Creative photoshoot ideas can be found in many places…including around the house!
During the long periods of isolation we went through during the past two years, as we were forced to restrict ourselves in so many ways, keeping an eye on our mental health became essential.
So with that in mind, we created a highlights reel collection of pictures that use fun techniques or cool subject ideas that you can do at home — and in nature too, of course! Read on, grab the tips and go have your own fun photoshoot!
This simple home photoshoot idea popped up in our Grad’s group during one of our challenges, and we fell in love with it. Lisa shared with us her tips for creating this amazing photo session:
Shutter Speed: 1/160
If you’re up for some fun picture ideas, there are two ways to create a shot that uses intentional blur for a creative effect.
We love this artistic technique because it allows us to let go of the need for razor-sharp focus and shoot freely. This is especially liberating when the subject is our kid in motion!
We use shutter speed to capture or freeze motion. In doing so, you need to consider motion speed because this affects the final outcome — just as much as the shutter speed.
In this instance, you’re going to capture movement to purposefully create blur, so you need a shutter speed that is too slow to freeze the motion.
Now, as the speed of motion will vary depending on the action, age, and ability of your subject, naturally your shutter speed will change too. So you’ll need to experiment with settings until you get an effect you love.
Before you say “action!” switch your camera to continuous focus drive mode and high-speed burst mode, choose a focus point and say action! Then fire off multiple shots of your subject jumping, moving, dancing, spinning, whatever!
Ensure your focus point is over your subject…if it lands on the background which isn’t moving, you’ll have a sharp background — that’s not desirable.
In this shot below, the shutter speed was quite fast at 1/640. However, the subject was spinning very fast. If a much slower shutter speed had been used, she would have been rendered unrecognisable.
Shutter Speed: 1/640
This photoshoot idea is based on creating blur through intentionally avoiding sharp focus, and it creates a beautifully dreamy feel.
Whilst looking through the viewfinder turn the focus ring until they’re blurred. That’s it!
You could also drag your shutter a little if you want to add a little motion blur too…there are no rules! You’re only limited by your own vision!
Multiple exposures can also be part of the cool photoshoot ideas you might want to try on your own at home.
Traditionally created by making more than one exposure on a slide or frame of film, multiple exposures are simply the combining of two or more photos to create a single image.
Many digital cameras now include this function, or they can be created in software such as Adobe Photoshop.
Some uses of multiple exposures are composites, creative portrait photography, focus stacking and HDR photography.
This mini-tutorial will show you how to do it easily in Photoshop…even if you’re a beginner!
The first image was created by layering the two images below it. There are many ways to do this in Photoshop, but we think Becca’s method is the easiest. For the purpose of this mini-tutorial, we’ll name the image file of Lenox as Image 1 and the leaf image as Image 2:
This is one of the most basic methods. If your Photoshop skills are more advanced, you might like to experiment with different blending modes or layer masks, so you can easily erase areas where you don’t want to see the overlay at all.
But for beginners, this is a fabulously easy start! The first image was created using only the method above by layering the second and third images.
Still life photography is the art of depicting inanimate subjects. It’s an artistic genre, and often the challenge is to find objects that work together and arrange them in a balanced way that is visually appealing. Try these ideas to get started on your own still life photoshoot:
Charlotte Bryant Madison, Advanced Graduate
Looking for the best photoshoot ideas? Head outside early or late in the day and have a play with your shadows!
Look for well defined, hard light shadows to create unexpected low light imagery. The subject doesn’t have to be a person either…any shadow, if well defined and interesting, can be a subject within itself if you pay attention to the surroundings and your composition.
Related: Shadow Photography
These days we’re all in love with the organic feel of a lifestyle or documentary approach to portraits. They do a great job of depicting our daily lives, conveying personality and character, and including the environment gives us context to tell a story.
But there’s a lot of fun to be had with a simple black backdrop as it forces us to get a little more creative to capture personality, and it can be loads of fun for the kids because, in this instance, we don’t want them to simply sit and smile.
Simple black fleece fabric or throw are great options for a homemade backdrop. Sheets are not so great as they tend to crease easily, which shows up in images. Also, put your subject a good metre away from the backdrop to blur it nicely.
You’re also not limited to black. If you love colour or pattern, go crazy, be my guest! Clash as much as you like!
Then have some fun! We love the impact of the unexpected large expanse of negative space that has given this shot.
Related: 10 Spectacular Negative Space Photos
Add a little sparkle to your portraits and hand them a sparkler. Make sure they’re old enough to hold it safely!!
Related: DIY Sparkler Photos
Create a gorgeous fairy light bokeh frame by dangling some white, battery operated fairy lights in front of your lens. Make sure they’re not too close or the highlights will blow out, and you don’t want to scratch your lens!
Tip: If you don’t have any battery operated lights around the house, raid your Christmas deco box for objects that light up. Open it up and remove the small light set-up.
The first time I tried this experiment, I dangled the lights in front of my lens with one hand whilst trying to control my heavy camera and lens combo in the other. Let’s just say there were a lot of missed shots, sweating and swearing!
Excuse the dodgy phone photo — my camera was clearly required elsewhere!
Related: Fairy Lights Bokeh Photo Tutorial
Ready for some extra fun photoshoot ideas that will get your kids excited if hanging out at home?
A twist on the popular confetti portrait, the results are sparklier, but they’re also messier! So take this one outdoors or you’ll be cleaning glitter out of the corners of your home for the rest of your life!
But the process is the same as a confetti shot, and we have a handy tutorial we wrote earlier, which walks you through it step-by-step!
Related: DIY Confetti Photos
This is one the kids will love to be involved in for the fun factor!
Follow Kelly’s easy tips and take your own!
I wanted a fast shutter speed because you know how kids like to wiggle! Then I used my ISO and aperture to get the desired exposure.
Shutter Speed: 1/200
For this shot, Megan popped the clear glass out of a pair of glasses, held it in front of her lens, and shot through it. She also slowed her shutter speed to capture the motion of her son dancing.
Megan slowed her shutter speed for this shot and captured some motion of her son dancing. We suggest that for that speed of movement, begin with a shutter speed of around 1/30 and experiment.
Your lens will probably have trouble focussing through the extra layer of glass and will hunt, which is frustrating! If this happens, switch to manual focus and capture some intentional blur instead.
This photoshoot idea is an oldie but a goodie, and it’s easier than you’d think!
Kellee took a series of fun pictures of her son riding his little roller coaster, then stacked them together to create this fabulous shot!
And these are the images that came together to create the final masterpiece!!