With the dark days it's easy to lack inspiration. Here are some ideas to keep you occupied in the Winter months.
Photograph a Sunrise
The beauty of Winter is that sunrise is a little later in the day meaning that you don't have to get up quite so early. You'll need warm clothes, a tripod and the umph to go out and do it. The rewards will be well worth the effort...just make sure you check the weather before you go out so it's not a wasted trip.
Buy a Polarising Filter
This is something I will be doing this Winter. I want to give these a try and for the price of around £50 I think a polariser will have a dramatic difference to your landscape and seascape images.
Add Keywords and Tags (Back Up Too)
This is one of those jobs I hate doing but it's a must. Adding tags and keywords makes things so much easier and searchable. I also look back over photos I've uploaded and see if they need a few more tags added to them.
This is also a great time to back up photos too. I make it a regular thing to back up my photos to an external hardrive. If you don't have one get one, at £80 they are a great investment.
Practise a style of Photography
No one is perfect at every style of photography so now is a great time to work on the areas that aren't your strongest. For me portraits are my weakness so I have been trying out to get better at them.
Get In Your Photos
I can't remember the last time I was in a photo. Most of the photos are taken by myself but this year I want to try and change that. The photos with my girls I'd like to actually be in a few so when we look back in years to come I'm actually there too. Most cameras have a timer mode so it's not that difficult to do.
What better time to take photos of frost than in the Winter. Try to get close to the frost to really get some detail. If you have a tripod and a macro lens then this is the perfect subject.
As well as frost this is the perfect time to try to capture some remarkable cobweb photos. Catching them with a few droplets of water on will really give it the wow factor.
Give Still Life a go
When it's too cold to go outside or as it's the UK...too wet why not give still life photography a go.
I love to get a few bunches of flowers in the house and just spend the morning taking photos of them. The photos look bright and colourful plus the flowers will brighten up the house. I've also spent a little while taking food photos which is ideal as you also get to eat the food.
Get Some Gear from eBay and Use it
I am terrible on eBay and often find myself buying all sorts of things. eBay is great for buying second-hand stuff at good prices. You don't need to spend lots of money just give yourself a budget of £50 and get yourself some new gear.
Order a poster, book or greetings cards.
I love showing off my work and over the past few years I have made sure to display my photos around the house. Use the Winter to print some of your favourite photos from last year. Get a canvas made or make them into a photo book to show family or potential customers.
Try HDR Photography
If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I am a big fan of HDR photography and if you've never tried it now is the perfect time. HDR photos can be created from a single photo but ideally 3 photos is the way to go. The above photo is a HDR using 3 photos. Using software such as Aurora HDR will help you create a beautiful photo that is pleasing to look at.
So those are my projects for you that might help you during these Winter months.