Photography ideas are like weekends: few and far between.
Sometimes, you just run out of creative juice. But, when creativity is literally your job, you can’t afford to run out of it.
Whenever I run into a photography rut, I try to make myself as uncomfortable as possible by trying new photography techniques I’ve never tried before.
Here are some of my favorites.
Before you dive into the tutorial, check out the video above. In it, I test canvas prints from a variety of printers to see who delivers the highest-quality product. This detailed test will reveal who the best canvas printing company of 2020 really is!
Try Macro Photography
Macro photography is typically far outside many photographers’ comfort zone.
But, macro photography enables you to see the entire world from a new perspective, albeit a forced perspective.
However, I find forcing myself to look at things in a new light oftentimes translates into me being able to put on my artist’s eye whenever I need it.
Macro photography also has other benefits, like teaching you more about highlighting interesting elements in a scene rather than the entirety of the scene.
In a field of flowers, focus on a single flower as your subject. Even better, focus on a single petal, the pistil, or the stamen.
When you begin to look at the world for its fine details, you begin to see the incredible possibilities for creating images.
Try Long Exposures
If you’re a beginner photographer, long exposures might seem like they should be above your ability level. But, trust me…they aren’t.
Long exposure photography is all about using the shutter speed to show indicated movement – the blurring of lights from passing cars, as shown above, the blurred movement of clouds as they streak across the sky, or creating a beautifully blurred photo of a waterfall as the water cascades downward.
In this detailed tutorial, you can learn precisely how to create long exposure images. It includes a review of the gear you need, offers instruction on how to calculate shutter speed, and even gives you some long exposure photography ideas.
It really just boils down to extending the shutter speed, having your camera on a tripod, using a remote to trigger the shutter, and having a filter in front of your lens.
The filter is an essential component of this because without something to block some of the light entering the lens, the image will be way too bright, or overexposed.
I like to use Kenko’s PL Fader because it gives me precise control over how much light enters the lens. That’s because it’s an adjustable filter, all the way up to 9-stops. This means you can greatly extend the shutter speed to blur movement in the scene without overexposing the shot, even on a bright, sunny day.
You can even use the PL Fader to control exposure when shooting video, so once you’re done experimenting with long exposures, you can try your hand at making awesome videos!
Print Your Photos
Now that you’ve had so many brilliant photography ideas, you need to get them down on paper… literally. Print your photos!
It’s scientifically proven that seeing your work in a new medium allows you to see parts of it you would’ve never seen before. It’s like when you write a memo, proofread it three times and then immediately catch a grammar mistake the moment you send it to your whole department.
The reason why you caught it too late is because your eyes were trained to miss the error in your Word document. But, the minute you sent the memo out in an email, the font and size changed and you were seeing it in a new light.
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So, give a new kind of photography a try, challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone, and get your photos printed.
I think you’ll find that if you follow this formula, you’ll be able to tap into your creativity better than ever before!