The coronavirus outbreak has everything on lockdown. Nature, street and event photography are no longer a possibility — these times have turned into a photographer’s worst nightmare. But there may be a silver lining, as all this extra time will allow you to explore more media and techniques, especially macro photography.
Read on to find out some things you could photograph while you are still holed up in your home.
Portraits, Pets and Pests
While any sort of outdoor photography is out of the picture, there are still plenty of things, people and pets to shoot in the safety of your own home.
And if you are self-isolating and have no one to take pictures of, why not take some self-portraits? The quarantine will give you plenty of time and privacy to figure out the perfect angles for yourself. Get creative with the props, lighting and clothing, and you’re good to go!
If you’re a little too conscious of the camera and feel more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it, have no worries, for there are still living creatures that you might not even know of that you can photograph. One usually does not have to look too far to find insects. In fact, there’s probably a spider waiting to be photographed in every other corner!
One of the easiest and most impressive objects to shoot are water droplets. Although it may take several tries to get it right, adding water drops to any object such as to leaves and flowers of indoor plants will produce some stunning images.
You can choose to add a single water droplet using a dropper or add multiple ones using a spray bottle. Varying the lighting and background to achieve the perfect composition is very important.
Go out into your garden, you’re bound to find some dandelions growing. Dandelions make for great subjects as you can obtain some stunning close-ups using them called ‘dandelion clocks’, you can even add water drops to them to achieve some fantastic results.
Take a time-lapse
If you’re quarantined up high and can see the city skyline, or have a great view of nature out of your balcony, you can set up a tripod and try your hand at taking time-lapses.
Time lapses can capture some fascinating phenomena such as the setting sun or the flickering night lights. Here’s a basic guide on how to make time lapses: How to Shoot a Time Lapse
If you have kids in the house, you are bound to have some marbles lying around. Clear marbles can be used to create some beautiful effects when paired with the right lighting. Marbles are great subjects for macro photography, and you can also experiment with some colorful ones.
Shoot your food
Kill two birds with one stone by experimenting with new recipes and updating your Instagram at the same time. Since there is plenty of free time during lockdown for you to learn to make new dishes, just plate them in a visually appealing way and start snapping!
You don’t even need to be the best cook, just artfully scatter some ingredients around and take a bunch of photos because the preparation stage can also be the premise for some beautiful pictures.
Oil and Water
This unstable combination can be the source of some really pretty photos. Oil on water, when paired with colorful backgrounds and maybe some paint, creates a beautiful effect.
Freeze some flowers in a plastic container using clean distilled water. Every ice block creates a unique canvas when it cracks or is melting. It’s a really easy way for you to get some pretty and romantic photographs.
Soap bubbles are unstable subjects that are hard to get a focus on, but these constantly changing whorls create some gorgeous colors and textures. They’re also quite fun to play around and experiment with!
Simply mix some detergent or liquid soap with water and blow a bubble onto a flat, wet surface to begin with. One bubble will provide a lot of surface area for potential photographs.
The Moon and the Stars
As light pollution is slowly decreasing and the skies are clearing, it is now possible to experience some really starry nights. It can be difficult to capture the night sky unless you understand some aperture and ISO settings, so click here to read through a basic guide to Astrophotography.
If you’re facing a creative block, do try these out and let us know how it goes!