So day one of my photography challenge and it’s raining outside, and looking at the weather forecast it looks as though it is going to rain for the rest of the day. For many people this will have people putting their cameras away so they can wait for better weather. You shouldn’t though let a bit of rain stop you from getting those great shots.
If you haven’t read my introduction to these photography challenges and why I have started writing them the reason is simple. There are a lot of people out there who are looking for something to do during the current situation (these challenges can also be done at any time). It’s a great way to learn more about photography and realise that you don’t need all the expensive equipment to get a great photograph. The challenges are meant for anyone who has something that takes a photograph. It could be that you have a ‘big flashy camera’ (yes that’s you gadget obsessed photographers out there). For many though it will mean digging out your old ‘point & shoot’ camera or charging up your mobile phone.
These challenges are also about exploring the local area around us. When we look at photography we often think about wonderful places that are miles away. The reality is that with a bit of imagination you can stay local and sometimes don’t even need to the house.
If you are like me you could be sat watching the rain as it comes down the window, the thought of going outside just filling you with dread. That shouldn’t stop you taking photographs of the rain though. In fact that though takes me nicely to the first challenge.
What could be easier than taking a photograph of your window with the rain coming down? You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your chair (you can even stay in your PJ’s if you want to).
The rain coming down the window can create some wonderful patterns as it runs down the glass. To do this set your focus on one of the droplets on the glass. This may be a bit tricky so find a large droplet and put that in the middle of you image (if you are able to use manual focus or select where the focus is this would be an advantage). Once you have that just snap away and watch how the reflections in the rain drops change your rainy day photograph.
Create A Theme
To keep your image simple find a background where the colours work together (e.g. blues, whites and greens).
If you want to create something a bit more dramatic find a contrasting colour to go in your image to add a point of focus.
Create The Blur
The background of an image is important. If it is too ‘busy’ it can distract from the object you are trying to focus on. To create the blur (or bokeh) there are two simple ways to do this.
If you have a camera where you can change the settings (this can be done on some mobile phones so could be worth a look on Google or in the instruction manual) set the focal range as high as it can go. It goes backwards so F1.4 is the highest and F22 is the lowest (the numbers will depend on the camera and lens that you have).
If all that got you thinking what the ‘F’ then here is another, simpler, way. Move your camera closer to the subject. You may lose some of the background but with a bit of playing around you should be able to achieve a similar effect.
Agreed there are only so many photographs that you can take looking out of the same window and this photography challenge is not going to keep you, or the kids, busy for long.
Fortunately though, there are a few ways that you could take this challenge a bit further and create a new car game for the kids.
Add A Bit Of Feeling
Add a bit more feeling to your image by including a person. It could be a self portrait (aka a selfie) of you looking out of the window or get the kids looking to see what they can see. Give them things that they need to spot so you can get those images of hopeful wonder, and delight when they spot something on the list.
Make It A Car Game
If you are a parent you know what kids can be like in the car and you may have resorted to the ‘spot the yellow car game’. Why not take it one step further and give them a camera so they can take a photograph of the car, or whatever you get them to spot.
You don’t even need to be inside to have a go at this challenge. If you are brave enough to go out for a walk take your camera or mobile phone with you. Have a look in shop windows. Not only will you be able to get some interesting shots the reflections from outside will also add a bit of extra interest.
If you did enjoy this challenge it would be great to hear from you. You can always upload your photos or comment on my Facebook Page.
Sharing your photos on my Facebook Page is a great way to get some feedback on your photographs and to help you improve.
I will also be posting my next challenge soon so I hope you will be joining in for more.