or some other interest?

Smell The Rose, The Sweet, Sweet Rose


A different background?

Shallow Roots


Insects?

Say "Cheese"


Objects?

"TARGET ADJUST 5 DEGREES, 100 YARDS. FIRE FOR EFFECT."


Still Life - Take inspiration from painters.

The Five Senses


Or everyday objects.

Cooking On Gas


People. Close-ups.

Listen


Or as part of the scene,

What's In The Water?


Play with shutter-speeds. Fast:

Splash!


Slow:

Watchman Watched


Depth of Field. Small:

Dress Code?


Big:

Onlookers


Animals. The hard to find:

Deer Near Monks Walk, Gosport


And next doors cat...

The Eyes Have It


There's a world of possiblities out there. Take inspiration from other photographers, try to recreate what they've done so that skill-set is added to your arsenal. Shoot as often as possible, and enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective.

Thanks, Rob.

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