A summer photo project is a great way to keep the creative juices flowing and to keep your skills active. Just like anything else, if you don’t practice your photography regularly, things can get rusty, so avoid the atrophy with these fun summer projects:
Summer Photo Project Idea 1 – Food!
Some foods are very stereotypical of summers, including hot dogs, bratwurst, watermelons, and salads (chicken salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, etc.) Heck, even beer at a baseball game can make for some photo ops! Try to come up with excuses to make the foods and then let your creativity whirl when capturing the images! The best part is when you’re done shooting, your appetite is easily whetted and gratified!
Summer Photo Project Idea 2 – Events!
Lots of fun themes surround summer – school letting out, graduation, independence, traveling, sunny beaches, fireworks, etc. Pick a theme and look for ways to capture images of your own. Obviously some will be more time sensitive (are you ready for July 4th fireworks?), so plan your timeline accordingly.
Summer Photo Project Idea 3 – Sunrises and Sunsets!
Yes, they are the intrepid photos we see all the time from all the world over, but every one is different, and every photo can tell a unique story, so stay out late one night or get up early one morning and find out where these classic shots can best be had in your area. The nice thing about doing this during summer is that you don’t have to get up as early, and for the latter, you can usually wait until after dinner for your photo excursions – long days of summer give us extended times to approach the classic shots!
In conclusion, having a project or theme to drive your creative vision is just one trick in the photographic tool bag. I’ve just given you three ideas for summer photo projects. But, of course, that’s not a corner on the market of creative fun summer photo project ideas. That said, you likely know where I’m going from here! What ideas do you have for summer photo projects? Share your own experiences and thoughts in the comments!