What to Photograph

I’m always looking for creative inspiration for my photography so I decided to put together this fun little list to keep on my phone and to share with all of you. If you want to keep this on your phone, just save this image to your camera roll while viewing it on your mobile device. Or you can pin it or save the image to your own idea files. Whatever works best for you!

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I decided that it would be a great exercise to go through my existing photos and see which of these topics I have covered already and which ones I still need to visit. Here are some of my favorites:


Family

This is a tough one because the pictures I take of me with my family are usually selfies. I would love to get better about using the timer feature (even phone cameras have them). I also really want to make a better effort to just take more family pictures both with and without me in them. I like this little photo of me and Alex stopped at a gas station on a road trip. We were having a fun time so it was good to capture the memory. I also like that you can see my arms outstretched with my phone in the reflection of my sunglasses.

 taken with iPhoneX front facing camera in 2018

taken with iPhoneX front facing camera in 2018

I’m skipping over the Friends prompt here since I haven’t asked any of my friends for their permission to post their photos. lol!

 

Animals

I’ll admit that I do miss having an animal around to take pictures of all the time. We had a beautiful golden retriever for ten years and I loved to take her picture, even if she did sort of freak out when I got the camera out. It is pretty cool when there are other opportunities for animal photos though. I’m still really pleased with this photo I took at Bear World near Yellowstone back in 2011.

 Photo taken with Nikon D90 in 2011

Photo taken with Nikon D90 in 2011

 

Food

This is one of my very favorite subjects to shoot! You can set up the poses any way you want and you can eat after you’re done! I don’t really like fish or seafood so I only eat vegetarian sushi, but when my husband and some of our friends ordered a beautiful platter of sushi, I made them all wait an extra minute while I snapped a photo with my iPhone.

 Photo taken with iPhoneX in 2017

Photo taken with iPhoneX in 2017

 

Where I live

I love taking annual photos of the outside of my home during different seasons. It’s a great way to see how time changes the surroundings. My backyard is one of my favorite spots for taking photos, especially in my garden.

 Taken with iPhone 6 in 2015

Taken with iPhone 6 in 2015

 

Feet

Shots of feet usually tell a great story of where you are standing at that moment. Also, a great way to capture fun pairs of shoes! How about snowshoes for a picture of feet? It’s one of my favorites from a day filled with adventure with my husband and daughter.

 Photo taken with iPhoneX in 2017

Photo taken with iPhoneX in 2017

 

Toys

Um, this one is kind of a big deal for me! Check out my other site Toy to the World or my Toy Photography Instagram account to see more examples. You will find that LEGO minifigures are my favorite toys to photograph!

 Taken with iPhone 5s in 2014

Taken with iPhone 5s in 2014

 

Flowers

Flowers are another big favorite of mine as you will see in this previous post all about photographing flowers. I just can’t resist the bright and beautiful colors!

 Photo taken with Sony-RX100 in 2016

Photo taken with Sony-RX100 in 2016

 

Clouds

I love photographing clouds and I would like to do more of this in the future. This particular photo wouldn’t have been very interesting without the clouds sitting on top of the mountains. That was a bit unusual to see that ridge of clouds with a blue sky on top

 Taken with Sony W100 point and shoot in 2008

Taken with Sony W100 point and shoot in 2008

 

Signs

Signs are everywhere and they can be great subjects to shoot. They also add context to your photos and can help you tell the complete story. I bet many people know exactly where this photo was taken!

 Taken with iPhone6 in 2016

Taken with iPhone6 in 2016

 

Colors

I like to think of myself as a color hunter and I try to capture vivid colors whenever I get the chance! In fact, I even taught an online class about that once upon a time. Someday I might have to update that and bring it back in a new form?

 Photo taken with iPhone6 in 2016

Photo taken with iPhone6 in 2016

 

Jewelry

I rarely wear jewelry, but I am glad I took a photo of my wedding ring a few years ago.

 Taken with iPhone6 in 2015

Taken with iPhone6 in 2015

 

Trees

I love taking pictures of trees, especially when they reflect a change of season. Fall, winter, and spring tree shots are so interesting. I guess I need to remember to capture trees in the summer though. Making a mental note. Overall, I think palm trees are my favorite. This Utah girl doesn’t get to see them often enough !

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Where you work

I work at home so I don’t have a lot of unique pictures for this prompt. I do have some older photos of my office posted here, but I do need to take some updated shots as I have added and taken away a few things in the last few years.

 

Buildings

Really beautiful architecture is so much fun to photograph. One of my favorite places I’ve ever been for taking pictures of buildings is Chicago. If you ever go, try to take the architecture river cruise. It’s amazing!

 Taken with iPhone6 in 2016

Taken with iPhone6 in 2016

 

Water

I especially love capturing reflections in water. This photo along the Rhine River in Germany is one of my all-time favorites.

 Taken with iPhone6 in 2015

Taken with iPhone6 in 2015

 

Playgrounds

This is on my to-do list

 

Babies

Alas, no babies around here to photograph. Someday I’m going to be THAT Grandma and THAT Aunt that takes a zillion photos though!

 

Books

This is an easy topic for me since I love books. Our house is filled with them and I’ve only scratched the surface for what I would like to do with this subject.

 Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

 

Transportation

I was a little surprised that I didn’t have more in this category in my photo files. I will have to work on that! I usually think to take a photo of a more unusual mode of transportation like a boat or train, but I don’t usually stop to photograph something as basic as a car.

 Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

 

Shadows

I love to experiment with shadow photos and my favorite ones are of our family. This was probably the first shadow picture I took on purpose and it’s still a favorite.

 Taken with Sony Sony DSC-P73 point and shoot in 2006

Taken with Sony Sony DSC-P73 point and shoot in 2006

 

Fields

Not many field photos in my stash although I don’t shy away from wide open spaces. I am glad I thought to pull over and take this picture of cows in a field in Nevada. Cows are cool animals in my opinion.

 Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

 

Sunrises and Sunsets

A sunset will be a lot more likely for me than a sunrise. I’m not an early riser, but I do love watching the setting sun. I could use some practice in this area. Perhaps I need to take a trip to the beach soon?

 Taken with iPhone 6 in 2015

Taken with iPhone 6 in 2015

 

Old and Rundown Items

You might be surprised at how much fun it is to photograph old and rundown items. There are all kinds of beauty and taking pictures helps you see that!

 Taken with Sony Sony DSC-W100 point and shoot in 2008

Taken with Sony Sony DSC-W100 point and shoot in 2008

 

Technology

My life is filled with technology but I don’t always remember to capture that.

 Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

Taken with iPhone 7plus in 2017

 

Smiles

I sure hope your photo feed is filled with smiles from the ones you love. I feel blessed that mine is. I love to see my favorite people smiling!

 

Next time you need some photography inspiration, pull out this list and get busy! It’s also fun to look through your past photos and search for pictures that work for each prompt. It will give you a good idea about what subjects you tend to gravitate to and will also help you set some goals to stretch your creativity.

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