Take some time today to think about your portfolio and your long term plan. No matter how much experience you have or what is your skill-level, it is good to start thinking about your photography plan.
I assume that you have some level of interest in creating your portfolio and in couple of months you will be interested in having an online portfolio. Take some time to think about types of photos that you would like to include in your portfolio.
What Type of Photos
Start thinking about what type of photos would you like to shoot? Are there any specific type of photos you would like to specialize in?
Think About Food – What type of photo would you like to focus on? Would you like to take appetizer photos more than desserts? Would you like to focus on snacks to start with? Or all of them?
Type of Lighting – What type of lighting would you like to use? Would you focus on natural lighting or would like to use artificial lighting? Or would you like both?
Type of Cuisine – Is there a certain cuisine that you would like to focus on?
Take a look at these questions and kick start your brainstorming
Two Exercises to Generate Ideas
Each on of us generates ideas in a different way. While you are trying to find subjects to shoot, try two exercises below:
Using Mind Maps
Mindmap is an amazing brainstorming tool. “Tony Buzan claims to have invented the modern mind map”, Wikipedia says. He also wrote a book on how to effectively use mind maps to brainstorm and generate ideas.
I have used it over and over. From clearing my brain to find all things to do that I have to creating list of photos that I would like to shoot. Authors use it to brainstorm book material. Project Managers use it to brainstorm project tasks.
Get Inspiration from Flickr
Flickr is not only a photo uploading/sharing site, its also an amazing place for generating photography ideas.
Search flickr.com using some common word that comes to mind. Take a look at the photos that appear and note down any ideas that are generated. Start searching the first word that comes to mind and look at the photos that show in the results.
Make a List of Ideas
Now that you have used mind map and explored flickr, make a list of at least 5 photos that you would like to take in the next 30 days. Create a plan to take these photos and execute it. Once done with these five photos, list 10 more and execute the idea.
Now that you have few portfolio worthy photos, upload them to your portfolio. In the next post, we will look at the technical details that you should decide for creating your portfolio.
What type of photographs would you like to focus on? Have you used mindmaps before? How have you used it?
Photo by Cayusa