HOW TO COME A PHOTO PROJECT
We all love good stories. Creating a project of documentary photography can be a great way to develop your own professionalism. In addition, documentary photography is of interest and helps to keep the attention of the audience.
Random collections of unrelated images often pass by the viewer. This is especially true when most of your pictures are viewed on social networks. To make photos memorable to people is an important creative challenge.Developing a photo project and working on it over a period of time, be it a week, months, or even years, can help stand out from the crowd of photographers. Your personal skills and style will develop in a more meaningful direction. The deeper you are interested in the documentary photo project, the more you win.
The importance of having a plan and the specific purpose of the photo project
In most cases, without a goal and a clear plan, you will likely rather quickly lose interest in what is happening. You will try your best to keep up the momentum, and finding fresh ideas to keep the project afloat will be a real torture.
Keep a list in which to write down your ideas as they appear. What would you most like to photograph? Do not limit yourself, especially at the very beginning. Write down everything that comes to mind, without thinking about whether this is really from the point of view of practice or not. Let your list grow over the course of a week, and then study what happened.
After the week is over, edit your list, leaving in it what is possible to implement. What can you take pictures every day or every week? If something from the list is unavailable for you – cross off! Add the idea to another list for future projects.
Concentrate on what worries you. What would you like to regularly photograph from your list? Passion for the topic found will be great to motivate. Do not choose ideas that you think are light. Look for a challenge.
Narrow your list to two or three ideas. Think it over before choosing one. You can start working on several projects, and then, if it is too difficult, choose the one you like the most.
Think about what you want to do with the photos you create for the documentary project. Stories created to share them. Who will be interested in the story you are telling? Which environment or platform is best for displaying images? You might want to make a classic photo album, print pictures and store them there. Instagram or Pinterest can be the perfect option for a photo project, you can create your own website or page. Think about what you most want to achieve by sharing your photos.
Explore. Immerse yourself in your chosen project idea as if it were completely new for you. Even if you already know a lot about her, find out more. A story based on a small amount of information will not be able to hold people’s attention for a long time.
The more confident an expert in your field you become, the better the story you tell will be. You can even plan the narration. What will be the beginning, middle and end? The more you know about it, the more interesting details you can include. You want other experts on your topic to be surprised at what you managed to show in your photos.
Learn the history of the project idea. Talk to people who are familiar with your topic. Do not rely only on the Internet. To touch the essence of the matter, you need experience – yours and others.
Take lots of pictures
Although planning is important, do not restrain yourself too much. Start as soon as you decide on a topic. You can start slowly and change direction several times. This is normal. But delaying “for later” will not help achieve the desired goals.
As soon as you start, you will see how your story will develop, and you will be able to direct it as you see fit. The theme of the project usually dictates how often you can take photos.
Cultivate a relationship with your project
Get ready for the project to require a certain number of repetitions. You will have to visit the same places several times, take photos of the same things, meet familiar people and experience weather changes from different times of the year.
Every time try to take photos that fit your mood. This will make the story more personal and interesting. The photographer’s view of the world is unique, and photographs should convey this. This concept may seem a bit abstract, but if you keep this in mind, over time you will find that your photos will become more expressive, more accurately reflecting the inner essence, then who you really are.