Creative photoshoot ideas to do at home

You don’t have to be stuck indoors to practice photography.

Here are 10 photoshoots that you can do at home. These range from simple product shots to high-quality portrait photography in natural light, simple food photography at your home, or even one-off product shoots. These shoots don’t require you to travel to exotic locations or collaborate with large groups to photograph high-end products. Some of them are simple enough that all you need is a camera and a subject.

Natural light portrait photography

Natural light portrait photography can technically be done either indoors or outside, but it’s still a great excuse for photographers to get out there and start shooting. Natural light portrait photography doesn’t require much equipment. You need to get started with your camera, space, and subject.

Begin indoor photography by finding a suitable light source such as a large window. Then think about how to make the most out of your scene. This indoor photography class was very simple. I used a large window for the light source, my DSLR, and some diffusion material.

Photograph the children

Grab the kids and take some photos at home, no matter what time. These shoots are easy to do indoors and outdoors and require minimal equipment.

You can still be creative indoors if you are unable to go outside. You can get them to wear their favorite outfits, pose with their pet, or use their toys (as you’ll see here in the portrait photography class).

Natural light food photography

You don’t have to photograph people. Why not try natural light photography? You don’t have to be a professional chef to photograph food at your home, as you will see in our new food photography classes. You only need basic ingredients and space for shooting. Anna captured a bowl of spaghetti with charcuterie boards in our natural light food shoots.

Simple food photography at home

You can go one step further if you have a couple of studio lights. This food photography class shows how I only use two studio lights to create natural light in a simple breakfast scene.

You can be creative with just a few studio lighting fixtures. You might be surprised at what you can create for your afternoon tea, a glass of feta, or dessert.

Still life photography

Still-life photography can be a great way for you to test your creativity. You don’t even need much to start. The perfect example is The Egg Challenge, which we just finished live. This is just one egg. I will show you how creative you can get with just your background and lighting.

You can look around your house and see what you can find. This is a great way to have fun, challenge your creativity and pass the time.

One simple product photography

Product photography can be intimidating for many photographers, especially if they need multiple lights to achieve good results. You don’t need much equipment if you are proficient in controlling light. I demonstrated this in my recent One-Light Challenge Product Shoot photography workshop.

You will need a variety of reflectors, flags, and mirrors to help you control your light. You can also use long exposures if you are looking for something more creative. I did this in the one-light product shoot.

Simulating sunlight portrait lighting

Are you stuck indoors and looking for creative portrait photography ideas. This simple portrait photography setup will give you a feeling of sunshine. This setup is perfect for limited space and only one light.

This setup can be further enhanced by adding a flag to create the sun-shade, as shown in this portrait photography class.

Dramatic portrait lighting in two lights

Might you be interested in something a little more dramatic? Take a look at the Dramatic Photographs photography class. This shoot is ideal for people who work in small spaces. All you need to do this shoot is your subject and camera, two studio lighting, and a reflector.

You can also check out our portrait photography classes, where you will find various lighting options for portraits, including one, two, three, and four lights.

Bottle photography

There’s a good chance that you have at least one wine or spirit bottle lying around. Bottles are easy to photograph. They don’t need much equipment, and you can be as creative or simple as you wish.

Splash photography

Splash photography is for you if you feel daring and don’t mind making a mess. In its most basic form, Splash photography requires only one light, some diffusion material, and a liquid.

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