Make it a challenge to photograph “something boring”

photo of woman sitting on grass field
Photo by Alexandr Podvalny on
51 Subjects on photography, and I am going to do them all. The one on the list today, is to take a photo of something boring, and make it interesting:

Taking photos of something you consider boring, is certainly a challenge for anyone. I put this photo above, because I think Golf is so boring. How can anyone watch that. However, I could enjoy going on the course and getting great photos of the scenery. Most public and private golf courses have incredible scenery. It’s certainly a reward for the golfers. I am not sure they even appreciate it like us photographers.

green grass field beside body of water under blue sky during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on ——- What a beautiful photo of a golf course. They have an amazing amount of beautiful scenery. Too bad the sport is so boring (at least to me).

Now, take a moment to think about things that are boring to you.

Here is a list I found from Google, that lists boring things:

  • Being stuck in traffic.
  • Standing in line.
  • Being on hold.
  • Junk mail.
  • Slow internet connections.
  • Listening to politicians.
  • Watching TV adverts.
  • The routine of everyday life.

Do any of these subjects hit home with you. What do you find boring? I know some people who are still in school may find certain subjects boring. I did. So, in relation to photography, how do you make this a challenge? I looked at the most boring thing, and discovered that golf is boring, but to get out on the course and take photos of a golf course can really be beautiful.

Let’s take a look at the list above and see how we can take a boring thing, and apply something photographic to it.

  • Let’s take another one I hate, and that is : BEING STUCK IN TRAFFIC !

I have been thinking about this a bit, and decided I could take pictures of the scenery around me, using a photo from the street, like this below:

Photo by Chase Charaba on Unsplash ——- Washington Boulevard in Ogden, Utah, looking toward Ben Lomond in summer 2020. Photo by Chase Charaba. @ChaseCharaba on social media and YouTube.

I was surprised to find a photo from my photo sources of a street that I am familiar with. Mount Ben Lomond in front of us, with the street view.

While you are stuck in the car, consider some tasty snacks for the drive. Click on the red link and see what great snacks are available now. So many delicious things to choose from.

Another idea would be to take photos of good looking cars I might like:

I do like a good looking sports car, wishing I had one, and I can see that taking pictures of one, and hanging it in my office. Try something like that.

I know some people think that reading is boring. How do you make books a piece of photography art? Here’s an idea I like, and you can do this with several other “boring” things.

Take the book, or books, and make a still photo, like this:

Photo by Alina Nichepurenko on Unsplash ——- This is what you can do with boring books, Make them into a special “still photo”.


Taking photos of boring things is a challenge. Why would we even want to do this type of challenge? Because it will excercise some creativity in your mind and you may come across some skill you didn’t know you had, plus, create something unique. If you want to try this, we would love to see your photos, and we can even post them on this blog, to help with the 51 photo subjects.

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