The following are 6 creative photography techniques that must be learned! Not only can they take your photography skills one step further but they Let’s learn together now!
(1) Learn to Shoot Small Models
To shoot a small effect model, we can use two methods: First, the use of a professional shift lens (Tilt-shift Lens), the second is the use of the Photoshop software system. The shift lens can move some components so that one part of the photo is completely within the depth of field, while the other parts have a blurred shallow depth of field; the shift lens can correct the distortion of the wide-angle lens and is powerful! However, the shift lens has a fatal weakness for us, which is expensive! A wide-angle shift lens will cost over $1,500, so there are not many opportunities for normal consumers to use it.
Therefore, the second method of shooting a small model effect is more used! With post-production software such as Photoshop, we can easily turn a scene shot from a high place into a small model. For detailed teaching methods, please refer to this article: Easily make interesting “small model” photos.
(2) Learn to take “Illusion Photos”
At first glance, it may feel very natural to see the “Forced Perspective”, but in fact, it was carefully corrected and tried when shooting! To take such a photo is not too complicated, as long as you carefully overlap the people and foreground (or background) when framing, creating a visual illusion. When setting the camera, you can use a smaller aperture to keep the foreground and background within the depth of field as much as possible, but you also need to be careful of the “safe shutter” to prevent the photos from blurring, and if necessary, remember to raise the ISO. The wide-angle lens can make the sense of space stronger, which is very suitable for the situation where the side closer to the camera is larger than the background, and the telephoto lens can compress the distance between the background and the foreground so the front and back scenes are more realistic.
(3) Learn to Use a Long Exposure
Long exposure photos are already common in modern photography! Usually, a photo is exposed for 30 seconds, which can take several minutes. This can make moving objects (such as clouds, flowing water) become psychedelic blurs, or even disappear. It is often used in places where the coast is crowded.
It is easy to open the shutter for long exposure at night, but using a slow shutter during the daytime will overexpose the photos. At this time, we need to put on the “ND filter”! ND dimmers range from 3 to 10 levels of light reduction. The darker the dimmer, the more light it dims. After you put it on, you can’t even see things on the camera to frame it!
In addition to the ND filter, you need a stable tripod when taking long-exposure photos, and it is best to use a shutter cable to ensure that the camera will not shake and blur the photos. Sometimes you also need to cover the optical viewfinder to prevent light from entering from the back during a long exposure, which will affect the imaging.
In addition to taking color long exposure photos, turning your work into black and white can also add an artistic feel!
(4) Learn to Take Infrared Photos (and Post-Production Techniques)
Infrared photos can add a fantasy color to ordinary landscape photos as if entering another world. To take infrared photos, you can convert your old camera to take infrared photos, which will work best. If you don’t have a backup camera or don’t want to spend money on retrofitting, consider putting on an “infrared filter”, which only allows one band of infrared light to enter the camera, and then make post-production in Photoshop. Time to shoot, and need to use a tripod to assist.
For post-production methods of infrared photos, you can refer to this tutorial: How to deal with IR 720NM semi-infrared landscape photos
(5) Learn Double Exposure Techniques
Double exposure is not a new technique, because photographers were already using it in the 19th century! In the beginning, you should take a good double exposure photo. You can try to overlap the portrait with clear texture background. Wait until you are skilled and try again.
In the past, you needed to use a negative camera to take a double exposure photo, but now many digital cameras and even mobile phones have a built-in double exposure function, so you can use the camera or mobile phone to create a double exposure photo directly during shooting, instead of behind the computer System, very convenient!
You can refer to this teaching about double exposure shooting method: Film Charm: Super Interesting Double Exposure
(6) Learn to Make “Polar Panorama” Photos
To make a 360-degree panoramic asteroid, you first need to take a normal panoramic photo. Remember to use the manual mode. Each photo must also maintain a 20-30% overlap position. Then under Photoshop> File> Automate> Photomerge Make panoramas. After completion of the normal panorama can press this article teaches a method to easily create 360-degree asteroid effects!
Photography skills are endless. As long as you keep learning and trying, you can discover more interesting shooting effects!
Author: Alex Tam