Whether you’re a digital photography hobbyist, specialist or professional, taking better photos of any subject matter requires two actions on your part. First, try to make digital photography a regular part of every day. Generally, the more pictures you take, the better you will become. Second, learn the techniques of the photography process and how to photograph specific types of subject matter. Your goal is to achieve a balance of formal knowledge and practical experience, which is the combination that leads to success as an amateur or a pro.
This PhotographyTalk article presents a palette of 10 digital photography subjects that will result in you becoming a well-rounded hobbyist or a professional with the broad knowledge to serve a larger client base.
1. Baby and Children’s Photography
Every parent and grandparent want photographs of their children and grandchildren. Hobbyists that take the time to learn baby and children’s photography techniques will capture lasting memories in images that go well beyond snapshots, and reflect some of the elements of professional work. Young professional photographers, aspiring to specialize in this market, tend to be more successful when they learn from accomplished photographers in this field.
2. Pet Photography
For many hobbyist photographers, their pets is a close second to their children, as digital photography subjects. Creating a true pet portrait is much more than simply pointing the camera at Fido or Fluffy. With a bit of formal knowledge, the hobbyist will be able to capture their pets’ personality and make the process easier and less of a hassle. Pet photography can also be a lucrative market for the professional, but only with an understanding of unique environmental, lighting and spatial techniques.
3. People Photography
When you make digital photography a daily activity, you’re likely to find that many of your compositions are of people. After all, they’re everywhere! Their shapes, sizes, facial features, textures, clothing and cultural identity are some of the most interesting photographic elements. Once again, however, you must have a trained eye to observe people and their behavior, and then put yourself in the best position with the proper techniques to capture memorable images.
4. Street Photography
Many of the people that make for excellent digital photography subjects are found on the streets. Whether it’s the quiet streets of a neighborhood or the bustling avenues of a metropolis, each offer an amazing environment for the hobbyist or professional photographer. It’s the interaction of people with each other, the place and the activities occurring there that lead to the most creative and interesting images.
5. Weekend Travel Photography
One of the best opportunities for hobbyists to improve their photography is to plan a weekend getaway that is both a respite from the workweek and a new photography experience. Learning a few shooting techniques will lead to images of architecture, landmarks, nightlife and the effects of weather that your family and friends will want to see again and again.
6. Exotic Travel Photography
When you travel to faraway places filled with new visions of color, culture and people, being armed with the right techniques will help you bring home amazing images.
7. Big Game Photography
You may never travel to the Artic, the Serengeti Plains of Africa or the jungles of the Amazon to photograph the wild creatures there; but your friends will think you have when you learn how to photograph them in a zoo or game park, so they appear to be in their natural environment.
8. Flower Photography
Finding flowers to photograph is generally not difficult. The challenge is to capture their beauty and color in new ways. To overcome this challenge, you must learn specific techniques, relating to light, angle, lens choice and depth of field.
9. Landscape Photography
Few photographic subjects capture the attention of the general public more than landscape images. With the right guidance, you can transform your boring landscapes into spectacular photos that will truly mesmerize your family and friends.
10. Nature/Wildlife Photography
Animals, flowers and landscapes are all part of the natural world, but the secret to successful photographs is learning how to approach and work within the natural world. Metering, fill-flash, camera panning and other techniques are the tools you need to show how any wild species is integrated with its natural habitat.
Any digital photographer can learn the techniques to excel at photographing any of these subjects and many others with the unique learning experience of MyPhotoSchool. From the comfort of your home, you can attend the first and only online photography school with a “classroom.” With the MyClassRoom feature, you’re connected directly with your tutor, one of the world’s top photographers, and fellow students. You’re able to interact and share ideas and discuss concepts, just as if you were all in the same classroom. Each 4-week course includes an online video tutorial and downloadable course notes with weekly assignments. Tutors then provide personal feedback on your assignments.
Currently, MyPhotoSchool is offering courses for the 10 subjects in this article as well as many others for hobbyists as well as intermediate and advanced photographers. MyPhotoSchool adds new courses regularly and welcomes any suggestions for course titles and content.