Even though I still go out to shoot when winter rolls in (as it finally has in my part of the country), finding subjects to photograph is difficult. Add on to that the extra incentive needed to go out into the cold, sometimes wet and often dark environment, and it becomes all too easy to find excuses not to shoot.
It doesn’t have to be like this though. Regardless of the season, there are plenty of subjects to shoot in your own backyard. Or front yard. Or even inside your house. All of the photos on this page have been photographed inside my house or in my yard.
Begin to look at your surroundings. Look for shapes, textures and patterns. Look at how colours react with each other. Use window light and create a beautiful still life.
I have written in a previous tip not to let foul weather stop you from shooting, but if you don’t want to venture out, there are lot of other possibilities waiting for you in your own home. Use the time to work on creative compositions using ordinary objects. The search for photographs in places where you normally wouldn’t look can yield some beautiful images along with helping to hone your creative edge.
Until next time, happy shooting.
The digital photography tip of the week is written by the PCIN Assistant Editor, Chris Empey. Chris is a long time photographer and is currently the President of the Niagara Falls Camera Club. You can see more of his photography at his Photo of the Day website.
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