Practical photo project ideas for you:
Make surreal photos by not showing the faces of your subjects, and show their faces or eyes through advertisements they are holding.
Photograph your subjects as they’re moving, or use a flash at a slower shutter speed 1/15th of a second). I encourage you to shoot monochrome for aesthetically more appealing images (I feel blurry photos look better in black and white).
You show much emotion with hands. Either just shoot hands, or photograph people with interesting hand-gestures.
You learn much about a society and their values via food. Also, shoot your food as a way to document certain memories you had in your life.
Airports are weird places. If you travel a lot, shoot a lot when inside the airport.
7. Gas station
Shoot inside the gas station, at the pump, and shoot street portraits of people with permission.
This project will be very good if you drive and commute a lot; use any and every opportunity to shoot!
Photograph the American flag, or your own country flag. Have fun with it!
Make photos at the sea, river, or any body of water.
11. Long distance flash
As a technique, shoot with a flash from a very far distance, to create a unique aesthetic.
13. Home country
If you’re an immigrant or your parents are born in another country, visit that country again, and photograph it as a form of learning about your own heritage. Photos below in South Korea:
14. Travel project
Travel to a foreign country, and just document your experiences in that country.
This is what I also learned:
Better to revisit the same country or city several times, and get to know it deeply, than to travel to lots of random places for a short period.
Photos from Tokyo:
Photos from the Philippines:
Photos from India:
No rules in photography — just keep experimenting, keep shooting, and keep having fun with the process!