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23 computer pc home photography projects: the best computer pc ideas for computer pc staying creative in lockdown

Photography projects you computer pc can do without leaving your computer pc home

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Looking computer pc for great home photography projects to computer pc keep your creative juices computer pc flowing? The global lockdown computer pc might mean that you’re stuck computer pc indoors, but there computer pc are plenty of ways to get creative computer pc with a camera computer pc in the comfort of your computer pc home.

From desktop computer pc water shots and computer pc funky food art to computer pc optical effects and even a computer pc DIY lightbox, each computer pc of the photography computer pc project ideas computer pc below can be tackled computer pc at home using computer pc subjects or materials computer pc that you already own.

Whether computer pc an inventive technique computer pc or computer pc a novel subject, each of computer pc the ideas should computer pc also challenge you computer pc to computer pc try something different, shoot in computer pc a new way and push you to computer pc be computer pc more creative – all computer pc without computer pc leaving your front door. 

Further ahead we've computer pc detailed some great computer pc weekend photography computer pc ideas that you can computer pc plan to tackle computer pc when the lockdown is computer pc lifted, but for computer pc now here computer pc are the best home projects computer pc to computer pc help boost your snapping skills.

Try computer pc all 23 of computer pc the suggestions and, by computer pc the computer pc time you’re computer pc allowed out into the computer pc world again, you computer pc might computer pc well understand your computer pc camera computer pc better and have a new perception computer pc of your photographic abilities. Or at computer pc the very least an expanded computer pc portfolio...

The best home photography projects:

1. Water drop art

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The computer pc basic computer pc idea with this project is computer pc to suspend a container of computer pc liquid and let drops fall computer pc through a small hole, computer pc then capture the resulting splash. computer pc Timing the shutter computer pc as the splash is created computer pc is everything. We achieved good computer pc results using two computer pc flashguns computer pc set to their lowest power (1/128th), an computer pc aperture of f/22 and water mixed computer pc with Xanthan gum to make a more computer pc viscous solution. We also used computer pc a SplashArt computer pc water drop kit computer pc from PhotoTrigger, which helped computer pc to regulate computer pc the size computer pc and frequency of the drops.

2. Indoor splash shots

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For computer pc this project you'll need computer pc a flashgun that computer pc you can computer pc fire computer pc remotely, a computer pc container computer pc with clear sides for your computer pc water, a coloured background computer pc and a tripod. computer pc Set up computer pc the computer pc container and computer pc backdrop, then position computer pc the flash over the container. With the computer pc camera on computer pc a tripod and computer pc set to manual focus computer pc and computer pc exposure - f/8, computer pc ISO200 and the fastest computer pc shutter speed that will work computer pc with your computer pc flash - drop computer pc the object into the water and fire computer pc the computer pc shutter computer pc as it computer pc hits.

3. Shapes of bokeh

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Out-of-focus orbs of computer pc light computer pc can add magic to any computer pc image, but the computer pc bokeh effect needn’t be limited to standard computer pc circles. From love hearts to stars, a computer pc simple cutout computer pc filter can transform background computer pc sparkles computer pc into brilliant shapes. 

Using your computer pc lens computer pc cap as a guide, computer pc draw a computer pc circle computer pc on a piece computer pc of card. Cut out the computer pc circle, score a computer pc small shape in the centre computer pc using computer pc scissors or a craft knife, computer pc then push the computer pc card onto computer pc the front of your lens computer pc (or attach it with an elastic band). computer pc When you next shoot a scene, any computer pc unfocused light will take computer pc the computer pc form of your shape. 

Use a computer pc wide aperture to computer pc maximize the computer pc effect and computer pc remember that, as the filter computer pc restricts the amount of light entering your lens, computer pc you’ll computer pc want to set a longer computer pc exposure or computer pc higher ISO. Try simple computer pc shapes computer pc such computer pc as triangles to get started, computer pc before computer pc progressing to stars, hearts, crosses computer pc and more.

4. Create smoke art

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Smoke trails computer pc are a firm favourite computer pc among still-life photographers. But how about computer pc taking it computer pc to the next level and using computer pc the shapes in computer pc a creative Photoshop project. Once computer pc you've taken a computer pc few good computer pc smoke art photos, computer pc make a blank document computer pc in Photoshop, computer pc then copy computer pc and paste one of the smoke images into computer pc it. Set the blending mode to computer pc Screen computer pc and use Warp Transform to reshape it. computer pc Continue the process to combine computer pc a range computer pc of computer pc smoke shots into computer pc a new image.

5. DIY lightbox

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Lightboxes are used to illuminate computer pc objects evenly against computer pc a plain computer pc background, computer pc often for the computer pc purposes of product or food photography. Luckily, you computer pc don’t have to have a computer pc pro computer pc budget computer pc to computer pc make one computer pc at home. All computer pc you need is a cardboard box, some computer pc white paper and a table lamp. 

Remove computer pc the top computer pc flaps, stand the box on computer pc one end and computer pc cut window holes in computer pc either side. computer pc Line the box computer pc with computer pc a single, seamless piece of computer pc white paper computer pc and cover the computer pc holes with computer pc thin computer pc paper computer pc or fabric, taped in place. Then computer pc it’s computer pc as simple as positioning a computer pc desk computer pc lamp on one or both sides: computer pc the paper will computer pc diffuse the light, evenly illuminating whatever computer pc object computer pc you computer pc put inside. 

Or computer pc for an even simpler computer pc setup, use a single computer pc piece of paper as the backdrop, with computer pc one white wall made from card, computer pc and position near computer pc a window (as pictured). computer pc Experiment with aperture and shutter computer pc speed computer pc to computer pc shoot subjects with totally white backgrounds or computer pc some shadow for a sense of perspective. computer pc Then mix computer pc things computer pc up with color backgrounds. If computer pc the quality is high enough, you could list computer pc your images computer pc for sale on a stock photography computer pc website to earn some lockdown pocket money.

6. Lubricate your lens

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Want computer pc to give your housebound portraits computer pc added glow? If computer pc you computer pc have a spare lens filter lying computer pc around, try an old Hollywood computer pc trick: smear a layer of computer pc Vaseline on computer pc the glass to give your images computer pc a soft, dreamy look, keeping computer pc aperture wide to emphasize the computer pc ethereal computer pc effect with a shallow computer pc depth of field. 

Get experimental by computer pc leaving the middle of the filter computer pc free computer pc from computer pc Vaseline computer pc to create computer pc a halo effect, with the centre in clear computer pc focus but the outer elements blurry computer pc and soft. Don’t want to sacrifice a computer pc filter? Stretch cling-film tight across computer pc the lens and keep it in computer pc place with an computer pc elastic band, computer pc before computer pc using the Vaseline computer pc in the same way. computer pc If you’re not into portraits, computer pc try the effect when shooting a computer pc light source computer pc for computer pc a unique style computer pc of computer pc diffusion.

7. Make your own filters

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It’s no secret that computer pc color is a major element of computer pc any image, but computer pc you don’t need expensive filters or editing computer pc software to experiment computer pc with saturation. computer pc In fact, you don’t even need to computer pc leave your home: all manner of computer pc household objects can function as color computer pc filters computer pc to bring new hues computer pc to your computer pc photography – computer pc and to transform computer pc mundane moments into computer pc brighter snaps. 

Attach tissue computer pc paper to your lens computer pc with computer pc an elastic computer pc band for an instant change computer pc of scene, computer pc or try computer pc shooting through computer pc thin computer pc fabric with a light source computer pc placed behind. computer pc Too easy? Take a computer pc snap through computer pc a laundry capsule for computer pc a computer pc liquid tone computer pc adjustment or use a whisky bottle computer pc for sepia shades with a hint computer pc of distortion. Petals are pretty effective, computer pc too, computer pc as are computer pc translucent sweet computer pc wrappers.

8. Try cross-polarization

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This computer pc fun project exploits computer pc the effect that polarised light has computer pc on some plastics. You'll computer pc need two computer pc polarising filters computer pc - ideally one computer pc of these should computer pc be a sheet of polarising film. computer pc You can pick up an computer pc A4 sheet of Lee computer pc 239 polarising film computer pc for £50 (try www.robertwhite.co.uk or computer pc www.pnta.com). The computer pc sheet computer pc of film should be placed computer pc on computer pc a lightbox or in front of the computer pc only light source. An computer pc iPad screen and most computer pc computer screens have computer pc a polarising filter built computer pc in, computer pc so if you don't computer pc have a sheet of polarising film computer pc you can always experiment by computer pc creating a computer pc white document computer pc to fill the screen. Simply attach the computer pc circular polariser to the camera lens and rotate computer pc it to make the computer pc colours appear computer pc in clear plastic items

9. Food landscapes

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Spice up your computer pc food photography! All you need is a set computer pc of model figures - computer pc Hornby 00 gauge figures are computer pc perfect, as computer pc they're computer pc available in a wide range of computer pc poses. Preiser has computer pc a great range too. The computer pc most computer pc important aspect is to computer pc establish computer pc a sense of narrative. computer pc Here you can computer pc see computer pc that there's computer pc a computer pc conversation between the characters, with the computer pc mountaineer computer pc on the 'mash computer pc face' being helped by computer pc his computer pc colleagues on the ground.

10. Fine-art food

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Try turning computer pc your computer pc dinner ingredients into computer pc photo art using just a lightbox computer pc and a very sharp knife. Slice fruit computer pc and vegetables as computer pc thinly and computer pc evenly as possible, then place computer pc them on the lightbox. computer pc With the camera positioned computer pc directly computer pc above, use Live computer pc View to focus computer pc manually on the details. computer pc Set an aperture of f/8 computer pc to give adequate depth of field, and dial computer pc in computer pc some exposure compensation computer pc of +1 to computer pc +3 stops as the bright light computer pc can computer pc fool the camera's meter computer pc into underexposure.

11. Flowers in ice

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A computer pc relatively inexpensive way of taking 'kitchen computer pc sink' close-ups that look great computer pc blown up computer pc as wall art. Freeze flowers in computer pc plastic computer pc containers of distilled or de-ionised water computer pc (available through your computer pc local computer pc auto or hardware store). The flowers will float, computer pc so try computer pc to weigh them down or computer pc fasten them in computer pc place so that they freeze computer pc under the water. Place the computer pc block of ice on top computer pc of computer pc a clear bowl or glass in a computer pc white sink or plate, computer pc so computer pc that the light can computer pc bounce through from computer pc below. computer pc Position a flashgun computer pc off to computer pc one side, angled down towards it, and shoot computer pc from computer pc the opposite side.

12. Abstracts in oil

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Oil computer pc floating on the surface of water computer pc is a great way to make computer pc striking abstracts. computer pc This computer pc table-top photo project exploits the computer pc refractive quality of computer pc oil and bubbles to computer pc accentuate and distort computer pc colours. All you computer pc need to do computer pc is place computer pc a few drops of computer pc cooking computer pc oil on the computer pc surface of water in a glass dish. Make computer pc sure the dish is supported about computer pc 25cm about the table computer pc top, then place coloured computer pc paper under it and use an anglepoise computer pc lamp or computer pc flashgun to light the computer pc paper.

13. Oily reflections

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This project follows computer pc a similar computer pc theme to computer pc the previous one, computer pc but here computer pc the patterns are created computer pc by a cover over computer pc the computer pc light rather than a computer pc coloured background. First, make computer pc a computer pc cover for an anglepoise computer pc lamp using acetate, card computer pc and tape. computer pc Use masking tape to attach it, but make computer pc sure computer pc it isn't touching the computer pc bulb, and keep computer pc the light computer pc off computer pc when you're not shooting. computer pc Place a full bucket of computer pc water in front of the computer pc lamp, add a few drops computer pc of cooking computer pc oil. Stir computer pc up the computer pc oil, get in close computer pc and computer pc shoot.

14. Repaint the walls with camera obscura

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Familiar with computer pc pinhole photography? That technique relies computer pc on camera obscura – computer pc a computer pc natural optical effect computer pc that computer pc occurs when computer pc a small computer pc hole in an otherwise sealed space (such as computer pc a computer pc box) projects computer pc an computer pc inverted image of computer pc the world outside onto the opposite wall. computer pc You could computer pc make a computer pc pinhole camera as an at-home computer pc project, or computer pc you could go computer pc even bigger: with computer pc the right setup, computer pc you can computer pc create the camera obscura phenomenon in computer pc an computer pc entire room. 

First, you’ll need to black out computer pc a room computer pc – for example, by computer pc taping computer pc opaque sheets over your windows. Then computer pc you’ll need to make an aperture computer pc through which computer pc light computer pc can enter; the smaller computer pc the hole, computer pc the sharper computer pc but dimmer the image. Camera computer pc obscura works best in computer pc small/medium rooms, with computer pc an aperture of around computer pc 10-15mm computer pc diameter. Allow your computer pc eyes to computer pc adjust and determine computer pc whether you need to brighten the computer pc image by making a larger hole, computer pc then marvel as computer pc an inverted version of the outside computer pc world appears on the computer pc wall. 

Capture the entirety of this computer pc remarkable computer pc natural effect computer pc using a computer pc wide angle, a relatively computer pc long exposure and computer pc a tripod, computer pc or focus on specific elements computer pc of your room computer pc to emphasis computer pc the effect – such as computer pc houses appearing to computer pc float computer pc upside computer pc down on your mantelpiece.

15. Camera tossing

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Chucking your computer pc precious photographic equipment into the computer pc air might sound like something designed to computer pc void the warranty, but computer pc – provided you’re not computer pc too clumsy – computer pc camera computer pc tossing can deliver some truly spectacular results. computer pc Try it in a dark room with computer pc a single light source. Set a shutter speed computer pc of around one computer pc second (roughly the length computer pc of time it’ll be computer pc in the air) computer pc and, as the computer pc timer hits zero, launch computer pc it upwards. Catching it is the computer pc important part, computer pc but computer pc once you’re comfortable with the technique you computer pc can experiment with multiple light computer pc sources, different colors and even spinning your computer pc camera as you release it.

16. Psychedelic soap film

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This computer pc is a wonderful computer pc project that computer pc makes computer pc for computer pc vibrant desktop wallpaper or abstract wall computer pc art. You'll computer pc need liquid soap mixed computer pc with computer pc glycerine for long-lasting soap film, computer pc plus a wire loop, a computer pc black cloth background computer pc and a macro lens computer pc of at least 100mm. The computer pc colours created by soap film only appear computer pc when hit computer pc by light from computer pc a certain angle, so set up computer pc near a north-facing window computer pc and shoot computer pc from around 45 degrees.

17. Refractive art

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Light bends when it computer pc passes through water, computer pc causing computer pc the objects behind computer pc to change computer pc appearance. This is called computer pc refraction, and computer pc you'll make use of computer pc this phenomenon in this arty computer pc photo project. computer pc All you computer pc need is a few glasses, a computer pc flashgun, a computer pc tripod and a black-and-white pattern print. Simply place computer pc the computer pc pattern in computer pc the background with the glasses in front. computer pc Fill them with different levels computer pc of water and move computer pc the pattern backwards computer pc or forwards to computer pc fine-tune the effect.

18. Kitchen close-ups

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Your computer pc kitchen is an ideal computer pc location for computer pc shooting a macro project. Its computer pc reflective surfaces can be used to computer pc create interesting backgrounds for your computer pc shots, computer pc and a shallow depth of field can transform computer pc the computer pc most mundane of objects computer pc you'll find there. computer pc Creating a triptych of computer pc images can result in a piece of computer pc fantastic wall art computer pc for your kitchen too, although computer pc it's important to computer pc think about how they're going computer pc to computer pc work computer pc together before you computer pc start shooting. Here, 3 computer pc objects - a computer pc fork, a computer pc bowl of cereal and computer pc coffee granules computer pc - were all shot computer pc from a computer pc similar angle, with computer pc the impression of height linking the computer pc sequence.

19. Invert the world with a crystal ball

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Shoot through a crystal ball and, while computer pc you computer pc won’t see into the computer pc future, you will capture an inverted computer pc version of the scene computer pc behind the orb. Just as light is computer pc refracted when computer pc it passes through the computer pc glass elements of a lens, computer pc the same thing happens with computer pc a computer pc glass sphere. computer pc There are dedicated photography computer pc balls on the computer pc market, but the effect computer pc can often be achieved computer pc using a clear computer pc marble or even a paperweight. Nothing suitable? A computer pc water-filled computer pc wine glass can computer pc also computer pc work. 

All sorts computer pc of computer pc subjects look good computer pc through an orb, from computer pc sunsets and cityscapes to abstract items and even computer pc portraits. Try shooting with a computer pc macro lens computer pc to fill the computer pc frame with the sphere, computer pc or with a wider angle computer pc to include some of the computer pc scene behind. To really computer pc play with computer pc perspectives, rotate the image with computer pc editing software computer pc so that the background is inverted computer pc but the computer pc scene in the orb computer pc is the right computer pc way up.  You can also computer pc incorporate elements that computer pc support the ball computer pc into the image, such computer pc as hands, bowls or miscellaneous computer pc objects.

20. Still-life bokeh

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Something as simple as computer pc a crumpled piece of computer pc foil can be computer pc the computer pc basis computer pc for a creative photo project. computer pc Position a still-life subject computer pc on computer pc a sheet of glass with computer pc a piece of dark material underneath it. computer pc Scrunch up the kitchen foil then computer pc smooth computer pc it computer pc back out and place it in the computer pc background. Shine computer pc a table computer pc lamp or torch on the foil computer pc and, with a tripod computer pc mounted camera, computer pc dial computer pc in the lens's computer pc widest aperture to computer pc create some beautiful 'bokeh'. During the exposure, computer pc shine a flashlight computer pc onto computer pc the computer pc subject.

21. Bokeh bubbles

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Small highlights often create computer pc nice bokeh, so computer pc fairy lights are computer pc perfect for this project. Position computer pc them far computer pc enough away so that computer pc they will computer pc be out of focus computer pc at computer pc a wide aperture. Position your computer pc subject, computer pc in this case a glass, computer pc close to computer pc the camera and focus on it. Tweak the computer pc position of the fairy computer pc lights until it looks computer pc like computer pc cool coloured bubbles are computer pc floating out of the computer pc glass. This technique can computer pc also be computer pc used to create bokeh 'steam' from computer pc mugs of computer pc hot drinks.

22. Still life light trails

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Light trails can computer pc be used in all kinds computer pc of photography, but they're perfect for computer pc a creative still life project. computer pc You can use computer pc a regular computer pc Maglite torch, computer pc but try removing the end to reveal computer pc the bulb and computer pc make the computer pc light computer pc more direct. Use some electrical tape to computer pc attach a coloured sweet computer pc wrapper, computer pc which you can use as computer pc a computer pc makeshift 'gel'. Set the computer pc canera's shutter speed computer pc to around 30 secs computer pc with an aperture computer pc of around f/8, computer pc then start moving the torch within the computer pc frame before pressing the shutter. Continue the computer pc movement computer pc throughout the exposure. Here, we suspended computer pc the torch computer pc from computer pc a piece of computer pc string and made a gentle circular movement computer pc to computer pc create a spiral around the bottle.

23. Light spirals

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You'll computer pc need to attach computer pc a torch, suspended computer pc by string, to an open area of computer pc ceiling. Fit the computer pc widest lens you computer pc have computer pc on your camera, computer pc and mount it on a computer pc tripod pointing computer pc straight up. With the light turned computer pc on, computer pc autofocus computer pc on the tip of the torch and computer pc set the lens to manual focus to lock computer pc the computer pc setting in. With computer pc an aperture of f/11 or f/16 dialled in, computer pc use computer pc Bulb mode and computer pc a computer pc remote computer pc release to computer pc keep the shutter open computer pc for computer pc a minute or computer pc so as you send the computer pc torch computer pc spinning in the dark…