15 Project Ideas to Spark Your Creativity

Photography has never been as popular as it is today. People of all ages learn photography in various schools and online universities, and lots of talented photographers have a wonderful opportunity to reveal themselves not only as artists, but also as teachers.

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By Alex Eylar

Like all creatives, photographers can sometimes experience creative block or a lack of interesting ideas, no matter what side of the school desk they are sitting on. One way for photography mentors and teachers to fight this problem is through the use of creative assignments.

In this article I’ve put together 15 creative project ideas to use in your photography class (if you are a teacher) or for yourself. When completed properly, a student assignment is a great teaching tool. If it’s well-designed and structured, it enables students to develop their technical skills and artistic vision, as well as improve their general thinking abilities and subject knowledge. So whether you’re a photography teacher looking for effective assignment ideas or a self-taught photography student focused on training your eye and critical vision, this roundup will surely come in handy.

15 Photography Ideas to try as we head into 2015

Simple Yet Effective Photography Tips

If you’re new to photography and looking for some simple ways to get your photos looking better, this article will give you 7 useful tips.

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These tips are all composition-based and help you use your “eye” more when taking photos.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, 25% off deal

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Lightroom’s “Match Total Exposure” Feature Saves Time And Incorrectly Exposed Photos

Ever accidentally forget to turn off bracketing and ended up with a bunch of incorrectly exposed images only to spend too much time in post trying to fix them individually? As Matt Kloskowski explains in the video tutorial below, the “Match Total Exposure” feature in Lightroom could be just the trick you are looking for.

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How to Take Beautiful Bokeh Christmas Images

[Reposted from December 2013]
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and in our forums I’ve noticed more and more great Christmas images being shared – some of which feature a technique that is always popular at this time of year – Bokeh Christmas lights shots.

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, How About Some Color?

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Christmas Color! Today, on the Fourth Day of Christmas, I have for you a mini-bundle of color for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements!

Christmas Colors for the 12 Days of Christmas

the Colors of Christmas!

Caribbean Color Swatch

A sampling of Caribbean blues

This free download includes Christmas Colors for the 12 Days of Christmas, some colors sampled from the most beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Ocean, and a collection of Christmas Gradients.

The Colors of Christmas swatch (in .aco format for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements) has a collection of colors sampled from reindeer, evergreen trees, a star in the eastern sky, snow, some chimney soot, royal colors of blue and purple, and even old Santa Claus himself!

The Caribbean Winter set (also in .aco format) includes blues sampled from my collection of tropical photos taken in the most beautiful places in the world. They’re perfect for announcing that holiday cruise, or as a reminder that we’re even closer to summer than we were just last week.

Finally, there’s a collection of Christmas gradients, perfect for making candy cane text or decorating your image of a Christmas cake – or whatever else you can think of to use them for!

Photoshop gradient featuring the 12 Days of Christmas colors

Christmas Gradients for making Candy Canes and other fun Christmas stuff!

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How to Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Photo

Repost from December 2013 - There is so much to photograph during the holidays from religious symbols, to beautiful outdoor lighting displays, a well decorated tree, and the gathering of family and friends. You might already photograph and print your own holiday cards or a personal calendar, and each year you might be thinking of new and unique ideas for next year’s images.

With the holidays soon over and all those displays being packed away until next year, many Christmas trees will soon be recycled. But before you recycle your tree, consider using it for a unique photography opportunity: an illuminated Christmas tree in an outdoor setting. It could be that new and unique photo for next year’s holiday card!

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If you happen to reside in an area that enjoys wintery and snowy conditions, you have a setting ready to create an illuminated holiday tree similar to this one. But it is worth noting that even if you don’t live in a wintry or forested area you can still create a holiday light photo anywhere with a little imagination. A cactus in the desert, a shrub in your yard, a roadside mailbox, a rusty old car in a field, or anything you can attach lights to. You’re only limited by your imagination!

To create a winter wonderland holiday photo like the one above, here’s what’s needed:

A Christmas Ornament in Elements

REPOST from 2011 – Here’s an older video showing how to create a Christmas Tree Ornament using Photoshop Elements. The video is a vintage one, created using Photoshop Elements 5 (but don’t worry – this tutorial can be done with any version of Photoshop Elements or Photoshop). The trick is to be sure to make your selection around the ball before applying the Spherize filter. Otherwise, it just won’t wrap around as it should.

Happy Holidays – and cheers to all!

12 Days of Christmas coming soon!
Both here in my Blog and in the Graffishop, special things will be happening during the 12 Days of Christmas! Stay tuned!