“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself.” ~ Ernst Haas
Practice makes perfect, so it is said. It is certain, for one thing, that practice refines skills and crafts, leading to developing knowledge if not expertise and professional ability. That is why the idea of continuous improvement is prevalent in personal development, and this applies to all creatives. The more you practice the better you'll become and the greater work you can accomplish.
Photography is an art and a skill that can be enjoyed and honed, even in the comfort of home. You can design your practice schedule and content to fit your lifestyle. Ensuring that you maintain a practice ritual will have you leaving your home confident in the work you are about to create. Here are five ways you can practice photography at home.
Sometimes we’ll find inspiration as close as our front porches. Even if you don’t live in the suburbs, near a park, or even by a farm, you’ll find that nature always has a way of showing up and stirring creative ingenuity.
Telling home stories
Photography creates and also records. This can be done in many fashions and styles. Get your camera and document your day; follow your families around the house during the day capturing what they do. Remember to think beyond just capturing actions but also moments of interest, moments that reflect expression, and moments that illustrate who the person is.
Conquering the self-portrait
Speaking of recording your day, if you live alone, try your hand at the daunting self-portrait. For many photographers, it feels weird to be put in front of the camera (at least it does for me) and for some artists in general it can be uncomfortable being the main subject. However, there are some photo artists, such as Brooke Shaden, who have excelled at self-portraiture, and make it the center of their work. It will give you not only a challenge but also create an interesting process of self-learning.
Be the foodie
We all know a person who photographs what they eat. Well, now you can be that person in the privacy of your own home. Food photography will give you an opportunity to practice not only lighting techniques but angles and arrangements.
Still life is a classic style and can be fashioned for flat lays, products, and more styles. Still life is a great way to practice your understanding and application of composition and the elements of photography. See how inventive and original you can get with your photography.
What do you think of these methods? Will you be trying some at home? If you’re ready to start your practice ritual, check out this ebook for practicing photography at home which includes styles and a checklist to get you on the right track.
Bonus tip: Collect your ideas for future sessions that you want to try in a notebook.