When the elements aren’t on your side, you’re feeling creative and would like to take photos, what do you do? Instead of lying around, not doing anything, here are a couple of photo ideas you can try.

Getting out of the automatic scene modes:

If you’re still using your camera in automatic or in the scene modes, this is the perfect time to start using the manual modes. Take a photo using automatic, look at the settings it used for that photo. Now move your camera mode dial to M, dial in the same settings that the camera used in automatic and take a photo. After you take the photo, change the settings around and try different shutter speeds, aperture, and ISO’s to see what you like better. This will help you later on with adjusting your camera settings in whichever situation you are in.

Different perspectives:

Pick an object to use as the subject, it could be anything from a watermelon to a barbie. Place it on your table and start snapping! Try different angles to move your subject around in the viewport. Try different focal lengths on your lens. If you want more of a environmental photo take the photo with a wide focal length, if you’re looking more for a portrait, zoom in on your lens to fill the frame with your subject.


For people that don’t know, ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. Example: if you’re shooting indoors or at night, the ISO number will be higher, for example ISO 800 and up. If you’re in the sun your ISO will be a lower ISO 100-400.
Keep in mind, the higher the number the more “noise” you will see. Set your camera to Aperture Priority (AV,A) put the ISO to the lowest number and take a photo. Keep the camera stable by using a tripod or place your camera on a table, then take another photo with the aperture at a higher number ex ISO 400. Keep taking photos at higher ISO numbers until you reach the largest ISO on your camera. Download the images on your computer and review the photos, you will see the difference between each ISO number.