The world is a huge and amazing place with loads of incredible things to photograph. Unfortunately, the truth is that most of us will never get to see a lot of it, so sometimes it pays to set more reasonable photographic targets. With that in mind, your own backyard is as good a place as any to start, and you don't need to have expensive specialist equipment. You might be surprised what you find there and the photographs you get.
Whether your garden consist of acres of sprawling lawns and immaculate flowerbeds, a small stony yard where you keep your wheelie-bin, or something in-between, there will be wildlife to be found and photographed if you just look in the right places. Larger animals such as birds and hedgehogs will require a garden with a bit more space and some incentive to visit it, such as birdfeeders or suitable habitat. There are ways to encourage these creatures into your outdoor space - see our "Attracting wildlife to your garden" blog post. But smaller creatures, or as my children call them, "Mini Beasts" can be found in almost any outdoor area.
Most gardens have some plant-life of some kind. Whether it's an entire flowerbed dedicated to beautiful blooms, a weed infested back yard or even a well-kept window-box, chances are you'll have some in yours. Plant photos don't need to always be about gorgeous petals or close-ups of flower-heads. There are plenty of other photos to be had with plants. Try looking for textures, patterns, colour variations and interesting structures - there's a lot to be found.
Even in the highly unlikely event that your backyard is completely devoid of any animal or plant life whatsoever, you should still be able to get some interesting shots form the inanimate objects found lying around or hanging about. Again, textures, structure and patterns are the things to look for, and if you look hard enough you're bound to find something somewhere.
Go out and have a look
Hopefully we've proved here that no matter the size, shape, location and type of garden/backyard you have, if you just look hard enough, you can be sure to find photo opportunities right outside your back door. All you need to do is step through it.