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We all love good stories. Creating a documentary photography project can be a great way to develop your own professionalism. In addition, documentary photography is of interest and helps to keep the attention of the audience.

Random collections of unrelated images often pass by the viewer. This is especially true when most of your pictures are viewed on social networks. Making photos memorable to people is an important creative test.

Developing a photo project and working on it for a period of time, whether it be a week, months or even years, can help stand out from the crowd of photographers. Your personal skills and style will develop in a more meaningful direction. The deeper you are interested in a documentary photo project, the more you win.

The importance of having a plan and a specific purpose for a photo project

In most cases, without a goal and a clear plan, you are likely to quickly lose interest in what is happening. You will struggle to maintain momentum, and the search for fresh ideas to keep the project afloat will be a real torture.

Create a list where you write down your ideas as they become available. What would you most like to photograph? Do not limit yourself, especially at the very beginning. Write down everything that comes to mind without thinking about whether it is real from the point of view of practice or not. Let your list grow over the course of a week, and then study what you end up with.

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After the week ends, edit your list, leaving in it what is possible to implement. What can you take pictures every day or every week? If something from the list is not available to you – cross out! Add the discarded idea to another list for future projects.

Focus on what excites you. Which of your list would you like to photograph regularly? Passion for the topic found will be great to motivate. Do not pick ideas that you think are easy. Seek a challenge for yourself.

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Narrow your list down to two or three ideas. Think it over before choosing one. You can start work on several projects, and then, if it turns out to be too difficult, choose the one that you like the most.

Think about what you want to do with the photos you create for your documentary project. Stories are created to share them. Who will be interested in the story you are telling? Which environment or platform is best for displaying images? You might want to make a classic photo album, print out the pictures, and store them there. Instagram or Pinterest can be an ideal option for a photo project, you can create your own website or page. Think about what you most want to achieve by sharing your photos.

Study your topic

Explore. Immerse yourself in the project idea of ​​your choice as if it were completely new to you. Even if you already know a lot about her, find out more. Telling a story based on a small amount of information will not be able to hold people’s attention for long.

The more confident you become an expert in your field, the better will be the story you tell. You can even plan a storytelling. What will be the beginning, middle and end? The more you know about it, the more interesting details you can include. You want other experts on your topic to be surprised at what you managed to show in your photos.

Learn the story of a project idea. Talk to people who are familiar with your topic. Do not rely solely on the Internet. To touch the point, you will need experience – yours and others.

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Take a lot of pictures

While planning is important, don’t hold yourself back too much. Start as soon as you decide on a topic. You can start slowly and change direction several times. This is normal. But postponement for later will not help to achieve the desired goals.

As soon as you begin, you will see how your story will develop, and you will be able to direct it as you see fit. The theme of the project usually dictates how often you can take photos.

Cultivate relationships with your project

Get ready for the fact that the project will require a certain number of repetitions. You will have to visit the same places several times, take pictures of the same things, meet already familiar people and experience the weather changes of different seasons.

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Every time, try to take photos that match your mood. This will make the story more personal and interesting. The photographer’s view of the world is unique, and photographs should convey this. This concept may seem a bit abstract, but if you keep this in mind, you will eventually find that your photographs become more expressive, more accurately reflecting the inner essence, then who you are in reality.

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