Creative ideas to try in your next photoshoot
Rediscover your creative side and learn new techniques for your next session.
It’s easy to see an eye-catching image in a glossy magazine or while scrolling through social media and not stop to think about how much effort goes into creating something so effortless. Often the most difficult work comes before you even pick up the camera. Before you start your next photoshoot, take some time to plan what you’d like to create, so when you’re ready to start shooting, you can focus on bringing your concept to life.
Where to look for inspiration
Sometimes, creativity can be elusive and you can struggle to decide where to start. Ideas can be right in front of us if we take the time to look. Flick through a magazine, watch a TV show or scroll social media. Or step outside of the house and take a walk around the neighbourhood. When you look at what’s around you, you’ll start to see everyday objects in a different light. Pay attention to patterns, colours, textures and quirky compositions, and think about how to incorporate them into your projects.
Try some of these ideas for your next shoot
If you’re struggling to find inspiration, try some of these ideas to get started:
- Some of the most impressive photographs can come from nature. Take a trip to the beach, the bush or even a local park.
- Document a step-by-step approach to creating a meal. From preparing and cooking to plating, tell a story with your shots.
- Frame your subject by shooting through a window or doorway to add a sense of depth and interest.
- Freeze time and capture a moving target, such as animals, people or vehicles. Play with shutter speed to blur your subject or keep it nice and sharp.
- Shoot from unusual angles, such as from above or below. Or use abstract angles and create a sense of mystery.
- Play with scale and perspective by staging your next photoshoot in a large open space.
- Look out for interesting reflections from mirrors, windows or standing water.
- Stage your next portrait session in an unusual location and think about how to feature the backdrop in your composition.
- Use leading lines in your landscapes, such as roads, paths or buildings, to draw viewers into the image.
- Experiment with depth of field and creative use of bokeh.
- Bring your own take to a classic image by recreating it with a difference.
Once you have your image, bring it to life with some simple edits
With the wide range of powerful tools and techniques available in Lightroom, you can bring your images to life with ease. Explore the in-built presets, or develop a signature style and save your favourite edits as a preset of your own.