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Photography Projects to Try on Film

Losing inspiration and motivation to shoot in film? Try some photography projects to jolt you back to your artistic self!

We all know how Lomography and other forms of analog photography continue to inspire the photographers in all of us. However, there are times when the daily grind gets the better of our artistic side. If you think you’re losing your shutter-happy self, here are some interesting photography projects that are worth trying in film.

Photo by lmr

Project 365

Chances are, you have heard or read about this project somewhere. It involves taking one photo a day, with the goal of documenting a year in your life. People take on this project mainly for practice and to eventually become better at photography. There are many variations of this project, such as 365 Days, where you take self-portraits for a year. Those who think taking daily snapshots is a bit demanding, a project reduced to 52 weeks maybe worth trying.

If you’re up for a challenge, try this project on film, as most people use digital cameras to make things a bit easier. To make things more interesting, don’t get your film rolls processed until the end of the project!

Photo by ripsta

A – Z Photo Project

As the project name suggests, this one involves taking photos of objects or places that begin with each letter of the alphabet. There are many ways to do this, such as objects only, places only, names of people, or letter-shaped objects. For letters that can be a bit difficult (like U or Q), one suggestion is to capture something that represents emotions or adjectives, like “unhappy” or “quick”.

Photo by floriansimon

Words to Shoot By

A bit similar to A-Z, Words to Shoot by is an interesting project where contributors take photos based on an assigned word. It can be anything—a concept, an adjective, a color, a sensation. You can do this project on your own, with your own circle of photographer friends, or as a contributor on the group that started it all.

Photo by papaya

100 Strangers

This is one of the most popular photography projects for people who like to step out of their comfort zones. In this project, you have to take 100 portraits of people totally unknown to you and ask them to tell something about themselves. If you want to practice portraiture or meet new people and learn about their stories, this project is for you. Definitely challenging but interesting, this project is a true test of photojournalistic skills.

Have you tried any of these photography projects? Leave a comment to let us know how it went!

Additional Readings/References:
100 Strangers
7 Photography Projects to Jumpstart Your Creativity
52 Weeks
Words to Shoot By
Project 365
365 Days

written by plasticpopsicle


  1. willyboy


    I'm going to do all of these!

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  2. sophhh


    would absolutely love to see them if anybody does a set, please let me know!
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  3. spoeker


    I'm doing a 365 photo project right now, have a look if you like :)

    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  4. mina24


    Starting tomorrow my 365 days photo project with my Diana F+ instant back! :D
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  5. iamdnierod


    thanks for sharing this!

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  6. flykiwii


    i would LOVE to try the last one. 100 stangers.
    Im into portraits a lot but i dont have the cpurage to ask people to take their picture!
    im too shy! >.< lol I want to do it!! But its scary! xD

    about 3 years ago · report as spam

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