Summer Photo Project Ideas

Summer Fireworks

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 Food!
Beer cups at a baseball game make for a fun summer photo project

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 Fireworks
Fireworks are a quintessentially fun summer photo project!

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!

Summer Sunrise
Sunrise at Folly Beach SC – sunrises and sunsets make for excellent and inspirational summer photo projects!


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!

Ummmm, I Don’t Think So…


Email barrages us every day from people we know and love, trust and respect, sliding all the way down to spam we instantly delete, without even batting an eye.  Where on the scale different types of email lie in your own pile of sorting to do is up to you, but I just got one the other day from an otherwise respected photo resource -onOne Software, touting their latest “Perfect Photo Suite”, and boy did I get a bitter taste when I read through it.  Now don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a great company, and I love a lot of their product line, but this email just rubbed me the wrong way:


Seeing this sort of advertising goes against everything I believe in as a photographer – no matter what the post production software can do, nothing can take a bland picture and make it into art.  The fundamentals simply must be there.  If your composition is lousy, don’t expect any software to “make it right”.  There is no magic button in photography – it’s a matter of developing a style, an inner voice, and an essential foundation of composition that builds your skills and a portfolio.

The message this is promoting is that it’s not the person behind the camera, but rather the camera and the software that make the print.  Sorry onOne, but I gotta throw the red card here (soccer analogy for the rest of you) – this one was the wrong move.  Am I out on a limb here or does anyone else think this is the wrong message to pitch your product?