5 Photography Ideas for When There’s Nothing Interesting to Shoot



I heard that a lot on a few of the photo walks I’ve led over the years. Sometimes people would even want to leave and go home because they saw nothing that inspired them to take a photo. I find it’s a common question from my students in my classes and from you – my valued readers – here on the site. So I wanted to give you a few tips for how to get the muse working for you and how to find photography ideas and subjects anywhere.




Photography ideas for when there’s nothing interesting to shoot



- This was taken in a back alley in my own city’s downtown core – I found the juxtaposition between the delicate flowers and grungy graffiti appealing.




1. Try a new technique When you’re traveling, or away from home, it’s easier to find interesting subjects because everything is new. So if you’re bored with your surroundings and can’t go anywhere try a new technique you’ve never done before. When you’re traveling is not the time to experiment, do that now in your free time. I’m sure there are tons of things you’ve been itching to try out and haven’t had the time – well now you can do just that.




2. Get really close – do some macro photography


Closeup or macro photography requires you to look at objects differently. Look for textures, cobwebs, patterns. Find an ordinary household item and really take a good look at it. A wooden spoon, a copper penny, an old shoe, even a doorknob can become an interesting subject when you approach it from the macro perspective.





3. Look for the Light (and the shadows)

Closeup or macro photography requires you to look at objects differently. Look for textures, cobwebs, patterns. Find an ordinary household item and really take a good look at it. A wooden spoon, a copper penny, an old shoe, even a doorknob can become an interesting subject when you approach it from the macro perspective.



4. Go to a farm, zoo or farmers market


Even if you can’t get away on a trip or vacation try something a bit more local. Farms that allow visitors, the zoo, or even an outdoor market are great photo opportunities. You might even find something tasty to take home to eat.





5. Pick an unusual subject and photograph only that for a day


If you’re having a hard time finding anything interesting in your area pick something so obscure you have to go looking for it. Something you would normally just pass by without a second thought.





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