Everywhere around us is all prop and idea for us to shoot for photography, but we may wonder how we can do it? or we have been shooting the same things repeatedly. It causes our creative mind to squeeze dry, but fret not, below are some tips for you.
- Prism photography
Holding a prism near the lens will reflect a cool effect in the scene, or it can add a rainbow effect at the edge of the image. Many photographers have used this trick to create a beautiful effect on their photo before a photo shoot. The key to this is to play around to see what works the best.
There are a few ways of getting the prism, through an online store or self DIY prism. Below are some pictures of how the prism effect works:
2. Drop The Art
With the virus outbreaks it is getting hard for photography enthusiasts to go out and have fun worrying about not getting COVID rather than getting the perfect capture. In that case, here is what we can do by creating something artistic and fun at home.
You must have heard of “water drop” photography or “splash” photography by Daniel Nimmervoll, a macro photographer from Linz, Austria captured unique shapes of water drops with his high speed camera. His creative projects unveiled an exquisite which is normally invisible to the human eye. Isn’t that amazing?
All you need to create this amazing water drops art is MIOPS “Splash kit” which is a remote-controlled water drop that comes along with its intuitive remote app and attaching it to a tripod. Simple!
Second item will be a macro lens according to the experts you could use 100mm Canon macro lens which could allow us to get really close to the subject and remain focused while filling the frame.
What comes after the second item will be “freeze capable” flashes with 600W of power and wide spread; Rollei HS Freeze 6 heads.
Last but not least, the most important of all; water. Either add some food color in the top tube or just to the water in the container. Timing needs to be right to get the perfect capture.
3. See The World Through A Glass Ball
Glass ball or crystal ball, you name it. It’s getting more and more popular among Instagrammers. Glass balls, landscapes or cityscapes will capture the whole scenery in a ball so don’t worry about missing an object which will give your shot a different perspective of the world. The ball could be heavy to travel around with them but they are available in different sizes.
My advice: A wide lens will give you a lot more actual scene in the background but might need to shoot close to the ball. Do not leave your glass ball in direct sunlight on a wood or dried leaves. It could start a flame in just 7 seconds ( do not try this at home).
4. Still Life Photography
It’s not getting easier finding models these days so why don’t we pick some interesting objects within our residence and capture some magnificent compositions !?
- Pick some subjects that would speak through the images
Let’s think outside the box and be ambitious. Attempt to avoid reflective surface objects that are difficult to avoid when it comes to lightning. Pick up some subjects that are high in contrast, color and different shape.
If you think natural light won’t do the trick, you can rent from us Jrc.sg we got lots. But you could also use table light and utilize it effectively. Depending on shots your lighting can come from the front of the subject or side and back. Shadows can also make the shots a lot more interesting.
- Break the rules
What is thinking outside the box without breaking one? Your ideas and inspiration is more important to be seen than to be contained inside the rules box. Don’t think about the rules or be afraid to attempt shooting in harsh sunlight. Think about a message you wish to convey in your photo then bring the message to life. Who knows, you might even create some extraordinary images.
5. DIY Bokeh lens photography
This is a relatively more interesting idea, even though it takes time to create the effect, but the outcome of it will be cool. The trick required a piece of paper and tape that can secure on your lens. On the paper, it is cut with the shape that you like before securing it. Fast aperture is best at least f/2.8 and move close to your object and shoot lenses wide open. Long focal length creates more extreme bokeh.
In this Bokeh photography, it is important that you are in a low light environment or you may need to adjust your ISO, to see the effect of it. you can see the effect below:
6. Water reflection photography
This effect is most used in photography as it requires a puddle of water. You can either self-create the puddle of water or find a natural puddle. Lower your eye level and look for reflection so that you can create the photography type you want. Focus your camera properly and you get your creative shot. Below is picture reference:
7. Perspective photography
This is when you are playing with the composition, making an illusion of the photography. If you want something to look bigger than it is, put it in the foreground. To make it smaller, put it in the background.
Then find the sweet spot where your partner appears to interact with your prop. Feel free to zoom in and out or move the camera if necessary.
8. Double exposure photography
This is a relatively interesting photography that combines two exposure shots to a single image. It produces a ghost image and mirror images that uniquely tell a story. This can be achieved with a DSLR by enabling multiple exposures in the shooting menu and manually capture the photo. But not all camera can do this effect only “Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 70D, several higher-end Nikon DSLRs including Nikon D800 and Nikon D300, Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji X100s, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and some Pentax cameras, like the K10D, are among the many models that have multiple exposure capabilities.” But we can still do this effect in photoshop.
9. Light Painting Photography
This is a cool and simple way of doing. Having a long exposure and a light source to paint it in the frame and that’s all. Your camera needs to set to manual mode so that you can adjust your shutter speed to over 30 seconds. This means the camera will expose for as long as you hold down the shutter.
Your shutter speed will depend on how long you need to complete your painting. The recommended setting will be ISO 100 and shutter speed of 10-30 second but it depends on your surroundings and how long you want it to be. This photo needs to have a tripod, to reduce shakiness to the photo.
10. Mirror photography
Another simplest yet interesting effect you can play with. Just need to have a mirror and a creative composition for your prop. There’s a lot of ways you can do it with, just reflect the object or props you want it to be. Below is some example of the effect.
11. LED String lights photography
This is an interesting bokeh that you can make. Just need a led light to produce a wonderful picture. LED will be your foreground and the prop will be your background, and the effect for both combines will be stunning to many. This is one of commonly used for the photographer. How to do it?
The closer the light string is to the lens, the bigger the bokeh, the further the light string from the lens, the smaller the bokeh.