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Do the opposite: A day a photo. You are only allowed to take a single photo each day, so choose wisely. :) This would not be something for a long running project, but you could try it for a few days, just to get a completely different view on photography.


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One that I've done is: Draw a random walk (say, 12 points, each 200 yards apart) on a map. Go and take at least one photo at each point, no matter how uninspiring you find it when you get there. If you're a programmer, you can generate walks with Google maps/Bing maps (my own horrible implementation is here, and I apologise in advance for the UI...). If ...


19

Constraints drive creativity. So take away your choices during shooting. Go out with just one camera and fixed lens. Shoot only black and white. Shoot slide film. Buy yourself some ancient camera. Alternatively work with something you hate. Hate lens flare - so make a picture where you actually like lens flare. Hate high ISO noise - again, make it work for ...


14

I had a "Dogme 95"-inspired project a couple of years ago (and still do it, occasionally). I set up a strict set of rules for my photography, which caused me to start making images in a different manner from what I was used to. The set of rules was: In-camera black & white, jpeg format (so there was no way of tweaking the gray scale conversion ...


13

The first thing that comes to my mind is convert it to infrared. That way, you can take pictures unlike what your other cameras can get with it, returning it, potentially, to a place of prominence in your camera line-up. (Many more pages about this exist. I picked one that seemed DIY and P&S oriented, but it may well behoove you to find one specific to ...


12

The "100 strangers" project is something I've been meaning to try for a while, but I haven't yet. I am almost finished on my 2nd year of photo-a-day though, and I expect that I'll probably keep doing a photo a day for the rest of my life. It's worth it just for the memories attached to them, and I'm already saying that before I've finished my second year :) ...


9

Spare change for a portrait - Whenever someone approaches you and asks you for money, ask them if you can take a portrait of them in exchange for the money. Inspired by Thomas Hawk's $2 Portraits set.


9

Look twice before pressing the shutter button in the hope that the results get that little bit better :) ... here's hoping!


8

Things to do with two or more cameras: 3D Photography: You can setup both cameras with remote triggers with them mounted using a tripod accessory that holds both cameras. Then you can take photo simultaneously from two points (you would have to scale down the one from the 7D) and merge them together into a 3D image. Time-Lapse are great to do with a second ...


7

I'm Starting one of those 365 projects. And I plan on sharing on my blog how I use digiKam and Rawtherapee in my "workflow" (Not sure if I'm qualified to use that term :P ). There doesn't seem to be much on the inernet on the subject of photography on Linux... besides allot of people who seems satisfied with just using UFRaw + Gimp. :/


7

I occasionally volunteer my photography at historical societies. I have a keen interest in photographing old and disused structures and historical sites, so if I can get access for free then I'll subsequently give the photos to the group as well. Sometimes they will show you around the sites ask you to photograph important objects. This process basically ...


6

Well, if had an old point and shoot hanging around, I'd probably give camera tossing a go. You can get some interesting shots doing this. Alternately you could leash the carry strap and whirl it around. This is more fun if the camera has a built in intervalometer for taking snaps on time intervals. Anyways, marked my answer community wiki in anticipation of ...


6

Entertain the cats. Be sure to project slides relevant to their interests. (Then, of course, you can do as Jędrek Kostecki suggested, and use the projected slide as the starting point for a new photograph.)


5

As others have said, constraints are frequently valuable in such projects. Sometimes, a set of constraints can spontaneously develop -- figure out that you're excited about taking pictures in a particular time/place/situation, pick some attributes of that, and repeat them. For example, I did a series for about 15 months where I went "Downtown on the 1st" ...


5

Letters of the Alphabet I have done a Variation of the A-Z project, it involves taking photographs of the shapes of letters arround you, wether this is in the garden or home, or in a park, where ever. The onesbelow were taken on a 50mm at f1.8 and that was an added part of my challenge.


5

In my study they mentioned picking subjects that: piss you off excite you you love you hate scare you Whatever you pick make sure you can stick it out. If you get bored of a subject, it will show in your images. It can be as conceptual or easily accessible as you like. The final project I did while studying was with a charity. By working for a charity, ...


5

You could fix or just hold it to the top of a car and take some long exposure shots during night rides. Repeat it enough times and you may end up getting quite interesting results... :o) This one used a 1/8 seconds exposure, the taxi was going around 70km/h. And this one used a 0.6 seconds exposure, at 80 km/h and under rain. Note the absence of ambient ...


5

There's always the subject A-Z with your photo's successive subjects in alphabetic order (for more of a challenge, try and go it for photos that relate to your local area - as an example, a few people have done this on Flickr)


5

I've been thinking about dragging my camera out to the same point on a trail several times a week for a year, then combining all the images into a video. Then I realized I was too lazy to do that.


5

Like Night and Day - Take two shots of the same scene, one during the day and one at night, to show the contrast between night and day. Inspired by Roger Barnes.


5

I'm beginning a project where i re-take very old photographs of my hometown. I got some old photos on an old multimedia cd-rom and some blogs, and still are in the process of sorting and geotagging them. Later i will re-take the best ones! The contrast and the changes in the streets and buildings are very interesting, i'm having a blast just going through ...


5

I think I'll start a 365 project again, I really need to start taking more pictures. And I really need to finish my A-Z project...


5

As a volunteer and a co-founder of an animal rescue team, I've done a lot of photography of cats and dogs that were in shelters we ran. Some of these photos were later put to good use in finding suitable permanent homes for our sheltered animals, and the initial impression would-be adopters get from such photography makes for a huge difference. Sometimes, I ...


4

Open a dictionary, choose a random word, take a picture to "illustrate" it! This can be a complement of a 365 project.


4

A photo a day (Photo365) blog.


4

Same as last year, increase the ratio of keepers without lowering my standards. The year before I has a 1:10 ratio (I deleted 90% of images I took) and I finished with about a 1:8 ratio (deleting now 87%). I want to eventually stop shooting the bad pictures by better previsualization and finding more creative to make things look interesting. I'm adding two ...


4

You can always use it as a source of light for your photography! Project slides onto other objects to create interesting double-exposures. Hand paint/draw with markers on slides and project that for interesting, organic images. But as far as coverting it to do something cool... No clue.


4

I have seen complex setups involving rings around your body/head to make sure you are positioned perfectly in the frame. You could also do something simple like mark the position of your webcam(monitor) with tape and mark the position of your chair, then simply sit up straight. Personally my favorite option is simply to use a ruler or similar measuring ...


3

If it can be controlled with gPhoto: http://www.gphoto.org/proj/libgphoto2/ you could do all sorts of fun stuff: make a photo booth set it up for super long time lapse turn it into a security cam But if you've got a little extra money, get a gps unit and a weather balloon and send it into space!: ...


3

I suggest removing the lens and using it for pinhole photography! There are many many sites that explain how to make a pinhole (needle hole through tinfoil + taping it to cardstock and the camera itself works well for my dslr). Be prepared to experiment with different sized pinholes and multiple exposure times. it's fun! This technique can be coupled with ...



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