8 Subject Ideas Photographers Can Find Around the House

8 Photo Subjects You Can Find at Home

With quarantine measures slowly being lifted across the country, you may be excited to eat at your favorite restaurant, shop at the mall, work out at the gym, and get back to other activities you’ve missed.

But chances are, you’re still finding comfort in staying home most of the time and trying to find things to stay busy (since making bread from scratch has lost its appeal). Now that we’re three months in, it’s only natural to feel bored or like you need a spark of inspiration.

In case you’ve run out of photo ideas, we’ve got you covered.

1. Grab the Accessories

Clean off your favorite jewelry and show it some love. Because even though you may not have worn it lately, it can still get some use by pairing it with other household items for a photoshoot.

When photographing jewelry, choose a background, lighting, and other materials to help showcase and complement the style of the piece.

Gold earrings and a gold ring laying on top of and next to a notebook

2. Set up scenes

One of the great things about photography is that you have to use what’s available to create an image. While it may seem limiting at first, when you start challenging the traditional concepts of what and how something can be photographed, the real magic happens.

Push yourself to create another world with the things you have at your disposal.

Start by deconstructing items to their shape, texture, general aesthetic, and even include dolls/figurines to help manipulate the perspective.

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The beauty of the ✨Glowing Gore-Tex Cave✨ ✧ Yesterday this idea was nagging at me all afternoon. I believe that ideas come from somewhere beyond us. When they ask you to pay attention to them, I’ve found that it is best to listen! I heard “create a glow worm cave tonight”… and so… here we are. Is it creativity or just quarantine? Gotta say I believe it’s the creativity. ✧ The set-up for this is tin-foil on a cutting board, 2 books with rain jackets draped over them, paper with holes poked in it, a smart lightbulb set to teal behind that, train figures, and the rock they are standing on is a hunk of rose quartz. Inspired by how it feels to be in a glow worm cave in New Zealand. ✧ Got an idea relentlessly poking at you? That idea wants to be out in the world. Put it into action 🐛 #ErinsGreatIndoors #OurGreatIndoors

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3. Go Abstract

Another style that macro lenses are good for is abstract photography. Get up close and personal with things around the house to make them unrecognizable and even transcendental.

Abstract photo of plants

4. Rethink your gear

Not only can household items be your subject matter, they also act as camera equipment to get a unique shot. Search for photography hacks or take some tips from this list to create faux backgrounds, awesome effects, and DIY camera accessories.

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5. Capture Daily Life

Take on the role of a documentary photographer and take pictures as life unfolds. Maybe it’s a daily selfie, step-by-step of making a meal, or documenting the sunset each night.

Image of a person cutting bell peppers on a countertop

6. Facetime Photography

Still longing to take some portraits? With the right tech, you can do a virtual photoshoot with your friends, family, and clients to get the shot. Get the full details here!

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7. Snap Stills of Prized Possessions

Now that you’ve had ample time to go through everything stuffed under the bed, and in the garage and attic, there’s a good chance you found some long-lost favorites.

Whether you want to take a picture to pay homage to your beloved treasures or even as a way to help sell them online, consider dusting them off and letting them take the spotlight.

Photo of collectible items including baseball cards, Rubiks Cube and a handheld video game

8. Head Outdoors

Take your camera with you on your walk around the block and get some shots of anything that piques your interest.

Challenge yourself to look at everyday things in a new way; consider the way the light changes the subject matter at different times of day, get up close to examine the texture, and appreciate the beauty around you.

Closeup photo of plants in a window planter

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Author Kim Garrison is a product manager at Cision. She also is a snowboarder, photographer, and Washington Capitals fan.

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