For a recent project, our assignment was to take 30 pictures one single thing. My first reaction was yay! I can use a pretty girl and dress her up in a fun dress, or dress up a guy in a suit and do a bomb classy shoot! But no, my dreams were quickly crushed. The prof continued to tell us about the project and that the thing had to be an object – no people allowed.
I was originally not too excited for the project… but then I thought to myself you call yourself a photographer and not find this exciting?! You are a disgrace- ok maybe I didn’t go that far. But you get the picture. (ha ha).
Here’s a few tips on making mundane objects more interesting!
-Create certain feelings using angle: for example, you can make the subject look dominant by shooting from a low angle, or make the object look weak by shooting from a sharp, high angle.
-Abstract: Come in super close and shoot an abstract shot. This will cause viewers to linger on your photo and wonder what exactly they are looking at. This will then cause them to start asking questions… This is good!
-Use natural shadows and highlights to amp contrast: Take note and plan what time of day you want to shoot. Do you want sharp, distinct shadows? Or faded evening shadows?
-Deny information but make it visually interesting, viewers will hold on and figure it out
These are only a few examples/tips I provided you. What are some ways you make mundane objects interesting? I’d love to see some pictures down in my comments!
A few snaps from my project.