In some cases a clear, cold night, can provide you with an amazing dew-covered morning or a dense blanket of fog. The approach of spring should herald a positive and motivating time for any photographer and to that end, we compiled a few projects, based indoors and out, that you could have a go at. There’s always something new to learn in the world of photography, or some skill that can be improved. Pick up your camera and get yourself invigorated by photography again.
1. Ice pattern macro
A very cold spell with temperatures below freezing will produce many interesting frost and ice patterns in both liquids and plants. Make a point of capturing these patterns by using a macro lens to get in very close to your subject and reveal the beautiful and delicate crystal structures found in ice and frost.
2. Underexposure in snow
Learn how to control the underexposure issues faced when shooting very bright snow covered scenes. Your camera’s metering system can be confused by overly bright snow scenes and will try to average the reflected light in the scene as 18 per cent grey. By doing so, it will underexpose your shot by as much as 1 or 2 stops.
3. Spring cleaning
Why not spend some time removing unwanted photos from your hard drive and back them up to a portable USB drive. You’d be amazed at how much space you can recover on your computer by pruning out all the unwanted shots you’ve accumulated over time. We recently totalled up how much space was being taken up on our hard drive with photographs. It came to over 500GB.
4. Black and white
The stark landscapes and grey skies of winter are ideal materials for black and white conversion. Indeed, many photographers like to shoot black and white images on dull days as a lot more detail can be revealed in the image when converted to mono. There are plenty of mono conversion methods you can learn to do in Photoshop.
5. Still life
Take the time to photograph still life objects indoors. You can start with something as basic as a sheet of white or coloured paper and a single lamp as your light source. Grab an object, it can be a bowl of fruit (we won’t tell anyone, we promise!) or bunch of flowers, and spend time learning how the different positions of a single light affect the look of your still life and the shadows it creates.