We all have our passions in photography. A 30-day creative photography project is a great way to be creative. All of our photography ideas here, are all achievable at home, in or around your own house.
You can involve your family and friends and create great wall art or family gifts. Some of these creative photography ideas will be challenging, but they will help you understand, learn and grow as a photographer. Get started here!
Day 1 – Spiral Light Photography
Spiral light photography is a variation of light painting photography. Both include a nighttime scene as a setting, and a torch as the subject.
Here, you spin around, in front of the camera, shining a torch at varying angles. Some will hit the floor, others show the path of light.
You can incorporate different coloured gels on the torches, or use light-sticks instead. There is no limit on the amount you can use.
You need a tripod, a night scene and some light sources. The rest is up to you. Read our guide here.
Day 2 – High-Speed Photography
High-speed photography has always been a challenge for photographers everywhere. At some point or another, we have all tried to capture an object moving fast.
Maybe you caught one by mistake, trapped in a sea of countless, unusable images. This is where we show you exactly what you need to do to get it right on purpose.
First of all, you need a camera that can work at very fast shutter speeds. This is the key to freezing any moving object, from trains to planes.
Day 3 – Light Trail Photography
Light trail photography is a very easy way to capture something that really has that wow factor. This photo idea really works anywhere there is a moving light source.
A long exposure is one of the secret ingredients you need in capturing these shots. The most important thing is setting up your scene.
If your setting isn’t interesting, this idea falls flat. But if you can match up an interesting location with light movement, you can create something truly spectacular.
Day 4 – Long Exposure Daytime
A long exposure is something that has the potential to really dramatise a scene. By focusing on your cameras’ shutter speed, you can affect any movement in your image.
This style of photography works in a multitude of ways. You can use it to remove unwanted objects in your scenes, such as wandering people.
It also emphasises the power of moving objects, turning clouds into streaks and water into glass. It adds interest while keeping the focus on the important parts.
Day 5 – Light Graffiti
We have all seen those interesting nighttime images where someone is painting something in front of the camera. What you may not realise is, it is relatively easy to do. You don’t need to pay for a photography course to do this.
All you need is a slow shutter speed, a tripod, a torch and a lot of patience. Your scene is important, so make sure you find one with a high level of interest.
Next, you need to get yourself (having an assistant makes it easier) in front of the camera to paint away. Read our article on light graffiti for all the help you will ever need.
Day 6 – Macro Photography
Macro photography is an idea many photographers do not delve into. Many believe it is difficult and unobtainable.
It is true you may need some extra equipment, but the process is very easy. You are only held back by your own creativity.
A macro lens or extension tubes allow you to photograph objects larger than their 1:1 ratio. And the best thing is, you can photograph anything!
The general population rarely see objects from up close, so offering this perspective leads to creative and interesting photos.
Day 7 – Crystal Ball
Crystal balls were made famous by jugglers and David Bowie. As photographers, we realised that they offer us a new perspective on our scenes.
By photographing through a crystal ball, we are able to manipulate the viewer’s perspective. The scene is both upside down and the right way round, at the same time.
Read our crystal ball photography article for all the information you need, and some inspiration on getting you started.
Day 8 – Water Droplet Photography
Water droplet photography is a great way to capture something simple, yet powerful. This is something that makes for effective product or food photography.
It even works as a piece of abstract art on its own. The idea is that you let water drops fall from a height into a bowl filled with water.
This splash of the water is the interesting part. The further the water falls, the bigger the splash. You can adapt this scene as you wish.
Backgrounds make for an interesting scene, and coloured water adds more interest. You can be as creative as you want!
Day 9 – Custom Bokeh
Bokeh is the art of adding creative blurred background elements. All genres of photography can benefit from this effect, and it is easy to recreate.
Here, a wide aperture is key. But in our custom bokeh effect article, we can show you how to create specific shapes, to give your background extra oomph.
This project only takes a few minutes with the right equipment, yet, will help transform any image you want.
Day 10 – Oil and Water
Some things just aren’t meant ot go together. Oil and water are one of these, and here, we take full advantage of this fact.
The reason they stay separated allows us to give shape, form and texture to an otherwise dull and boring image.
This technique is abstract photography at its best. They make spectacular pieces of art, fantastic wall pieces and great conversation starters.
All you need is some oil, water, a place to put them on and some colour. Read our article on how to capture and perfect this idea.
Day 11 – Photomontage
The photo montage has been around since a photographer realised he brought a telephoto camera lens to a group photography session.
Here, we take many images to show a wider perspective. The layering on the images and how you choose to do that is the interesting and creative part.
You can be as creative as you want, and some photographers decide to show multiple sides of the same subject. Here, cubism is photographically achievable.
Give it a try, but first, read our article to make sure you have everything you need. You may even find some inspiration.
Day 12 – Photoelasticity
Photoelasticity is an interesting and creative way to show colours in otherwise dull objects. Here, we focus on clear plastic objects as our main focus.
You do need a few things to achieve this effect, but none are difficult to obtain. A polarising light source and polarising filter are necessary items.
The camera angles and compositions are down to you. Here, you can create something simple, focusing on shape and form, or something very abstract.
Day 13 – Steel Wool Photography
Steelwool are the tools that you would use to clean a very dirty pot or pan. One way or another, night photographers realised it would make for an interesting effect.
The idea is that you set these on fire while you spin it. Your camera captures the moment, sitting on a tripod and using a long exposure.
This is a great way to light up an outdoor scene that would otherwise be too dark. It is an interesting technique on its own.
Read here on all the information you need. Also, how to complete this idea safely.
Day 14 – Transferring Photos Onto Wood
A great way to show off your photography is to use wood. Most images we see are either framed or hung high from buildings in the city. That’s if they aren’t online.
To create a simple, yet tangible print, choose wood. You are only limited to your ideas. Most pieces of wood will work, as long as it is flat, and you treat it properly.
These are great gifts or a perfect way to showcase your own photography in an interesting way. They look fantastic and it is actually very simple.
Read here on how to create them, looking at all the elements, step-by-step.
Day 15 – Bubble Photography
Bubbles aren’t only for children, they are also great photography subjects. They are visually engaging, and become an element for fantastic abstract images when captured the right way.
It is not only easy to create these interesting images, they have the potential to create otherworldly effects.
All you need to get started is hand soap, water and a straw, along with a secret ingredient. Read our article about bubble photography to recreate these interesting images.
Day 16 – Harris Shutter Effect
The Harris shutter effect is not a new technique. It was a pet project of Robert Harris’, one of the men behind Kodak.
The idea was that by photographing three different coloured images, you could achieve the original colour.
This only works if the subject isn’t moving, as the colours need to overlap to receive their true state. Photographers started to experiment.
By photographing scenes where movement is present, you can show an interesting image. You will see combined and separated colours in one single image.
Day 17 – Slow Sync Flash
Have you ever found a scene where the natural light is interestingly lighting a subject you want to capture?
Perhaps you tried and found the setting was actually too dark. This is where slow sync flash comes in.
The idea here is that you add a touch of flash to a long exposure. This freezes the subject while allowing you to handhold your camera.
You fire the flash on the rising of your shutter curtain. Our article here tells you everything you need to know.
Day 18 – Smoke Photography
Capturing smoke is a fun way to challenge yourself. The idea is pretty simple, but grabbing that particular look, shape or form is the tricky part.
This is something you can use for dramatic product photography. Halloween food photography and atmospheric greeting cards are also great ideas.
You can use many items to give you smoke. Incense, matches and blown-out candles all work well. Combine them all for an interesting look.
Everything you need is right here, in our article.
Day 19 – Colourful Water Drop
Colourful waterdrop photography is an excellent way to bring out shape, forms, colour and texture out in a photograph.
The idea is by using water droplets, we create a multitude of tiny lenses, allowing us to see the background replicated over and over again..
It is interesting as the background is shown both as a bokeh element and in focus at the same time. Kudos.
Day 20 – Water Splash Photography
Water splash photography is a creative way to make your food and drink photography stand out.
Having water splashing around items really helps to add a scenario or story to your concept.
The water falling gives a feeling of a relaxed and chilled time, like a cold drink on a hot summers’ day while you relax.
It is a simple enough idea, but it can be tricky to capture the exact scene and water splashes. Our article will give you all the information you need.
Day 21 – Chain Link Cut-Out
As photographers, we are always searching for new ways to add creativity to our work. Here, we use a simple image and photographic editing software to create an interesting portrait.
The idea is that by photographing a subject behind a chain-link or wire fence, we give ourselves a platform from which to work. We then cut out parts of the image to hide elements.
It is a new take on portrait photography mixing with photographic manipulation, which you can find how to create here.
Day 22 – Day To Night Photography
Photography is always split into two parts. Daytime and nighttime images. Each requires different camera settings, photographic gear, and photography project ideas.
With day to night photography, you don’t need to choose. In this type of photography, you can incorporate both at the same time.
First, pick a scene that has elements that would be interesting during the day and at night. Then, read our full day to night photography article on how to make it happen.
Day 23 – Double Exposure
Double exposures are nothing new, but they are a very creative way to show two very different photography genres.
The idea is simple. You capture two sperate scenes, of anything that you want. Then you stitch them together to form one image.
This creative idea fits all styles of photography, specifically landscape and portraiture. You can even use them to show two juxtapositioned concepts.
Read our photograaphy tutorial here for a comprehensive look into creating this interesting and creative technique.
Day 24 – Hidden Camera Trick
No doubt you wished there was a magic mirror in your possession. One that doesn’t reflect you holding a camera, and ruining the image.
Well, look no further. By following our simple step-by-step guide, you can create interesting self-portraits without that annoying device getting in the way.
Viewers will scratch their heads in amazement, wondering how you managed to capture the scene. This is camera trickery at it’s best.
Day 25 – Mini Globe Panoramas
Mini globe panoramas are digitally manipulated images, made to look like tiny planets. There is so much you can cover using this simple technique.
They look complicated and time-consuming to create. By reading our step-by-step guide, you can recreate these in no time. You don’t even need to spend any money.
All you need is a creative influx, a panoramic image of your favourite scene, a photo editing software program and some patience.
You will wow everyone who sees it.
Day 26 – Multiplicity Photography
Multiplicity is a very easy technique to create and use. It works in any area of photography where the fluidity of movement is important.
I have seen images of this idea used to show eclipses, landscape images and even sports scenes. Basketball is a great contender for this technique.
It is a perfect way to show a series in one single image. Your creativity here is key, as the idea is so simple, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it before.
Check out our step-by-step guide to start making your multiplicity photography.
Day 27 – Picasso Cross Section
The Picasso cross section is a mind-bender of a technique. It has the potential to make you double-take again and again.
Just when you think you wrapped your head around it, confusion takes over. Where to start making sense of it all?
Picasso made this style famous in his painting genre of Cubist art. You can recreate it simply enough, making you look like a Photoshop God(ess).
Our article on this picasso style cross section has the step-to-step guide you really need.
Day 28 – The Droste Effect
The Droste effect was first shown in a Dutch advertisement selling cocoa powder. The image of the woman was replicated and shown inside the same image.
Here, we can add to this idea by creating multiple copies of the subject, repeated again and again, in the same image.
It is a creative and weird idea, yet simple once you get the hang of it. We can help you show off your photographic talent, with a very easy step-by-step guide.
Day 29 – Tilt-Shift Photography
Tilt-shift photography has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Originally, it was a way to correct perspective distortion in architecture.
Nowadays, photographers can purchase these lenses for their DSLRs, allowing them to use this idea in very creative ways.
From photographing from a high vantage point, you are able to create a very interesting perspective. This gives the impression of miniaturisation.
Go through our article here on everything you need to know to use this technique.
Day 30 – Time-Lapse Photography
Time-lapse photography is a great way to show a scene where a single photograph just doesn’t show the right mood.
Many people think that a long-exposure image will give them the same scene as a time lapse. In fact, they both give you a very different final result.
This is a great idea for cityscapes, watching a building project and flowers opening.
Whatever the subject, your camera needs fixing to a tripod, and an intervalometer does the rest. Read our article here on every step of the process.
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