Photography is a skill that can fade if you don’t practice. The beauty of the art form, however, is that it doesn’t take long to snap a shot. I’ll admit, the title of this article may be a bit misleading – it certainly takes you longer than the shutter to set up the shot – but the intent is clear: It doesn’t take a lot of time to get a little practice. Here are a few ways you can fit a little photography into your daily routine and get some practice every day.
- Shoot What You Eat – spend a few moments each morning shooting your breakfast or your dinner.
- Leave the Office for Lunch – and take your camera, of course. I will occasionally go to a nearby park to shoot whatever I see.
- Take Your Camera for a Walk – daily walks do a body good. With your camera in tow, it’s a good chance for some photography practice as well.
- Shoot While on Hold – Surely you make a few phone calls every day where you inevitably get put on hold. Shoot whatever is around you while you’re on hold.
- Photo Breaks – A few mental breaks throughout the day will help your efficiency. It’s a great time to free your mind and shoot some close-up shots of office supplies.
- Your Kids: Your Best Subjects – I have hundreds of candid shots of my kids doing silly things. Keep the camera handy. This is dual purpose, you’re practicing and preserving memories.
- Your Pets: More Great Subjects – Pets are just like your kids…shoot away.
- Daily Self Portraits – Be like Noah (YouTube) who took a shot every day for 6 years and converted it to a video. Or, be a little more creative and have fun with it.
- Todays Weather – If you don’t like to be on the other side of the lens, shoot the weather instead, or the same scene every day.