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.

Alex Eylar

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.

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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!

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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!

Get the Colors of Christmas mini-bundle!

All three pieces are included in a single download, below:

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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!


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Christmas Lights free download Lightroom preset

With Christmas Lights Lightroom preset

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Unedited Christmas Lights

On the Third Day of Christmas Graffi gave to me – a free download! Today you can grab a Lightroom presets free download that improves the look of your Christmas Lights photos by adjusting blue tones and exposure. It also adds your camera lens profile, so that’s one component of this preset that you can consider tweaking once applied.

It took a little bit of adjusting to get the exposure correct. On my samples posted here, I shot the photos using a Nikon D3100 or D3300. The settings I shot with for outdoor lights are below (inside lights camera settings are slightly different) – the first two points below are possibly the most important:

Lens Correction Panel

Lens Correction panel in the Lightroom Develop module

  • Manual mode (so I could make the adjustments below)
  • Manual focus (turn off auto focus on your lens, and use the display on the back of your camera to zoom in on a single light for tack sharp focusing)
  • Shutter speed 1/15
  • f/5.6
  • ISO 1600

I used either a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 or a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8, both prime lenses. The camera lens adjustment in Lightroom will reflect this, so if your images come out looking a little distorted, check that setting to make sure the lens you used is reflected in the profile.

Try it out and see if it can help improve your Christmas Lights photos. The mini gallery below shows some before and after samples as a reference. The preset is subtle, so I encourage you to try and get your shots correct in the camera right off the bat, using as a starting point the settings I posted above.


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Cheers, and see you tomorrow!


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Snowdrift Layer Styles Free Download

10 Snowdrift Styles for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

Snowdrift Layer Styles Free Download

10 Snowdrift Layer Styles for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

A free download from me to you!On the Second Day of Christmas Graffi Gave to Me… a set of 10 Snowdrift layer styles!

This set of layer styles adds 10 snowdrift layer styles to your Photoshop layers palette. The free download link is below, and if you want to add them fast and easy to Photoshop Elements, be sure to grab an Add-O-Matic, too – the quick no hassle way by clicking the button (there’s a version for Photoshop Elements 11 – 12, and another for Elements 6-10)

The video below shows possible uses for these layer styles – instead of drawing a gradient as in the video, simply add one of these layer styles to the “snowdrifts” that you draw (just be sure to put each drift on its own layer).


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