There never seems to be anything new or exciting to shoot around our hometowns. For me, it seems like I’ve photographed everything at least once if not twice by now. So what should we do? Perhaps taking some advice from a self-proclaimed advance selfie artist might help.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks nothing is interesting in my town to photograph and that all the exciting things are at some exotic location halfway around the world. But wait for a second, with some planning and a little thought perhaps something new can be created. What I like about this video from Sorelle Amore, a self-proclaimed advance selfie artist, is that the ordinary doesn’t have to be ordinary. Sure, the video is about taking selfies, but the same approach can be used with any model.
Look closely at her selfies and you can’t tell if she is at some world-famous location or at our local park. Want to convey a French countryside picnic? Get some props that the viewers would associate with France. Then find an area that has a rural feel to it. Almost all cities and towns have a public park that could be used. Now take the time to frame your composition so that you eliminate any clues that give away that you are in some park that isn’t in France. Keep working the subject and the props until you are happy with the results. Props and planning can make a big difference in your photos without traveling too far.