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Have you ever felt keen on the idea of becoming a photographer, but doubted whether you have any skill behind a camera? Whether or not you want to turn this into a living, home photography is a fun hobby for anyone to take up, and you don’t need expensive equipment if you want to have fun with this.

Home photography is a great way to take your skills to the next level. Perfect for beginners and experts alike, snapping pictures around your home is perfect for those looking to improve their confidence or escape from a creative rut. Let’s look at some great home photography ideas to get you thinking about what you should take pictures of and how.


1. Bubbles

Bubbles are a visually striking medium and can be enjoyed by all age groups. Think back to your early childhood and you’ll probably have memories of playing with them in the bath and watching them fly past you at a party. Bubbles can display a multitude of colors in an almost psychedelic pattern. For best results, take your photos against a black backdrop and use a soap mixture as the chemicals found inside it will be responsible for generating vibrant colors. Bubbles make a really interesting subject to photograph because they are constantly moving, and you’ll never get the same picture twice, no matter what you do. This makes them a challenge, but also much more interesting to explore than static objects that rarely change.


How to Photograph Bubbles At Home

It can be difficult to capture bubbles due to their small size and fragile nature. You’ll have to control the environment as much as possible and ensure that there are no breezes to burst the bubbles. 

Most DSLR cameras will be suitable for bubbles and it’s suggested that you use a macro lens if you can. Make sure you have a great light source and a sturdy base. Bubbles survive longer in colder conditions, so make sure the room is nice and chilly before you shoot. You might want to get a friend to help you out so somebody can blow the bubbles while you take pictures, but if you can’t do this, either use the timer on your camera, or just capture the bubbles as they drift about in the room, rather than as they are blown. If you take enough pictures, you may even get a snap of a bubble as it pops – and this will look great if you can achieve it!


2. Balloons

Much like bubbles, balloons can be enjoyed by all age groups and look terrific in photos. Purchasing a packet of balloons is a cheap and easy way to develop some home photography ideas and get the creativity flowing again. There’s something about balloons that makes photos vibrant and fun, possibly because we associate them with celebrations. Balloons are a sure way to give your photographs a bit of pep and make them feel alive.


How to Photograph Balloons At Home

The best backdrop for balloons is outside on a cloudless summer day. To achieve this, make sure weather conditions are perfect and there’s adequate protection from the wind to ensure your balloons don’t blow away. If possible, use a weight to ensure you won’t lose the balloons if the weather suddenly changes.

A zoom lens will be your best bet and make sure your camera isn’t mounted as you’ll need to move the camera around to keep up with the balloons. Take multiple shots so you have a selection to choose from.

Aim to purchase balloons in different colors for maximum personality and vibrancy. Take the time to arrange them nicely so that they complement each other as much as possible.


3. Fruits

Fruits aren’t only delicious and healthy. They’re also colorful and perfect for capturing a tropical atmosphere. 

Most of us have a fruit bowl at home, so why not take advantage of it and snap some beautiful photos? 

Fruit can be a really easy starting point because you can spend as long as you like positioning it and – unlike bubbles and balloons – it won’t move or burst. This maximizes your chances of getting a shot that you love.


How to Photograph Fruit At Home

For starters, make sure your fruit is ripe and of good quality. Using old, stale fruit will result in dull colors and an unappetizing appearance. Make sure your lighting conditions are fair and make the fruit look as good as it can be; you want to take its most flattering angle. Also, make sure your fruit isn’t lit from the front, as this results in unappealing shadows. Aim for back or side lit fruit and your photos will look much better. 


4. Toys

Toys can be visually striking and, chances are, you have some lying around your house either from your kids or leftovers from your own childhood.  Toys are a great medium because they can be posed in lifelike ways and are great for inspiring nostalgia in viewers. You can recreate battles, create dramatic scenes, and take professional-level portraits of plastic figurines. Like fruits, they have the advantage of staying where they are placed, so you can take as long as you like when setting up these scenes and working toward the perfect shot.


How to Photograph Toys At Home

To make toys look realistic, stick with a manual lens and choose a neutral background of either white or black. Make sure your location is immaculate as the close-up nature of toy photography can accentuate specks of dirt or dust.  You can also take advantage of natural features like flowers, puddles, and gravel to add an urban element to your photos. People have come up with all sorts of inspiring and fun ways to photograph toys, making them look like they are climbing up mountains, diving into lakes, or terrorizing miniature towns (you’ll need both large and small toys if you want to try this). Whether you fancy remaking Jurassic park or you want to create some romantic shots with Barbie dolls, toys are a great medium if you use them well.


5. Bubble Bath

We’ve discussed bubble photography already, but using a bubble bath is an excellent way to take your photos to the next level. It will allow you much more control over the medium because you’ll be working in a wet, soapy environment, and you can easily blow more bubbles without having to worry about making a mess. Do make sure you keep your camera well away from the water so there’s no risk of ruining it.


How to Photograph A Bubble Bath At Home

Make sure your environment is controlled, temperatures are good, and the lighting is not too harsh. Bathroom lighting can be glaring, so opt for natural light where possible, or use a soft backlight to bring out the colors of the bubbles.  You should also minimize any mess in the bathroom before you start; you don’t want empty shampoo bottles and bars of soap ruining your shots. Take a few minutes to tidy up, wipe down surfaces, and make the space look good before you begin making bubbles.


6. Pets

Our furry friends can provide us with some of the very best home photography ideas. Their cuteness and photogenic looks can provide photos that last a lifetime and are appealing for others to look at.

Pet photos are among the most commonly taken pictures, but that doesn’t mean they lack potential. Pets are endlessly unique, surprising, and funny, and you can certainly find an angle from which your pet meets the needs of a home photography project. Try snapping a few pictures of your pet when it’s sleeping or playing, and you’ll soon see just how great pets are for home photography ideas. Remember that because pets move around and have their own agendas, they can be a more frustrating subject to photograph, but they will often prove worth the effort!


How to Photograph Your Pets at Home

Though our pets are adorable, they can be notoriously difficult to photograph due to their penchant for unruly and mischievous behavior. Sometimes, that will provide you with a great opportunity, but at other times, it will just be frustrating. Therefore, planning is key. Make sure your photos are taken at a suitable time of day. Animals can hugely vary in terms of routine and it’s vital you plan your photoshoot around this. It’s also essential to provide incentives, such as toys or food, to your pets. This will encourage good behavior and will ultimately make your shoot much easier. 


This is particularly true if you want your pet to sit still or pose in a certain way. If you are after natural shots, you may just be able to take some pictures of your pet doing its normal thing without any input from you.

Taking human-like photos of pets is cute but it doesn’t really reflect who they are. If you have a dog who is particularly playful, it may be better to take photos of it playing in your garden or local field. Make sure you have good weather and use the appropriate lenses for optimal aesthetics. Don’t limit yourself to cats and dogs, either! Any kind of pet can provide inspiration, as all animals have moments in which they are graceful, beautiful, cute, funny, goofy, or downright ridiculous. Take pictures of your snake, ferret, fish, rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, snails, stick insects, or anything else! The more unique the subject matter, the better!


7. Books

Books have been with us for thousands of years and are highly photogenic. If you love to read, then taking photos of your favorite books is perfect for rekindling creative inspiration and getting yourself out of a rut. 

You probably have a few books lying around your house so make sure you photograph them. 


How to Photograph Books at Home

Make sure you use a macro lens when taking photos of books. You’ll also want to ensure you do not use any flash and have a muted, atmospheric light source to avoid glare. It’s also essential you keep the book parallel to your lens to avoid distortion. Set your book against a beautiful background that will make the most of its colors, and make sure you remove all other clutter from the scene so it doesn’t detract from the book’s image.


Take pictures of the book both open and closed, and consider adding other items to improve the imagery. Things like a flower, a candle (be careful if lighting it), or a steaming cup of coffee can all add to the cozy familiarity that the book offers, so get a little creative.

Remember that your bookshelf is also a great photo subject, especially if it’s nice and tidy, or has some particularly attractive titles on it.


Final Thoughts

So there you have it. These seven mediums are great home photography ideas and will help you develop the skills needed to be a master photographer in the future. Plunge in and have some fun, especially if you feel like your creativity is low; you will come out with images that make you feel proud!


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Not sure where to start with photography? These simple household items can help make you a master photographer. 



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