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What is a photography theme?

In photography, a theme is an overlapping concept that a photographer follows. From black and white photography to night or aerial photography. Using a photography theme is a great way to inspire creativity. For any artist, working within a subject can change your artistic outlook. It will show you new possibilities and solutions to creative problems. Choosing a photography theme also takes you in a decisive direction. It adds authenticity and depth to your bodywork and allows you to focus your creative energy.

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1. Black and white

Black and white photography (be it film or digital) has a unique beauty. It is one of the oldest and most comprehensive photographic subjects out there. Highlighting form and shape, a black and white theme removes the distraction of color. This reinforces the subject matter and the photographic process. You can focus on a particular subject or draw a picture of different styles. Either way, black and white photography unites a succession of photographic images. This ties them together into a visual narrative that emphasizes the building blocks of photographic practice. Black and white photography enhances the look, adding a specific depth to an image. Photo by Unsplash by Carlasp Quento

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2. Color

Through development and culture, color has developed strong relationships with our emotions. Lal is associated with passion and love. Blue is a color associated with sadness. Color photography reflects our visual understanding of the world. By focusing on color as a subject, you are appealing to our innate sense of the visible spectrum.

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3. Texture

Texture describes the untouchability of the environment in which we live. We can instinctively develop an understanding of how textuality develops only by looking at something. Think of old walls, stones, grass, textiles. Capturing textures exchange information that crosses the boundaries of oral communication.

An old Part of an abandoned mine lies on the step cliffs of the North Cornwall Coast. Pictures is part of Wheal Coates Mine.
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4. Ariel

Sometimes, to spark inspiration, a fresh perspective is needed. Aerial photography involves the use of an aircraft or drone. You want to capture the world with a bird's eye. We spend most of our lives on the ground, looking up. Aerial photography as a photographic theme provides an interesting approach to depicting the world around us.

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Superkilen was designed by superstar architects Bjarke Ingels Group and arts group Superflex and opened in 2012. It celebrates the diverse nature of Nørrebro through design and artefacts from around the world.  

The park is divided into three main areas: Den Røde Plads (red square), Mimers Plads (black square) and The Green Market. Each plays its own role in creating a diverse playground for locals.
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5. Line

This may not sound exciting, but once you start watching the possibilities of the lines are endless. Curved, straight, colored, toothed, leading, broken. The lines behave in many ways, allowing the eye to follow the entire image. Try to catch jerky lines to provoke an energetic reading or quiet curves to denote a feeling of fluidity.

El Capitan on a sunny afternoon
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6. Nature

If you are feeling trapped in a tingling, it can be really beneficial to adopt a photographic theme around nature. Not only does it have a good nature for your mental health, but it can also reveal captivating photographic opportunities. A natural subject encompasses a wide range of topics and techniques. This means that there is a lot of room for creativity. Set a goal to take a walk in nature for an hour or two with your camera and see what is in the natural world.

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7. Pattern

Defined by the repetition of elements in a picture, patterns can be found in both nature and man-made forms. The photography pattern draws attention to the fascinating similarities and juxtapositions that make up our world. Even a group of images cultivates a subject through repetitive subversion, based on constrained patterns. Keep an eye out for repetitive details (color, size, specific subject) that can tie together an image. It is amazing how much of our environment is ordered and degraded.

Dew on a dark green leaf
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8. Macro

Macro photography centers reveal the complex beauty around us. Whether you have a macro lens, a set of extension tubes or reversing rings, you can do macro photography. Use it to explore the makeup of natural and urban environments. Try to restrict your macro topic to a specific topic. Use insects, flowers, or eyes to make a visual study of someone unnoticed or ignored.

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9. Food

Food gives us the energy to go about our daily lives. It also makes for delicious photography themes. Food can be seen in a studio, at home or outside and around. This makes it a great photographic subject. This is a good excuse to cook / bake / buy yourself some tasty (and visually) chow. You can also try flat lay photography. Document the ingredients that go into your meal. Bon appetit!

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10. Self Portrait

As photographers, we take photographs of many people, places and things. But it is rare that we will take time to turn the lens on itself. If you want to work on your portraiture technique, then Self Portrait is a great subject to adopt. You will be able to apply practical skills to readily available models. What better excuse to shine your light on both the front and back of the camera? Self portraits make for an attractive photographic theme. Photo by John Sting on Unsplash

80,s City
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11. Abstraction

Abstract photography lacks immediate connection with the visual world. Rather than photographing figurative subject matter, abstract photographers rely on such things as light, color, and texture to give an emotional impression. Abstraction is a great subject because it is free from the father of the literal. This means that there is much room to experiment. You can catch some unique and visually appealing boundaries and boundaries. Photo by Eberhard Grosgiger on Unsplash

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12. Street

Street photography as a subject can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Master photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Mair and Saul Litter have primarily worked in the field of street photography. Providing insight into everyday life, street photography will brighten your reflexes, as well as your photographic eye. Photo by Christina Gotardi on Unsplash

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13. Night

Night time photography involves a lot of photographic techniques and methodology. Light trail, star trail, or street photography can also come on top of night photography. Ramp up your ISO, lower your shutter speed, open your aperture, bring a flash, or embrace ambient light. There are many ways to combat or embrace dark situations. Night-time photography uses darkness as a tool to convey the qualities of light. The combination of night and street photography creates an intimate atmosphere. Photo by Andre Benz on Unsplash

The conclusion

If you ever need creative inspiration, or you want to change your photographic practice, themes are a great way to get things started. You can rediscover old photographic methods or learn something new. Either way, photography themes are very fun. Choose something from this list and shoot