The proliferation of digital cameras and smartphones has certainly turned photo collage creation from a pastime of a relatively limited number of enthusiastic individuals into a sweepingly popular hobby shared by millions. This inevitably brought about many new approaches and modifications of the ones used in the past; so let’s talk about how you can diversify your photographic exploits, both digital and analog.

1. Art Journaling

In order to try your hand at this, you need as little as a bunch of different magazines and a pair of scissors. Choose a color and simply clip all objects of this color from your collection of magazines, no matter whether they match each other in theme or not. After that, simply start pasting them on a sheet of paper trying to create a meaningful composition. Creativity thrives under pressure – by limiting your possibilities in this fashion you will tap into deposits of fantasy you didn’t know you possessed. And of course, it is not the only possibility – you may choose objects to clip based on any principle, not just color.

2. Storytelling

Get a bunch of your photos and try to arrange them in a way that tells a story. They may either deal with something that really happened by placing photos taken in short succession, or use shots that have no connection to each other to create a humorous or emotional appeal. This way of creating collages is fairly simple and can be used even on the go, simply by arranging photos in a mosaic fashion. You don’t have to use any fancy design software to do so, an iPhone with appropriate apps will be more than enough. You can find the list of the best collage apps here.

3. Composition

When the reality reflected by the shot just isn’t enough, collage gives you freedom to improve it in a multitude of ways to your heart’s content. You simply have to take your own photo or photos and paste new objects or parts of other photos onto it, thus creating a completely different story or composition, changing the mood or playing with what really happened in ironic way.

4. Photo Walls

If you want to combine your photography hobby with interior decoration, there is no better way to do so than to try your hand at creating photo walls. That’s right – you take lots and lots of photos (usually of yourself and your loved ones) and stick them to a wall(s) and/or ceiling. What you can do with the concept is not limited by anything but your own fantasy and artistic courage. Arrange photos in meaningful shapes, like hearts or your own initials; frame doors and mirrors with them – anything you like!

5. Combining Media

Why limit yourself to photos if you can say more by introducing different media and materials? Your approaches may range from something as simple as drawing on your photos to attach new meaning to them to using embroidery thread and fabric to complement images or weaving paper strips in order to create pleasant tactile textures where they are needed. What exactly you will try doesn’t matter much – you simply have to get it into your head that you are not limited by photos and can use anything anywhere if it helps you to convey your meaning. Unleash your imagination, mix and match various media and let your creativity thrive!

Don’t be afraid to use your fantasy and use different approaches for your collages. It will help you to stand out among a lot of other different but monotonous photos that can be found across social media. Make your profiles bright and attract more followers. If you liked this article, feel free to share and good luck!

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