Having just returned from a brief holiday in Karlsruhe Germany, I thought this would be a good time to examine the importance of personal projects for all professional photographers in Scotland. As you know, I am a professional corporate and conference photographer Edinburgh, Glasgow and Scotland, specialising in event photography in Scotland. However, I never forget about photography wherever I go and recently I visited Germany for a few days with my family, so I thought I would conduct a mini project on infrared photography from the city of Karlsruhe in the South of Germany. I love the architecture in Germany, the towering modern buildings, with an artistic style. Even though the place can get pretty crowded, they still make the surrounding architecture feel like an artistic installation. For inspiration, the Royal Photographic Society often offer courses on how to get started on personal projects, here is a link to their website. The Royal Photographic Society – Home – RPS
Photography Projects for the corporate photographer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
So what should you keep in mind for photography projects, here is a short list:
- Have a general idea what you want to achieve, ie a subject matter.
- With the above in mind, try to shoot photos based on the subject, in my project I wanted to cover both infrared photography and art installations, along with architecture, but my definition of art was a fairly wide one, to include graffiti and buildings.
- Keep photographing with an end product in mind, ie you want to be telling a story and each photo is part of that narrative.
- You can steer away from the project now and again, if you see something not related to it, this especially applied to me for this project, as I was on holiday with my family, although I am often able to use them as props now and again.
- Shoot with a mind to whether you will keep as colour or convert to black and white, with infrared photography, this is especially important as the suitability for colour depends strongly on the subject you are photographing, with more foliage and strong sunlight, there is usually a better chance of a successful colour infrared image.
- Finally, enjoy and when you get home make sure you do a little article explaining your motivation for the project, you never know, you may have enough quality photos to submit an exhibition some time.
That’s all for now, so get snapping, I am off for some conference photography in Glasgow soon and a the weekend I have been invited to watch the performance of Guffy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after being in the theatre photography for the play.
So until next time.