Are stuck in government mandated quarantine and can’t leave your home? Are you self isolating because it’s the right thing to do? Or are you a introvert and just don’t like leaving your home? Taking amazing photos at home can be challenging, but with the right inspiration and attitude it’s possible to create art where you never saw any before.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel like my stuff is worth photographing, but really it’s probably just because I see it every day. Once I start to get up close or rearrange things, I’ve created some great photos indoors and in my backyard.
Without further ado, here are 7 great ideas to start taking photos within your home.
1. Get Up Close
This is by far my favorite technique for creating interesting photos at home.
Getting up close to an object isolates it from its surroundings and can help make it a little more interesting because of the lack of context.
I find that items with an interesting texture make good up-close photos, such as blankets, pillows, rugs, and plants.
If you can go outside and have a backyard or a not-crowded park nearby, try photographing some of the blooming spring flowers.
If you have a macro lens for your camera, you can get even closer than normal, although sometimes I find that not enough is left in focus. Below are some shots I took of my old loofah!
2. Create a Still Life
Try creating a still life by bringing together objects that go well together. I know that’s really vague but I don’t really know how else to describe it. It’s more of a gut feeling that they look nice as a group.
If you have any toys lying around (LEGOs work really well), you can try arranging them into little scenes. This would be a fun experiment with messing with scale, since it could look like the toys are life size.
Vesa Lehtimäki creates incredible LEGO still lifes, mainly with Star Wars characters.
3. Arrange a Flat Lay
Technically, a flat lay is a type of still life, but I think it deserves its own category on here. There’s something so aesthetically pleasing about a perfectly design flat lay.
A flat lay is a collection of objects that is shot directly from above. A tripod can be very useful for this.
Try grouping similar objects together, like office supplies, a makeup collection, or some jewelry and creating a layout.
I often see flat lays in food photography and as the background to Pinterest pins, especially those about business and blogging.
Here’s an article with some amazing examples of flat lays to get you inspired.
Flat lays make for great backgrounds on Pinterest pins, so I made this one for a school related post.
4. Play With Your Food
With all the time spent indoors, I’m sure it’s tempting to eat a lot more than you usually do. Try and give your ingredients and food a second purpose by turning them into beautiful photos before eating.
Try and capture the different steps of the baking and cooking processes. Different angles can create entirely different looks to these photos. Flat lays are a great way to capture food. Other angles from the side could make it look like you are taking a “portrait” of the finished product.
I’ll readily admit my food photography skills are lacking, so here’s a much more useful article with specific tips on how to improve your food photography.
If you are quarantined alone, try taking some self portraits. There’s no one around to interrupt or judge you!
Having a tripod and either a shutter release or timer will be really useful for self portraits. If you are quarantined with other people, they can help you with your self portraits, even if it’s just pressing the shutter for you or holding a prop.
Also, if they’re willing, try taking some portraits of the people you are quarantining with. Capture their “work” outfit as they wear pajama bottoms on a Zoom call. Get dressed up even though you have nowhere to go and have a full on glam photo shoot. Just have fun with it!
6. Play With Your Pets!
If you own a pet during this quarantine, they are probably the happiest they’ve ever been. Spend even more time around them by photographing them and bribing them with treats.
This can range from fun action shots of them playing to a professional pet portraiture session. Add some props in if they don’t mind (thinking of dogs right now). Just make sure to have some of their favorite treats hanging around.
7. Re-Edit Old Photos
If you’ve been taking photos for a while, chances are your editing style has changed, possibly many times.
Take this time at home to go back and re-edit some of your favorite photos in a new style. Maybe you’ll find a new one to test out with these photography ideas above!
This is also a great chance to learn more about whichever editing software you use, or try using another one.
I hope this article has inspired you to create some new photos at home during quarantine! If you have any other ideas, please share them in the comments!
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