Photography Theme Ideas For Beginners

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Things To Remember Before Starting Out

Being an amateur, you need to remember certain things before you go for photography theme ideas. We have listed a few for you:

1. Lighting

You need to have an in-depth understanding of lighting. Put the subject in front of you, watch, and find the place with the perfect lightning. Shooting outdoors is a bit difficult as you will rely mainly on natural light. At first, it might seem a bit time-consuming and tedious. However, with practice, you’ll get faster.

2. Be Detail-Oriented

Focus on the details. A photograph is considered good when the audience finds the little details striking. To ensure the details are highlighted, you have to be focused and also learn about color editing. To bring out the contrast, you can use either a black or white background, it helps to with the details.

3. Manual Reading

You might already know a lot about cameras or photography in general. Yet, it is recommended that you always go through the manual of the camera once you buy it. This would help you understand the working of the camera in great detail or you might even find some additional helpful features!

Photography Themes

Now that you know how to start. Let’s look at some photography theme ideas for beginners!

1. Food Photography

This is the most common theme for beginners and yet the easiest. Being a beginner, your main motive is to learn and gain experience before aiming for the sky. You can just start by clicking food pictures. You have seen this on Instagram a lot, but it can actually be helpful. You already have an idea if your picture is good or not. 

Food photography is the easiest of all and does not require any extra lenses or a specific camera. People mostly use their phones. Therefore, it is a good foundation to build your skills on.

So, visit a cute coffee shop, order a cup of coffee and some cookies, click pictures with all your heart and post it on any of your socials. You will find your best critics there!

2. Travel Photography

Another common theme, yet very helpful. Clicking pictures while traveling is a trademark of every tourist. However, this is where you can display your creative potential. A specific location can be looked at in various angles, people click it in various ways. It is your canvas, and you have to paint it your way.

You can carry different lenses and try them out too. Traveling means relaxation. You can easily sit in one spot, try out different lenses, see which one works best, and what you are comfortable with. This will help you understand the various aspects of photography better.

While traveling, there are different types of locations. From the marketplace to forests, you can find anything and everything. This will help you know which lens should be used for what type of picture, how to control the lighting, and get a better understanding of focusing.

3. Urban Photography

Now, we are leveling up a bit. Urban photography requires a bit of practice. You need to have an understanding of how focus and lighting work to ace this. But, as you keep practicing, you will get better. Usually, urban photography is considered a broad subject. Anything from enclosed spaces to people on the street interacting is considered urban photography.

You will capture live objects sometimes, which will improve your sense of time and understanding of shutter speed to a great extent. This also allows you to be as creative as you can. You have the world to capture but how you show it to your audience is completely on you.

Under urban photography, you have street photography, architectural photography, night photography, and many, many other types!

4. Monochrome Photography

 Monochrome has been gaining immense popularity recently. This will give you more knowledge about color editing than actually clicking the pictures. However, while clicking these pictures you have to be careful about the lighting on the object, the place of the object, the perspective, and the focus.

While editing, you have to keep in mind that all the colors are in the same hue. Most of the time, black-and-white is used but you can also use gray undertones. There can be a splash of other colors on certain background objects, to make the picture more artistic. Editing for a monochrome picture will make you more observant of the natural colors in your surroundings, which is necessary.

If you enter the world of photography through these themes, you will be quite confident in clicking any picture professionally.

5. Vintage Photography

Vintage has made a huge comeback in the past couple of years. This has also reflected in the photography world. Usually, vintage refers to a print during developing a photograph, but you can make a photograph vintage by editing too. Anything can be used for the subject, be it a reload, or just any small old book shop.

This type of photography is not very challenging per se, as you do not have to bother about the subject too much. Your editing skills will also be put to use a lot. A bit of over-editing can make the picture go from amazing to overdone. Being mindful of the perspective of the camera is also important.

You can use any lens for this type, but using a small one is preferable for a better grip. Most of the time, vintage photography focuses on a certain object with an almost clear background, so be careful about that.

Be A Professional!

We are sure that with these photography theme ideas, along with your passion, practice, and hard work, you can easily become a professional. Photography is an art and the way one expresses oneself is what counts the most in this field.

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Marco Downs

Marco Downs

Marco Downs is our second founder and he is the creative head of this website. Marco stumbled upon photography only in college when he joined the photography club. His parents could never afford a camera for him as a child and it was in college that he saved up and bought his first camera. He now writes in-depth buyer guides and informational articles to assist the buyers. 
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