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How to Create a Unique Photo Series

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Want to have some fun with your photos? Try a photo series.

A photo series is a collection of photos that tell a story. They usually have a common element that ties them together. The element you use will make all the difference.

This article will give you photo series ideas that will help you end up with a finished product you are proud of.

Capture the Same Location

One idea is to photograph the same location over a span of time. For example, you may go to a location to shoot in the summer, fall, winter and spring. You can also go at night and during the day.

When taking this type of series, you will want to get your shots as close to each other as possible in terms of angle and composition. This will be challenging to do, but it will provide great results.

Use Captions

There are several ways you can add captions to your photo. You can do it during the editing process, or you can even write directly on the print. This will make for a comic book-like effect.

Get creative by tying your shots together in any way you see fit. You can go out for a shoot with a subject to capture a specific adventure or take existing prints and think of humorous ways to make them work as a cohesive narrative.

Document Stages of Life

The stages of life make a terrific idea for a photo series. Take pictures of a baby (human or animal) growing older. Be sure to capture some tender moments, some funny scenes and more.

Do a Macro Series

You can use a macro lens to take close close-ups of just about anything. Flowers, furniture, insects….and the list goes on. Objects with detail and texture make the best macro subjects. Once you capture your shots, put them together to create a unique series.

Do a Monochrome Series

Monochrome makes for a standout aesthetic. You can do a monochrome series by choosing a different color every day. For example, Monday can be pink, Tuesday can be red, Wednesday can be green, and so one. Combine them to make a rainbow.

Alternately, you can choose one color for all your photos and base your series on that color.

Black and White

Black and white is a dramatic option. Play up the contrast and emotion by getting a bunch of black and whites together. These can be portraits, landscapes or a combination of both.

Portrait Photos

Portrait photos always have something unique to offer but they will be even more meaningful if they capture unusual people in your neighborhood. You can go for a Humans of New York kind of vibe.

Of course, photographing people you don’t know can be difficult, but once you learn how to approach them, you will achieve success. Take along a friend for protection, just in case.

Tell a Story With Two Photos

A photo series can contain as little as two photos. An interesting take is to use two subjects that contrast with or complement each other. For example, you can take a picture of a woman with flowers in her hair and then take a picture of just the flowers to complete the series.

Once you get your series together, think of how you’re going to present it. Will your photos be viewed left to right? Up and down? The presentation will add a unique element to the series.

This article provides you will creative ideas for taking a series photo shoot. Which will you be integrating the next time you decide to embark on a project?


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