Do you sometimes struggle to come up with creative photography ideas, and start to find photography a little bit boring?
You’re not alone. It’s often all too easy to forget what fun photography can be until you start look at the works of others for inspiration. Take these 17 creative photography tutorials for example, they all provide you with a different insight into how to create more interesting photos, for fun.
During the winter months, I used to find that I simply didn’t have time to take photos for fun during the day time anymore, which invariable left me turning to shooting outdoors at night. I didn’t really know what I was doing at first, but I soon learned, and started to love night photography.
You can learn all about night photography in this fantastic ebook: Seeing The Unseen – Landscapes at Night – $15
Wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer invented this really cool technique while on his honeymoon which is dubbed “The Brenizer Method”. For those who may or may not have heard of it and are not sure of what this technique is exactly, it’s essentially using a telephoto lens to create a very shallow depth of field as if shot with a wider angle lens. This technique makes a dSLR image look like it was shot by medium format.
Freezing fast motion (AKA High Speed Photography), can give some pretty special photographic effects. High Speed Photography is used in physics, health research, sports and more. This guide describes how to capture super fast movements using ordinary camera gear and a little home made electronics.
Smoke photography can be used to create some awesome looking effects, using flashes, torches, natural light and more, all in a very small space. Once you’re done, you can edit the smoke to appear in a different colour, and merge two photos together to make it appear as if the smoke has come from somewhere it’s not.
Close-up photography is great for really bringing out the detail of your subject. In this macro photography tutorial, they tell you how to get the best results when shooting macro outside.
This tutorial will attempt to demonstrate how to make a realistic HDR, one that is virtually indistinguishable from a single exposure. The biggest goal is producing a tutorial that can stand as a standard by which anyone can learn to create a balanced HDR. Ultimately, the processing choices are yours. These are the building blocks.
Also in ebook form: HDR Photography Essentials Pack – $29.
Panoramas can produce some awe inspiring photos, providing the viewer with a much wider viewing angle than they would typically see, either from a photo, or their eyes. You can create small panoramas, merging just three photos, or go the full 360, and produce miniature globes like in this post here.
Learn how to take photos of The Milky Way from Jim Harmer over on Improve Photography. This is something I’ve always wanted to try, but living in the UK (which is much densely populated than the US), it’s hard to find a night sky which isn’t ruined by light polution.
Slow sync flash is when you fire your flash either at the beginning or end of an exposure that’s slower than normal, for example 1/8 of a second. Anyone with experience behind a camera knows that it’s very hard to hold the camera steady enough for a sharp exposure at this sort of speed, and that’s where the flash comes in. By firing the flash, you freeze the motion and collect light trails in the remaining time, creating this rather cool effect, like in the photos below.
Infrared, or “IR” photography, offers photographers of all abilities and budgets the opportunity to explore a new world – the world of the unseen. Why “unseen”? Because our eyes literally cannot see IR light, as it lies just beyond what is classified as the “visible” spectrum – that which human eyesight can detect. When we take photographs using infrared-equipped film or cameras, we are exposed to the world that can often look very different from that we are accustomed to seeing. Colors, textures, leaves and plants, human skin, and all other manner of objects can reflect IR light in unique and interesting ways, ones that cannot be mimicked with tools such as Photoshop.
This is also covered in the Trick Photography & Special Effects Ebook – $47.
A true tilt-shift photo is done using a tilt-shift lens, and they’re typically used for architecture photography, to fix the perspective of buildings when you look up. Recently though, the effect has been used in photoshop to create ‘model village’ style photos, making the whole scene look miniature.
The process of turning a black and white photo into color can be tricky, depending on the photo you’re working with. Adding color is simple. The tricky bit is the selection process. Without any color, objects have a tendency to blend with each other. This tutorial is meant to demonstrate the process of adding color to a black and white photo.
Black and white is nothing new when it comes to art, it’s been going on since the beginning of time and art photography is similar in that it started out as black and white due to technical limitations, way before the dawn of colour film. Even though the majority of photography in done automatically on digital cameras, black and white photography still lives on today.
Neutral density (ND) filters reduce the amount of light entering the camera, enabling a longer exposure time than otherwise possible. This can emphasize motion, or make an otherwise tumultuous scene appear surreal and quiescent. Alternatively, an ND filter also enables larger apertures, which can produce a shallower depth of field, or achieve a sharper photo. Either way, this is a useful and often under-appreciated filter that deserves a deeper look.
The Droste effect is an image effect named after a Dutch cocoa company called Droste. In 1904 it produced packaging for its cocoa product showing a woman carrying a tray with a box of cocoa and a cup on it. A small version of the package appeared on the cocoa box on the tray and so on – each version of the image being successively smaller than the last.
This can also be found here: Trick Photography & Special Effects Ebook – $47.
In short, it’s a fun, easy way of getting some really cool photos. You don’t need to spend hours looking for a cool location, light painting can be done just about anywhere, so just follow my step by step, insightful, thought process about taking great light painting photos and you’ll be well on your way.
Again, this is a chapter in: Trick Photography & Special Effects Ebook – $47.
To make a long story short: The “Polar Panorama Effect” is one of my favorite ways to process photos into unique pieces of art. It takes a panoramic (or landscape) photo and uses the Polar Coordinates filter of Photoshop CS or The Gimp to create a circular image that seems to wrap the panorama around a planet.
Guess what? You can also find it here: Trick Photography & Special Effects Ebook – $47.