'Boring' Hometown Photography Challenge

Do We Need to Travel to Distant Places for Good Photography?
It is far too often that I feel like I need to travel to far away places to do some proper photography. Eventhough I actually never tried to really photograph my own hometown. I always thought that it wouldn't be worth my time and energy, that the images won't be anything that I'm happy with. But, at the same time, as a photographer, I know that these thoughts aren't really good. It's not the town that's not good enough to photograph, it's most likely the photographer!
So recently I decided to challenge myself and to just go out in my own hometown and try to photograph it as good as I could.
I wouldn't give myself any excuses. 
YouTube has alwasy been something that I wanted to do, so I decided to document the process, the result is the video above!


The Benefits
Photographing your own hometown or local area has quite a few benefits!

  • The local township / municipality might have a use for your photos.
  • Photographing local business might stimulate your photography business.
  • The local villagers might find out about you and hire you.
  • It really can be a challenge which pushes your creativity and helps you grow.
  • Maybe you'll get new appreciation for your 'boring' hometown!
  • In 10 years when your town looks different, you will be happy with the photos that you did make!

I myself plan to send my video and the photos to my township and the local newspaper, who knows what might happen. I'll update this blog with the outcome of that.


In the gallery below you can find the photos that I took during this challenge! I've also added a few bonus images which I took in the past, around 2016.

Note to Self

Making these YouTube video's is still pretty new to me! Everytime I make one, I learn quite a lot. I will dedicated a part of these blogs to write down what I learned and what I can do better next time.

  • Get better at storytelling! Get straight to the point, have a clear story, maybe some preparation work.
  • It seriously takes a lot of time to do photography and filming everything all by yourself.
  • When the filming process is messy, when you don't have a clear structure, the editing part will also be harder and messy!

Gear Used

  • Nikon D750 (2x) for filming and photography.
  • Tamron 24-70 f2.8 g2 
  • Sigma 35mm f1.4
  • DJI-Spark for the aerial footage and photos
  • Tripod Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 with XPRO ballhead
  • Rollei Fotopro C5i

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