Five Great Photography Ideas for 2024

Five Great Photography Ideas for 2024

2024 is here—can you believe it? I certainly cannot! It really felt like 2023 flew by, and the older I get, the faster life seems to go. In this article, I want to explore five photography ideas that you can try this year and see where the adventures take you.

Capture the Seasons

One goal I have for this year is to find a beautiful composition and capture that scene across multiple seasons. For example, I would love to find a minimalistic, beautiful lone tree in a field and photograph it in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

Some photographers do not like photographing the same scene multiple times, but there are so many variables to consider. One of the most important variables is weather. Weather conditions can really make an image stand out, seeing your scene in snow, with beautiful fall colors, during an amazing sunset, amidst mist or fog, and even in astrophotography. The potential here is endless, and it's certainly something I want to try.

Can you imagine any scenes around the world that would inspire you to try this? Let me know in the comments below.

52-Week Challenge

There are a few challenges that photographers recommend, such as the daily photo challenge, but I find that one a bit too much, especially when balancing it with my usual day-to-day life. However, a weekly or even a monthly challenge may be more fitting.

The goal is to capture one image you are happy with each week or month. You could consider creating a new Instagram account to share those images as a reminder, or for a monthly challenge, you could produce a calendar of those 12 images and gift it to your family for Christmas. One of my close friends, Adam, does this very thing, aiming to photograph one species of wildlife each month for his calendar.

Little Owl chick in Yorkshire

You can make your own rules for this challenge, such as sticking with a certain theme or trying different genres along the way. The choice is yours, and you could become an even better photographer by giving it a go.

Try Out a Different Genre

If you want to become a "jack of all trades" in the photography world, this is a great one to try. I love trying my hand at different types of photography, whether it's wildlife, astrophotography, landscape, portrait, weddings, food, or macro—there are so many types you can try and then improve upon.

My passion lies within wildlife and northern lights photography. However, most of the work I was known for locally was photographing dancers in urban environments, and I was published in several national newspapers a few times for that work.

Personally, I am a massive introvert, and I suffer from depression, but I wanted to challenge myself by photographing portraits, choosing dancers because I love how graceful they are.

After a while, enjoying the success of photographing dancers, I tried other areas of portrait photography, such as studio, weddings, and headshots. This gave me the opportunity to not only have new revenue streams, but also to feel more confident within myself.

My friend Ashleigh is a ballet dancer who I photographed in Blackpool, which was then published in national newspapers.

You never really truly know what you love until you do it, and you can find out a lot about yourself and where your passions truly lie. Who knows, you may find the genre you have been waiting for and not realized it!

Many photographers do not print their favorite images, but it is a skill that can be very valuable to you in the future. Whether you print the images yourself or go to a print lab, seeing your work in print can be an eye-opener.

It is always easy to look at your images on a computer screen or your phone, but seeing the image in print is a different feeling. The image is not backlit, so you will have a much different aesthetic to consider. You then have the options of different photo papers, which can elevate your image even further.

Whether you want a glossy or matte look, or maybe some texture in the print, these are all options available to you, and you can learn a lot from seeing your images up close and personal. You may even decide to put some up in your house! I ordered some metal prints from Saal Digital for my favorite Iceland shots, and they take pride of place on my living room walls. The prints are even a talking point for anyone visiting me, which is always nice when they appreciate my work.

Plan a Photography Trip

Sometimes, it can be monotonous, photographing the same region for years on end, so every year or two, I love to travel somewhere and find new subjects to photograph. The trips could be abroad, or they could just be somewhere further away in your own country that you have not visited yet.

Of course, with my favorite genres being wildlife and northern lights photography, I would love to travel around the world more often, but I am still waiting for that call from Sony or National Geographic to become an ambassador (wink wink). Sony, call me! Pretty please with a cherry on top.

Arctic Fox in Iceland

I absolutely adore winter environments, and one day I want to move to Iceland or Lapland, but until then, I will keep traveling there as a visitor to look for new wildlife or compositions to photograph. One of my big dreams is to photograph Brown Bears and Polar Bears, so I am trying to save up for a trip to Finland for Brown Bears, and then to Svalbard for Arctic wildlife.

What trips do you have planned or would love to go on? Let me know down below.


I hope these five ideas can inspire you to try something new in the coming year or years. There is absolutely no harm in trying something different, and sometimes it can really pay dividends and might surprise you for the better.

Photography is about telling a story, and giving any of these ideas a go will in itself create a new story and take you on an adventure!

I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and productive new year, and I wish you all the best for 2024.

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Greg Sheard is a Scottish based photographer, focusing on wildlife, landscape and portrait work. Greg's mission in life is too help those who suffer with mental health issues and be a voice for the millions of people around the world who need that care, attention and awareness.

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Greg Sheard wrote:

"I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and productive new year, and I wish you all the best for 2024."

Thank you, Greg! I wish you the very best with your 2024 endeavors as well.

Greg Sheard asked:

"What trips do you have planned or would love to go on? Let me know down below."

Like you, my passion is for wildlife and nature, so all of my travel is based on photographing wild critters.

In May and June, I plan to drive from my home in Washington state across the U.S. to photograph many species of warblers in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and wading birds (Herons, Ibis, and Egrets) in New Jersey. Bonus species would be whatever snakes, frogs, salamanders, toads, and turtles I find during these travels.

In November, I will drive from my home to Montana and Colorado to photograph the Whitetail Deer rut (mating season). Bonus species may include Mule Deer and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, because those species also rut in November. This is a trip I have done every November since 2008, and it usually involves 4-5 weeks afield, to cover all stages of the rut including pre-rut, peak of the rut, and post-rut. I really don't want to come home until all of the does have been bred and the rut is truly over.

Thank you Tom for the well wishes for 2024!

Those plans sound absolutely fantastic! Seeing and photographing a rut from beginning to end sounds like such a great project and it is amazing that you get to experience that every year.

Thank you for your article! It has given me food for thought and I am thinking of doing a monthly challenge. Also, have planned a trip down the coast of my home state of South Australia at the beginning of March where I"m hoping to photograph some coastal views & seascapes and seabirds.

That sounds amazing Dianna and I hope you have an amazing trip! It's been a long time since I visited Australia to see family, and I can't wait to go back - such a beautiful country!