IDEAS OF HOW TO BE MORE CREATIVE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

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Have you ever been on social media, or magazine, and noticed the amazing creative photos that are on display? And then thought that you would like to explore doing that kind of photography? Or is that all done on photoshop and you don’t want to really change the photo that much, want to keep it more “pure”?

Let’s go over some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. There is a lot of different ideas presented here, but, you can definitely pick which ones you would like to try to make your photography more fun and exciting.

TRY SOME NEW TECHNIQUES:

  • TRY PAINTING WITH LIGHT! This is not something I have discussed or done a blog on this, but, is a real fun thing to try. It involves you using a flash off your camera and lighting the subject from a distance from your camera.
Taking fire and capturing it in slow motion, is a fun way to do light painting.
One of the more recent and popular post of light painting, but doing a night-time photo of The famous arch at Arches National park, and stand underneath the arch and using your flash, you do several shots of flash all over the inside of the arch. That person underneath is actually the person doing the flashing.

INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

  • If you started to learn more about photography from many sources, (although this one is loaded with ideas) you will undoubtedly learn more, and find some creative things you haven’t tried yet.

USE NEW EQUIPMENT:

  • One of the fun things about photography is getting new equipment. Once you get some new equipment you can try different things with your photography. I remember the time I bought a new 100-300mm lens. I was anxious to try out this lens for some new photography I couldn’t do before. Here is one as an example:
Bird photography is not only new for me, but, now I can do it because I have this big lens.

EXPLORE A NEW LOCATION

If you take the same old pictures around your town, take some time, plan a place that you might think will be interesting. I am not a boat person, and I decided to take a trip to the beautiful “Bear Lake” for some photo opportunities, and found this photo:

Winter time was approaching and all the boats were pulled out of the harbor, and put up in the close parking lot for safety from the waves and ice in the water from winter storms.

REVISIT PLACES:

  • Some places you have been to take pictures before, think of a different time to go back, and try some new pictures there. Maybe even try a different time of day, or go when it might be cloudy or stormy.
One of my usual trips on the way to Logan, Utah. With this trip, you have to go over a mountain range, and I haven’t really done much autumn photography before. I found this area to photograph, because in the winter, there is no cattle because a lake forms every winter. So, this photo is quite different, because there is cattle roaming, and I captured the fall colors in the background as well.

JOIN A PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OR PHOTO GROUP ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

  • Joining a photography club can be fun, because you mingle with photographers who are all learning to take amazing pictures as well, and you kind of force yourself to enter in the monthly competitions.
  • Joining a Facebook Group, you can share your photos with other photographers, and see the work of other great photographers. Funny, I have started a photo group on Facebook. Here are the details:

GET FEEDBACK ON THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE:

  • There are a few ways to get feedback on your photos. If you post your photos on social media, you may get some feedback from people who don’t really know all about photography, they just like it.
  • But if you post it on a Photography group page, which has photographers on it, you may get better feedback.
  • OR, if you want like a tutor to go over your pictures, I have an email address you can send your photos to. Send your photos to: photos.smartphonesmartphotographer.com
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51 Different subjects on photography – and I am doing them all:

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HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH BOOKS:

On the list of 51 different subjects for photography, this one is an intriguing subject for sure. How to photograph Books?

I have seen only a few photos where books are the main subject, but, as I think about it, there are a few tips on taking photos of books that I think are important:

1- If you are going to take actual photos of a book, or books, make sure you do not use “artificial light” when you take the photo. The reasons are simple:

  • Artificial light creates a false color. Artificial light has a yellow or orange cast to it’s color, thus not giving you a true color of a book or books:
photo of eyeglasses on top of the book
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  • The other reason for taking a photo in daylight instead of artificial light is : If you use artificial light, you will probably get some strange reflection from either the cover or the pages. Use natural light….
  • Which brings up just one more: do not use flash taking photos of books. This looks very amateur, and also has light properties that are harsh.

2- Use different angles to take pictures of books. You could take a picture of the book from above, but it tends to make it look like you were taking a photo of the page itself, copying the page. So, if you can take several different photos of the book or books from an angle, it would be much more pleasing:

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash

3- Once you’ve arranged your books you need to find a background that is simple and not too distracting. White or cream, something soft or light should do it! Although you can use any color in your shot as long as it’s one base color, no rainbow prints, please.

This is because you need to make sure your viewers get the instant ‘ color pop’ from the books and not the background, kind of defeats the point if your eyes are drawn to the background and not the books, doesn’t it?

Photo by Ergita Sela on Unsplash – Background is everything. Give it a plain color or something that offsets the book’s color.

4- Finally, if you get a chance to go to a library to photograph the books there, then when you take a photo of the library shelf of books, I think it looks much better if you shoot again on an angle.

Photo by Henry Be on Unsplash
light inside library
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And finally, there are some creative things to do with books. One of the best photos I have seen with a book in it, is the “Still Photo”:

Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

The above photo is totally artistic. Love this way to photograph books.

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Taking photos of books can be a good test of your creativity. I invite you to try it. If you would like to share your photos, send them by email to: contact.123photogo@gmail.com We would love to share your photos and successes.

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