We were researching creative photography ideas and these were the ones we liked best.
So, whether you’re stuck at working at home or looking to explore the outdoors, getting creative with your photography is something you can do anywhere.
If you’re looking for a diverse portfolio or pictures that look unique or aesthetically pleasing, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll explore some ingenious ways to take your photography to the next level by getting inspiration from some of our favorite creative photographs on DeviantArt and around the web.
19 Creative Photography Ideas – Overview
- Pick a Concept
- Use Lens Filters
- Take Candid Photos
- Make Use of Animals and Pets
- Create Photography Around Your Favourite Show or Movie
- Motion Photography
- Minimalist Photos
- Capture Street Fashion
- Juxtaposition – Using objects to bring contrast
- Make Use of Shadows
- Capture Daily Life – Reveal Beauty in the Mundane
- Unconventional Perspective
- Create Double Exposure
- Accentuate And Draw Attention to Seasons
- Shoot Through Objects
- Make Use of Nature and Natural Elements
- Use Mirrors and Window Reflections
- Customize and Create Your Own Textures
19 Creative Photography Ideas For Better Photography
1. Pick a Concept
Picking a concept and creating a full photoshoot around the idea can encourage you to be creative and push yourself stylistically. One way to do this would be to pick concepts related to elements or real-life objects like water or wind.
Exploring abstract concepts like time, humor, friendship, or anything else conceptual can also be beneficial.
2. Use Lens Filters
Using camera lens filters is an excellent way to add some diversity to your portfolio with minimal effort. Several different filters enhance your photography, like UV filters, polarizing filters, or even color-balancing efforts.
While a lot of the work done with filters can be during the editing process with color correction, lens filters allow you to capture beautiful photography in the moment and with much less effort.
3. Take Candid Photos
There’s something pure and timeless about candid photography. When it comes to the most iconic photographs that have stood the test of time, candid photography captures the emotion and state of life at the moment is priceless.
Although this can be better said than done when showcasing your skillset as a photographer, taking candid photos is a worthwhile idea.
4. Make Use of Animals and Pets
Animals are one of the purest and most honest representations of that being photographed. Animal photography is heartwarming and beautiful, whether it’s a picture of your cocker spaniel or several thousand of your cat (you can never have too many).
In cases where you want to be more adventurous, taking pictures of animals in the natural environment can make for stunning photography. That said, it’s recommended that you work with local wildlife experts or conservation groups to know which areas are safe for wildlife photography.
5. Create Photography Around Your Favourite Show or Movie
Themed photoshoots can end up cringy! If you’re a fan of a show or movie, this kind of photography can help create a memorable photoshoot.
That said, it’s only worth it if done tastefully with the right prep work. If you’re planning a party or event and are looking for something out of the box, a movie or show-themed photoshoot is always entertaining.
6. Motion Photography
Although it can be tricky to capture for some, motion photography is exciting and impressive. When capturing motion photography, it is vital to use a camera with a high FPS rate, so shots look crisp and clear, not blurred.
That said, if your camera has a low FPS exploring motion photography takes a different route. Although unconventional, blurred photographs of people or objects are currently also something that’s trending.
7. Minimalist Photos
Minimalist photos are modern and aesthetically pleasing. Although it seems a little basic sometimes, there is elegance and beauty in capturing or focusing on specific objects or individuals. Making your photos black and white is one way of ensuring individuals focus on the individuals or things in the image.
Besides this, minimalizing the number of subjects in your photos and removing unwanted clutter from your frame is another fundamental when creating minimalist photography.
8. Capture Street Fashion
Street fashion photography refers to capturing casual and semi-formal fashion used daily. Typically, these shots are done outdoors on streets or lanes, termed street photography.
Street fashion typically looks like photography you’ll find in editorials or images found in the newspaper from the paparazzi. That said, when booking regular gigs and building your portfolio as a photographer, capturing street fashion can pay off.
Our culture and how we feel about cities are shaped by the architecture and buildings in our surroundings. Given the sharp edges, rustic columns and walls, or modern look photographing architecture, definitely expand your scope as a photographer.
When you visit a specific location, new country, or even the older buildings in your area, capturing architecture helps you capture and convey the personality of particular periods or neighborhoods. Creative photography for architecture often entails you focus on specific corners or forms in building structures to help draw attention to the building’s style and unique characteristics.
When it comes to any art form, comparing or placing two objects or elements with contrasting significance can be a powerful tool. Better known as juxtaposition, using contrasting elements can bring depth and serve as an effective storytelling tool.
Juxtaposing can be compositional (using contrasting objects) or conceptual (using the meaning or significance of objects), resulting in interesting themes or contrasting colors.
11. Make Use of Shadows
In photography, just as in art, using shadows and shadow forms can give your photography more depth and dramatic elements. With this, the lighting’s shape, intensity, level, and temperature have a crucial role.
Besides, capturing shadows in your photography can add more complexity to your otherwise simple photographs. Regardless of where you are and the type of photography you take, using shadows can be invaluable in photo composition.
12. Reveal Beauty in the Mundane
A lot of the tie that makes talented photographers stand out is the skill to capture everyday life and the beauty in the mundane. While not an exceptionally creative photography idea, being able to capture the raw emotion, tension, or daily life of individuals offers viewers something priceless.
That said, while doing this, keeping in mind photo composition and lighting is still vital. For tasks involving a lot of movement or the subject is moving quickly, opting for a high FPS camera with high resolution is a smart way to go.
13. Unconventional Perspective
For most photographers, most subjects or individuals captured are recurring and unoriginal! For photographers looking to add something extra to their portfolio, unconventional perspectives and angles can be hugely beneficial.
While creative photography entails filters or objects, it often leans on ingenious and innovative ways of capturing subjects. For photographers that can capture mundane and ordinary subjects in a new light or angle, a whole world of opportunities opens up.
14. Create Double Exposure
What is double exposure? Simply put, double exposure is a technique that allows two different pictures to be visible in one photograph. While traditionally, this technique was used in film cameras, several digital cameras these days make taking double-exposure shots much easier.
Although not the most creative photography idea, the double exposure can be used with flash gels or even layer two subjects for impressive results. For those of you that have the time and are looking for something interesting for your portfolio, double exposure is an excellent place to start.
15. Draw Attention to Seasons
Seasons offer opportunities for thematic and season-centric photography. Each season brings its unique lighting, flowers, and tones. With different types of cloud coverage, weather conditions, and clothing, drawing attention to specific seasons in your photography is worthwhile.
Each season has its tone to offer. That said, summer and spring are two ideal seasons for photographers due to the longer days and the condition of the vegetation. For photographers looking bold, autumn offers vibrant colors and unpredictable cloud coverage.
16. Shoot Through Objects
Skilled photographers use their surroundings to their best advantage. One creative way to create innovative and new frames in your photography would be to incorporate capturing images through objects. Some of the most typical ways include gel lenses, fisheye lenses, or any other type of unconventional lens.
Besides this, shooting through gaps or spaces in natural, transparent, or translucent objects can add an interesting element to your photography. When shooting through things, however, it’s important to focus on the subject (background) and avoid letting your camera lens focus on the foreground.
17. Make Use of Nature and Natural Elements
Using nature and focusing on natural elements can create some stunning still-life photography. That said, even when using natural elements, keeping in mind lines, framing, depth, and other fundamentals is essential.
Generally speaking, using a zoom lens with a wide aperture along with your camera can help you shoot wildlife and natural elements in the distance. Besides this, it also lets you focus on your photograph’s subject, blurring the background. Zoom lenses also help improve the depth of field in your pictures.
18. Use Reflections
Complex equipment is rarely required in your journey of finding creative photography ideas. Mirrors, when used along with the right set-up, can make for some interesting photography. Regarding how this can be done, some ways include using mirrored surfaces (like polished floors or waterbodies) for symmetry.
Besides this, you can also use your subjects as the foreground and their reflections as the objects in the images. Mirrors can also be used along with your camera to use prisms to create light distortions.
19. Customize Your Own Textures
If you’re a creative or anyone involved with the design, one creative photography idea is using your camera to create your textures. While many stock textures are available in online libraries, creating custom textures can add originality to your designs. Besides this, it can also serve as a revenue stream if you choose to monetize the texture on Istock or Getty images.
To create your own textures, it’s important to have your camera setting set to macro, raw and manual focus. Besides this, it’s important to have flash set off and to polish your texture in post-production.
43 Must-See Creative Photography Inspiration
All photos are linked to their original authors. There are a few that just link to DeviantArt’s homepage as I could not find out who the original author was.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some cost-effective creative photography ideas?
Using shadows, unconventional perspectives, juxtaposition, mirrors, and reflections can add a little more creativity to your photography without affecting your budget.
What is a creative photography idea does require natural lighting?
Most photography uses natural lighting. That said, minimalist photos, unconventional perspectives, and juxtaposition are some kinds of photography that rely only partially on natural lighting. That said, you’re looking to shoot pictures looking into photography lighting kits can improve your photography immensely.
Conclusion — Creative Photography Ideas
When it comes to new ways to level up your photography or portfolio, it largely depends on the areas and innovations. Photo composition is still the foundation of any skilled photographer.
Whether you want to opt for one of the best cameras out there or even look for cameras to capture your artwork, creative photography is limited by your skillset and how you choose to approach photography.
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51 thoughts on “43 Creative Photography Ideas for Awe-Inspiring Shots”
Ah, design, design, style over substance.
Really cool post. I like to go tru deviant art to see this stuff also.
My fave one of your selection is “Watch Out For Ninja’s”…thats just funny.
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Ninja pear victim.
Stapled apples are a close second.
Dunno why I’m drawn to fruit today. I like how my generic avatar is similar to the evil toast circle though.
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Lovin’ the humpty dumpty one. 😉
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A few of them look like they’ve come from dpchallenge.com
Love that sewed apples, or one against whole army chess.
Lets see..Jacob likes wine, toast, converse, gummi bears and fruit.
My favourite would be the colourful spectrum of toys and the chess one.
PJ, unTechy, Lola, Matthijs, Brian, Regan, David, Pindec, Modemlooper… thanks for your comments.
Kolin, I just checked out your website http://squashyfrog.com – you have some great pics!
You should have put a link back to each user’s page to give credit and also so we could check out their other work.
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Unfortunately I didn’t save the profile links when I compiled the photos however try searching for ‘still life’ in the popular section as that is where a lot came from.
There are some awesome ideas there, my favourite one is of the evil toast.
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There are some great photos there. I’ve always been a fan of B&W, but some of the colorful ones were great too.
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Some very nice photos’ indeed… Very inspirational
What an amazing collection of photographs. They are not just simply taking a photo of something but creating a piece of art!
Very cool… loving a lot of those.
Especially the ones using reflection and refraction (spoons, wine glasses).
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The egg is heartbreakingly beautiful. Wow.
The apple listening to the iPod is pretty funny. They are all such high quality, I’m running there right now. I just finished a project that I think could have benefitted from knowing about them. Ouch!
*crying over split milk*
Must bookmark the site right now.
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The dartboard photo is absolutely profound while also looking profoundly cool. I like that as the frame of reference becomes more removed the darts hit further from the mark. Wow.
I love it! Kiwi and Cherry Cubes are my favorite – they are not the best ones, but so cute 🙂
Nice set of pictures.
These are very beautiful and interesting. I started to get distracted by the hearts though. Seems to be a common theme among a good portion of the photos.
Thanks for compiling them. You have very nice taste.
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I understand your attempt and applaud you for trying to get some wonderful, talented artists exposure. It’s a nice gesture, but not all the way thought out.
1.) Each image is generally subject to the artist’s T.O.U, or T.O.S. Some are issued under creative commons. Have you read through them for each image and followed them so that you aren’t breaking copy right laws?
2.) Where is, at least, the Deviant’s User Name? A link back to their work? Anything?
A lot of very good artists get ripped on that site, daily. People take their images without credit all the time–and while you meant well, some artists won’t see it that way.
Next time, think it through and pay attention 🙂
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I think you should credit each and everyone of these images with links back to the original work!
Then all the great comments would get left to the right people.
Sorry but i find it annoying when images are stolen like this, because unless you go and ask the owner if they mind you taking their image and posting it else where thats just what it is!
Yes a lot do have the same themes… maybe because of the search terms I was using.
Yeah deviant art has some amazing stuff, a great resource for inspiration.
DS, Edwin, Sarah, Helen
Thanks for your comments!
Yes there were some of the same theme in there, I guess I just liked those ones a lot.
Elf_fu and Drinty
Thank you for your comments, I have learnt my lesson and next time I will be posting links to all usernames and their work. At the time when I saved the images I wasn’t planning to do this post so I couldn’t go back and find all their pages.
Thank you, Jacob.
I hope that I didn’t come across as badly as I think I might have–I certainly didn’t think you meant real harm, but as I said, a lot of artists at D.A. haven’t had terribly good luck with people respecting their stuff. That can make a few photographers and artists a little twitchy.
Though I’m really glad I’ve found your site via the random Stumble, there’s a lot of useful information here and I look forward to becoming a long time reader. 🙂
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I assume you have the copyright holder’s permission to repost these? As I am in contact with two of the people whose pictures you have displayed here I’m about to inform them.
So did the class you were doing this research happen to mention anything about violation of copyright and the unethical behavior of STEALING other people’s work and publishing it on your site. How about the ethics of not even citing the artists? How would you like for your art to be STOLEN without attribution?
Elena and Al, thanks for your concern but please be advised of what I updated and wrote at the top of this post…
“I know these images have not been linked back to their authors. When I saved them I did not have the intention of posting them here. I am not trying to steal their work nor claim it as my own. If you can find the authors of these photos please tell me and I will link to them.”
You were actually the nicest in regards to some of the other comments received (as you can read above.) Glad you are going to stay here on Just Creative Design 🙂
Jacob, don’t take those comments too hard – we know you weren’t passing the images off as your own or using them for your own profit.
Maybe it would be worthwhile publishing 10 Signs That You’re A Bad Poster…
#1. You post comments without reading the entire blog entry.
#2. You post harsh, negative, and downright rude comments at other people.
Criticism is not necessarily a bad thing, it can help us all improve our work, blogs, etc. It should, however, be presented kindly and constructively.
The evil toast better watch out for Ninjas! LOL!
Blissfully colorful. Great post. Thumbs up from me! Thank you.
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Great set of pics. Great designs.
Just a note about finding the original artists: When you try to save a picture from deviantArt, the default filename is always in the format “title_by_artist.jpg” so if you haven’t renamed them, you have all the deviants’ names already.
Then you can just link back to them at artist.deviantart.com
I really enjoyed this collection of photos.
And it amazes me how all these people are jumping down your throat. As deviantart members, they should know that when you save the photo, it will save as the title by the users name. They could simply have pointed this out to you, but conveniently decided not to. If you go back to your files, or even right click -> save as to find the names of the artists. I hope this helps a bit. 🙂
Hi, it’s easy to find who the original photographers are – they are in the file names. Eg – The first image file name is So_Fly_by_WithinIllusion.jpg which means that the originators Deviantart username is withinillusion.
Therefore that image can be found at http://withinillusion.deviantart.com – the original user’s deviantart page.
So if you intend on crediting the photographers (or asking permission to use the photos) you now know how to contact them 🙂
OMG! THIS SUX BIG TIME! U SHOULD TRY TO OPEN A SHOP! LoL!
Thats a good idea 😛 I will have a check if it has been done before.
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Thanks for pointing this out to me. I have correctly linked all the pictures to their original owners.
Some of these pictures are really beautiful. The wine glass pictures with tilted water is really clever.
It seems that a lot of these pictures still have their original deviant art file names – so it would be -easy- for you to link them to the original creators.
Such as the first picture:
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