Personal projects are great for photographers in many different ways that you may not even realize. In this article, we will take a look at different ways that they may benefit you as a photographer.
Personal projects are a great way to gain expirence shooting a particular style or type of photography. They can help you better your post processing or just get better at shooting landscapes for example. They are also good for learning how to shoot a very special style of photography as well, for example I currently have a personal project where I photograph nature and superimpose a black background.
Personal projects are great for gaining exposure as a photographer and are even how several famous photographers got started. For example, JoeyL got his career starting by photographing the homeless.
Personal Projects are great for boosting your creativity as they often are quite specific and force you to see subjects in new ways. Some examples are having to photograph the same subjects with different angles, different backgrounds, or even different locations depending on what your project is about.
Getting Out In The World
Personal Projects are a great way to give yourself a reason to get outdoors, as often they will require you to visit different locations. Plus if your projects involves research or meeting new people, it can be a great way to acquire new knowdage.
Types Of Personal Projects
It really depends on your interest, but some of the more popular projects include 365s, where you take a different photo everyday of the year. Also, photo books are real popular as well and you might even be able to make money off of them. Another famous personal project is “Humans Of New York” a street photography photo documentary about the people living in NYC.
How To Fund A Personal Project
Kickstarter is a great way to fund personal projects by having backers of people also interested in what you do. The only drawback is you need to reward the people for donating to your fundraising effects but it might be worth it depending on what it is that you plan to do.
So what do you think? Are you currently doing any personal projects? Let us know by commenting on this post.