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214 Photography Topics You Can Write About

Jain Lemos

Jain Lemos is a New York Times No. 1 bestselling book producer, noted photography publishing expert, author and innovator.

214 Photography Topics You Can Write About

June 6, 2018

By now you’ve visited websites that promise you a shiny object the second you arrive: “Download our free guide to XYZ.” The only cost to you will be coughing up an email address so they can hit you up for more expensive sparkling objects down the line. We are not doing that. At least not yet, lol.

What do I write about next?

Since launching Photo Ten Five on March 20 of this year, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many articles there are each day to select as features. Chris MacAskill, co-founder of Cake told me, “I can’t imagine how you come up with all those links, but a few of them draw me in every time I go there.” That is exactly what we are trying to do.

I’ve also noticed that certain topics tend to make the rounds during a two-to-three day period and I have a few inclinations of who is starting the trends. Why not let Photo Ten Five do all the heavy lifting for you? Naturally, many topics are guided by the seasons or milestones. Some photo writers pick up on another’s opinion and flip it. Coming up with topics is probably easy enough, but trying to generate new stories with original viewpoints is much harder.

“Coming up with topics is probably easy enough, but trying to generate new stories with original viewpoints is much harder.”

JAIN LEMOS

BY THE NUMBERS —

There is a lot of fluff published online and we are probably all guilty of posting something in a rush that reads rather lame a few weeks on. A week or so ago I was complaining in a comment after Beate Chelette’s article on bad LinkedIn marketing. I said that posts using headlines with numbers (i.e., 5 Horrible Ways to Sell Art or 10 Really Awesome Tips for Street Shooting) drive me crazy. And here I am with a number in this headline.

Searching around in a bunch of repositories, I found a way to mash up all the topics into a mega list and ended up with 214 topics as a jumping off point. If you are writing about photography, this should be helpful as a guidepost. A few on the list are sort of confusing to me. What do you think “Big Photography” is about?

You can download a PDF of the list here. The only requirement (ah, there’s always a catch) is to send us a link to your next story if you would like us to mention it!

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