Photo Projects You Can Do at Home

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The COVID-19 outbreak has completely disrupted our normal daily lives. We are doing the best we can to keep going, keep sane, and keep happy while in home quarantine. But, don’t let the gloom take over. If you love photography, here are some photo projects you can try at home.
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Being in home quarantine may suck, but it’s for our own good. The sooner we flatten the curve for coronavirus, the sooner we could get out and return to our routine.

 

While our brave frontliners are still battling this pandemic, let’s do our part and stay home. That is why we are sharing with you some simple photo project ideas that you can do while in home isolation.

 

It does not matter whether you have a high-end camera or not. Photography is all about your creative mind and skills.

Photo Studio Look

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Charlene Mae "Studio Look Portrait Photography" (Photo by: Duo Lens Project)

Photography does not need to be complicated. Want that photo studio look for your photos? No problem! You don’t need expensive gear or even a studio. Put your house walls into good use and utilize them as your backdrop. You can also make use of your mom’s favorite curtains (Sorry, ma.)

 

Other than that, why not ask lola if she has a large extra cloth in her sewing machine? Or, maybe your sister/brother has an unused cartolina from their school project? Again, just be creative and resourceful.


Now that you have a backdrop, it’s time to work on the lighting. You don’t need strobe lights that cost more than a hundred thousand pesos. If you have a ring light, you are close to having one of those professional lights. If not, then the natural light is your best friend. Position your backdrop near where there is a good light source and you are good to go.


To top it all off, enhance your photo with photo editing applications, such as Adobe Lightroom or Snapseed. Adjust the exposure or contrast accordingly.

DIY Product Photography

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Milk & Oreo "Splash Product Photography" (Photo by: Duo Lens Project)

Just like the Photo Studio Look photo project, you need a studio-like setup for your project. Depending on your chosen product, pick a backdrop that best complements your object. Then, you can add props to add creativity in your photo.


This time, you can come up with DIY lighting. There are many cheap lighting hacks you can try at home. In product photography, it is important that you can control the light as much as possible so you can perfectly set the mood for your photo.

 

Tip: Just like our photo above, you can make use of your camera’s burst mode to capture definitive movement—like when your oreo cookie drops on your glass of milk (P.S not a paid ad)


Side note: Check out our Potato Corner product shoot.

Light Trails

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duo As In Duo Lens Project "Light Trail Photography" (Photo by: Duo Lens Project)

Have you ever wondered how some people create those amazing light trails of street traffic or sparklers every new year? Well, better continue reading. 

 

Light trail photography is not as difficult as it may seem. The secret? Long exposures and perfectly still hands—or you can just get a tripod, really. Let’s not make it complicated (lol)


A useful technique in capturing light for night photography is long exposures. Select your source of light. Of course today, street traffic might not be a good idea (Stay at home!) You can make use of sparklers, a flashlight, or just even your phone.

 

Then, frame your object and use a tripod to avoid blurry images. Set up your camera’s setting accordingly.

 

  • Choose the lowest ISO value;
  • Set up your aperture in the mid range, something around f/8;
  • Use a shutter speed of around 10-30 seconds

 

No camera? Not to worry! If your phone is capable of shooting in manual mode, then you can still capture light trails.

 

Being in home quarantine may suck, big time! But it also means we have a lot of time on our hands. So, take advantage of this time to enhance your skills in photography. Do more photo experiments. There are a lot of ideas online. 


While you’re at it, you can browse through our projects.

 

In the midst of this health crisis, it is important that we do the best we can to ensure the safety of our family and of others. 

 

This too shall pass.

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About The Author

Chrizelle Monique

Chrizelle Monique is a Cebu photographer who has an eye for portrait and event photography. She is also a writer who hates technical and business writing, but is doing it for a living. So, she makes Duo Lens Project an avenue for her passion for photography and her love for writing about the local scene and basically anything interesting.

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