Photography leads to a gateway of endless possibilities. It’s one of the most dynamic hobbies you could have and takes a lifetime to master. Learning new photography techniques enables you to discover new ways of expressing your creativity through new means. Get ready to discover some new techniques that you may not have known your camera was capable of. Here are our top creative photography techniques: tips for photographers.
This technique is very hard to do, but when it’s done right the results are often amazing. Trying to find a decent reflective surface like glass or mirrors is hard enough but the tricky part is how to compose the shot.
To start off with, try thinking outside the box when composing your shot. Taking your pictures upside down or from a low angle can help produce amazing photos when combined with reflections.
If it’s a rainy day then you’re in luck as puddles are your best friend since they reflect everything around you. It’s a great way to create a moody kind of image too with the right composition.
The technique of shooting through objects is to bring instantaneous attention to the subject in the background, while blurring what’s in the foreground, i.e. the object you’re shooting through. Using a transparent object like glass or a chandelier can create interesting effects, such as reflections and flares, whilst shooting through solid objects like trees or fences creates a new and interesting perspective.
This is a simple yet effective technique that only requires a zoom lens. Be sure to change the settings of your camera for long exposure. To do this, change the ISO to the lowest value and set the shutter speed between 1-5 seconds.
During the time when the shutter is open when shooting, try zooming in or out to create a dynamic motion blur effect. If done correctly, everything but the subject in focus will be blurred. This will create a classic action shot that’ll stand the test of time.
A low-angle shot is when the photographer shoots from below their line of sight whilst pointing the camera upwards. This creates a false sense of scale, making things look bigger than they actually are. This is often used to create hero shots so that the person in the frame looks strong and mighty. This can also work with objects to create a unique look. For example, shooting up towards a boot, making the viewer feel like the size of an ant. All you have to do is put your camera on the ground and prop up the front of the camera with an object so that it aims upwards.
With today’s technology, it has never been easier to capture aerial shots. Gone are the days where you have to rent a helicopter. With drones being so accessible, anyone can rig a camera to it and shoot from the stars. This is perfect for grabbing long-distance landscape shots from a bird’s-eye view. It’s simple and a lot of fun too!
This type of technique is an offence to all the lens manufacturers out there. But saying that, this technique does provide some stellar photos.
The idea of this is to detach the lens from your camera and hold it right up against the camera. This creates a neat effect where you focus on a subject as everything around it is blurred, creating a tilt-shift effect.
You can also purchase lenses specifically used for tilt-shifting, as detaching the lens from the camera can introduce dust to the camera sensor, which can cause your images to look dirty and out of focus.
This is a cool technique for all you painters out there. The process of this is to take a long-exposure photo whilst using a light source, such as a glow stick or torch, to draw an image. This works because during the long-exposure shot, the camera is taking longer to produce an image. This gives you time to wave around a glow stick in a dark environment to create light streaks, also known as light paintings.
To do this, you must find a suitable dark environment and set your camera to the lowest ISO value and a slow shutter speed of 30 seconds. Make sure the camera is attached to a tripod to avoid wobbling. Once your camera is set, then slowly draw something within the frame of your shot with a suitable light source. With enough practice, you’ll be painting like Bob Ross in no time!
This technique is similar to the zoom burst technique. This requires you to set the ISO to its lowest value and select a slow shutter speed of about 1-2 seconds. However, instead of zooming, you will be panning. To do this, you will have to focus on a moving subject whilst taking the shot.
A great subject for this technique is a moving vehicle. Head down to a busy road and find a vehicle of interest. What you will need to do is take the shot and continue following that vehicle till the shutter closes. It’s important to match that vehicle’s speed when panning. Doing this will create a cinematic motion blur that makes your photo look like it’s from a blockbuster movie.
This technique allows you to get up close and personal to your subjects and see small details that may be invisible to the naked eye. This is great for getting highly detailed images of small insects and flowers. It’s also great for getting texture images as well such as flower veins, skin pores, clothing threads and more. All you need is a camera and a macro lens. A macro lens is specifically used for extreme close-up photography. If you don’t have a camera, some smartphones do have macro lenses too. While not as effective as traditional macro lenses, it’s still a great alternative.
This is a technique where multiple images are stitched together to create a wide-angle image. This is great for taking wide landscape photos that aren’t possible through traditional means. In some cases, you can even create a 360-degree panorama which adds the entire scene into one image.
Most cameras and smartphones have a panorama mode built-in which means you don’t have to manually take individual pictures yourself. For the best result, we recommend using a tripod with a panoramic head that allows you to turn the camera. Once all set, select a starting point and start panning your camera. Your device will let you know when you’ve reached the endpoint. Once completed, your camera will automatically stitch your photos into one image.
If you don’t have a device with a built-in panorama mode, you will have to manually take each photo individually and stitch them together using software like Photoshop.
These are just some of the techniques that you can use to improve your photographs. There are many more techniques out there to discover.
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