Like every year, our team at DIYP has seen plenty of wonderful photo projects throughout 2021. As we’re wrapping up the current year, it’s time to get reminded of all those creative folks we got in touch with and who generously shared their work, stories, and good vibes with us. We have selected the top ten amazing photography projects of 2021… And some honorable mentions, because it was so darn hard to pick only ten!
Combining photography and kitchen? Yes, please! I love spending time in my kitchen experimenting with food as much as I love taking photos of it. Well, Marc Klaus has “cooked” beautiful portraits in his kitchen using some of the items that we usually use to prepare food. In this video, he’ll show you how to use stuff from your kitchen to take some creative portraits at home.
Many of us are in self-isolation or quarantine right now, and it requires a lot of self-discipline. You may have extra time on your hand and you need to spend it at home. If you ask me, it’s not easy at all, especially if you live alone. Starting a DIY project will help you fulfill your time, divert your thoughts, and make something new for your photography. A perfect combo.
So, in this article I bring you some suggestions for DIY projects. I chose ten of them and focused on those that require mainly the stuff you already have. This way, you don’t have to leave home to get the parts and you can start building right now.
Many of us have often pondered the great question, “What would chairs look like if they were people?” Okay, so perhaps not, but I appreciate those who think outside the box (with the exception of a classmate in high school whose way of thinking stood as a stumbling block in my mathematics career).
However, it was during a disappointing shoot that award-winning photographer Horia Manolache was inspired to ponder that very question. What resulted was an intriguing and somewhat comical portrait series.
I recently came across this stunning image from Warsaw-based creative studio Ars Thanea and was mesmerized by the paradoxical elements. Roses, a symbol of love and beauty, smoldering and covered in ash…all stunningly captured.
“We wanted to create something unreal,” says Peter Jaworowski, creative director and founding partner of the firm. But Peter didn’t want to go the route of 3D computer simulation, partly for authenticity and partly because that method would simply be too time-consuming. So, they opted to build the image from the ground up.
I’m always looking to accessorize to compliment my beard, from the hats I wear to…well, that’s pretty much the extent of it. While this DIY project isn’t perhaps something I would personally dangle around my manly neck, I think it’s awesome and would make a great handmade gift for the female photographer in your life.
Photographer, camera bag designer, and semi-pro crocodile wrestler (she’s from Australia…we made assumptions) Emma Anderson recently posted a tutorial on repurposing an old, silk scarf into a stylish and gorgeous camera strap. (Just because I wouldn’t wear it doesn’t mean I can’t like it, right?)
This is a cool idea I wish I could have come up with myself. Photographer Francois Dourlen has a signature move where he shoots with his iPhone – well, not with his iPhone, but with his iPhone incorporated into the picture itself. Recently he picked up an interesting hobby where he saves stills from movies he likes onto his iPhone; what he does with them is unique, fun, and incredibly simple. As he goes on about his day, he takes those stills on his phone and shoots photos of them being implemented into real life scenery that – you might say – completes the picture.