Photo Project

Photo Projects for photography enthusiasts who want to expand their creative skills and find new ways to look at the world.

Photo Project: Going Retro With Your Camera

A while ago, I wrote about how to retrograde your DSLR. A guide to temporarily hide all the digital/smart features that your digital camera has, and turn it into something a bit more dated. Yes, it is a strange thing to do… But you know how people go back to writing with pen and paper to really connect to their thoughts? This may help you to do the same with your photography and compositions.

Now, let’s look at how you can use that retro DSLR to gain a deeper understanding of photography and to change the way you think with a camera in your hand. Let’s get started!

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Photography Project: Symmetry. Pic by James Jordan

Photo Project: Symmetry

Join other photographers as we explore the world around us, and understand the various principles of photography as we do so. We start off with looking at Symmetry, and how we can use symmetry in our compositions to tell us something more about the subject, to create an emotion or to create an aesthetically pleasing image. We wrote this article about how to use symmetry. Take a look at it, and then return here to join us in this exploration.

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The Urban Alphabet

The Urban Alphabet: A Photography Project

Today, challenge yourself to find an ‘Urban Alphabet’: Alphabets as found objects in everyday scenes around you.

Cities provide us with a wonderful resource in juxtaposed objects. Magnificently textured drain covers from a different era sitting next to modern paving and street markings, an ultra-modern skyscraper freshly sculpted out of the earth, yet forever posed against the immortal sky… they’re all there for the taking. Put one against the other, and see what alphabets you can make out of them.

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Photo Project: Environmental Portraits

Welcome to the Beyond Photo Tips Photo Project: Environmental Portraits. In this post we are going to look at what portraiture aims to do, and have an overview of what Environmental Portraits are, and how you can get started off with Environmental Portraits.

What Are Portraits?

Portraits try to evoke an understanding between the viewer and the person being photographed. Or at least that’s what the photographer is trying to do most of the time. Other times, he’s just trying to make the subject pretty.

When you look at a portrait you wonder what the person in the photograph is like in character… are they serious, jovial, nutty or geeky? Apart from their usual outlook, what other emotions are they likely to face on a daily basis? These are the questions that a strong portrait makes people think about; and hopefully find answers to.

Environmental Portraits

Girl in field (spring)
by Katrijn Michiels

Now, Environmental Portraits introduce an exciting factor into portrait photography. You guessed it, you dawg, it introduces the viewer to the subject’s (sitter) environment. Big words? Ok. Its a picture of a person in a place that has some connection with whom they are and what they do… So, instead of just the person being the subject of the photograph, elements of the surrounding area become part of that subject too.

Why is this sooo interesting? Because it helps the viewer understand a bit more about the sitter. If the sitter is an engineer who works on houses, posing the them at their work location helps… or maybe posing the sitter at a table with blueprints would work…

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