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395 Photography Themes You Can Do to Improve Your Photos

This list of 395 photography themes could be just what you need to pull you out of your artistic slump!

We get it. Coming up with fresh, new ideas on a daily basis can be tiring and time-consuming when all you really want to be is snap-happy.

This is why we have put together a comprehensive list of photography themes you can use to enhance your photography

What Is a Photography Theme?

Image demonstrating the bokeh photography theme
Photo by Carlos on Unsplash

A photography theme is a subject matter you can focus in on to organize and expand your photography portfolio. They can provide you with a goal to achieve and can be an interesting, immersive challenge to partake in.

How Photography Themes Can Improve Your Photography?

Having a bank of photography themes is a great tool to ensure you mix-up your photography game with new and fresh subjects, as a result, you present a diverse portfolio to your viewers, demonstrating your range of skill and adaptability.

It is especially helpful if you are just starting out in photography and want to improve your skills. Nothing helps to improve your skills like practicing! What a better way to practise than to set yourself a challenge with a theme.

Some people do that every day of the year–sometimes referred to as a 365 project. But you don’t need to set that big of a challenge. Perhaps you want just one theme or 7 for a week. It’s up to you.

395 Photography Themes

  1. Celebrate
  2. Bubbles
  3. Zoom-In
  4. Your Weather
  5. Review of Last Year
  6. Dark
  7. Dreams
  8. C is For…
  9. Stairs
  10. Scarf
  11. 2 Photos (1 – Black & White 1 – Color)
  12. Sunrise
  13. Big
  14. Cozy
  15. Hat
  16. Hot Drink
  17. Circles
  18. Hugs
  19. Popcorn
  20. Sleep
  21. Blue
  22. Handwriting
  23. Your Favorite Pie (Include a Recipe if you want)
  24. Frozen
  25. Use Your Imagination
  26. Friends
  27. Cold
  28. Macro Monday
  29. Movement
  30. Oranges
  31. A Beautiful Sight
  32. Red
  33. 3:00 PM
  34. Superbowl Sunday (What Did You Do?)
  35. My Town
  36. Year of the Boar
  37. D is For…
  38. Clouds
  39. Laugh
  40. Fuzzy
  41. A week of Romance (What is your Idea of Romance)
  42. Lips
  43. Sweet
  44. Heart
  45. Love
  46. Kiss
  47. Date Night
  48. Outside
  49. Small
  50. Fresh
  51. Hair
  52. Kids
  53. Games
  54. Your Neighborhood
  55. Golden
  56. Macro Monday
  57. Potato
  58. Comfort
  59. Favorite Flower
  60. A Street
  61. Inspiration
  62. Button
  63. Next to You
  64. M is For…
  65. Nature
  66. Cereal
  67. Opposites
  68. Healthy
  69. Favorite Time of Day
  70. Macro Monday
  71. Table
  72. Spoon
  73. Bokeh
  74. Lines
  75. Garden
  76. Green
  77. Lucky
  78. Poetry – Match a photo to a poem
  79. Spring
  80. Culture
  81. World Water Day
  82. Kites
  83. Music
  84. Texture
  85. Peas
  86. Grass
  87. Happy
  88. Flower Closeup
  89. Architecture
  90. Crayons
  91. Silly
  92. Hidden
  93. Money
  94. Can’t Live Without
  95. Looking up
  96. In My Hand
  97. A is For…
  98. Lavender
  99. Pillow
  100. Maps
  101. Peaches
  102. Hard
  103. Refreshing
  104. Hobby
  105. Macro Monday
  106. Old
  107. New
  108. Panning
  109. Bike
  110. Sidewalk
  111. Easter Sunday Eggs
  112. Earth
  113. Rain
  114. Mirror
  115. Clean
  116. Looking Down
  117. Butterfly
  118. Lens Flare
  119. Pasta (Include a Recipe if you want)
  120. Action
  121. Blueberries
  122. socks
  123. Mail
  124. A Vehicle
  125. Your Favorite Mexican Food (Include a Recipe if you want)
  126. 2 Photos (1 at 35mm 1 at 70mm)
  127. Half-Empty or Half-Full
  128. Candle
  129. Insect World
  130. Towel
  131. Skyline
  132. Mother
  133. Yellow
  134. Upside Down
  135. L is For…
  136. Messy
  137. Something Made From Wood
  138. Kitchen
  139. Use a Tripod
  140. Macro Monday
  141. Open
  142. Closed
  143. Street Light
  144. Window
  145. From a Distance
  146. Party
  147. Remember
  148. Hamburger
  149. 2 Photos (Edited/Unedited)
  150. Polka Dots
  151. Liquid
  152. Keys
  153. P is For…
  154. Jewelry
  155. Art
  156. 6:00 PM
  157. Road Sign
  158. Donuts
  159. World Ocean Day
  160. Where You Come From
  161. Peaceful
  162. Waiting
  163. Broken
  164. Shadow
  165. Stripes
  166. Skyscraper
  167. Father
  168. Macro Monday
  169. High Angle
  170. Time
  171. Watermelon
  172. National Selfie Day
  173. Summer
  174. Pink
  175. Letters
  176. Sunglasses
  177. Cute
  178. Flip Flops
  179. Empty
  180. Full
  181. I Heard…
  182. Sandwich
  183. Sand
  184. Door
  185. My Country
  186. Sunset
  187. Sea Shells
  188. Chair
  189. Cherries
  190. T is For…
  191. Ring
  192. Loud
  193. Square
  194. Path
  195. Picnic
  196. Macro Monday
  197. Cards
  198. Wild
  199. In My Refrigerator
  200. Ice Cream
  201. Hard Work
  202. Someone Who Inspires You
  203. Beauty
  204. Collection
  205. Round
  206. Dancing
  207. Use a Different Piece of Photography Equipment
  208. Road Less Traveled
  209. Turquoise
  210. Pattern
  211. On the Floor
  212. Night
  213. Flying
  214. Penny
  215. Energy
  216. Your Favorite Dessert (Include a Recipe if you want)
  217. Cats
  218. Locks
  219. What I Wore
  220. Mushrooms
  221. Bridge
  222. Wish
  223. Triangle
  224. Macro Monday
  225. Reflection
  226. Knife
  227. Wildlife
  228. Balloons
  229. Noodles
  230. Church
  231. World Photography Day (Your Choice)
  232. Arches
  233. Street Photography
  234. Swing
  235. The 1st Person I Saw Today
  236. The Sky
  237. R is For…
  238. Simple
  239. Hot
  240. A Pair of…
  241. Morning
  242. Dolls
  243. Magic
  244. Fountain
  245. Relax
  246. Back To School
  247. Dirty
  248. Bottle
  249. S is For…
  250. Nature’s Peace
  251. Grandparents
  252. Apples
  253. Bedtime
  254. Rocks
  255. Gate
  256. Folded
  257. Faceless Portrait
  258. Purple
  259. Macro Monday
  260. Work
  261. Unexpected
  262. Bathtub
  263. Craving
  264. Transportation
  265. Yummy
  266. Leaves
  267. Shadows
  268. Baby
  269. Oops
  270. Childhood Memory
  271. Autumn
  272. Stop
  273. Go
  274. Bones
  275. Nuts
  276. O is For…
  277. Not Yet Finished
  278. Breast Cancer Awareness
  279. Oktoberfest
  280. In A Row
  281. Picture of a Picture
  282. Ball
  283. Purse/Handbag
  284. A Tattoo
  285. Dishes
  286. Orange
  287. Harvest
  288. Surprise
  289. Feet
  290. Books
  291. Feathers
  292. Diamond
  293. Favorite Soup/Stew (Include a Recipe if you want)
  294. Macro Monday
  295. Metal
  296. Abandoned
  297. Moon
  298. Fence
  299. Scary
  300. Spiderweb
  301. Cemetery
  302. Boo
  303. Pumpkin
  304. Costume
  305. Pickle
  306. Crisp
  307. Rule of Thirds
  308. Brown
  309. N is For…
  310. An Adventure
  311. Shallow Depth of Field
  312. Fish
  313. Something You Made
  314. Coffee
  315. Stars
  316. Technology
  317. Boots
  318. Fire
  319. Portrait
  320. Landscape
  321. Home
  322. Macro Monday
  323. Special Event in Your Life
  324. Lunch
  325. Made Me Smile
  326. Chaos
  327. Thankful
  328. Teddy Bears
  329. Squash
  330. Roots
  331. Giving
  332. Thanksgiving Day Family
  333. Shopping
  334. Free
  335. Poinsettia
  336. E is For…
  337. Shoes
  338. Shiny
  339. Bracelet
  340. Tomato
  341. Busy
  342. Silver Bells
  343. Joy
  344. Cookies
  345. Wreath
  346. Twelve Things
  347. Gift Wrap
  348. Sweater Ugly or Not
  349. Your Mood
  350. Decorations
  351. Ornament
  352. Your Tree
  353. Presents
  354. Lights
  355. Santa
  356. Winter
  357. Candy Cane
  358. Peace
  359. Christmas Favorite Things
  360. Cheer
  361. Silent Night
  362. Breakfast
  363. A Thought For the Upcoming Year
  364. Macro Monday
  365. Excitement
  366. New
  367. Dark
  368. Ice
  369. Birds
  370. Sleep
  371. Sunrise
  372. Blue
  373. Gift
  374. Low Angle
  375. Friends
  376. Frosty
  377. Dreams
  378. J Is For…
  379. Hat
  380. Hot Drink
  381. Zoom In
  382. Strangers
  383. Popcorn
  384. Black And White
  385. Hugs
  386. Transportation
  387. Handwriting
  388. Food
  389. Cozy
  390. Stars
  391. Magic
  392. Fancy
  393. Cold
  394. Natural Light
  395. Motion Blur

Conclusion

There you have it, photography themes to engage and inspire your creativity. If you ever find yourself in a photography rut, take inspiration from other photographers and experiment with unique subjects you wouldn’t usually be drawn to.

Sometimes the most stunning photographs come from the most unexpected places. Take part in our 365 photography theme project to expand your knowledge and watch your images develop.

Have you tried any of these themes? Do you have any questions or advice to give other readers? Let us know in the comments!

Image demonstrating the kiss photography theme
Photo by Azrul Aziz on Unsplash

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About the author

Ramesh Yahathugoda

My love for photography started when I went on a hiking trip to Alberta's Banff national park. I have more than 10 years of experience shooting nature and landscape photography and I am a member of Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

My passion is to help others become better photographers. I share photography knowledge and review camera gear on PhotoBlog's official blog to achieve that goal. In my spare time, I love to read, run, and go on hikes! To see my latest adventures, visit my travel photography blog here on PhotoBlog.com

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