As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we’ll be publishing some fun photo ideas to inspire your imagination.
Below are 9 top photo ideas to try in July, which range from found fine art, ‘planetsheres’ and factories, to shooting fashion portraits with natural backdrops.
We’ve provide some amazing images and quick photography tips by photographers who are experts in these fields.
And be sure to come back at the end of the month and share what you’ve done on our Facebook wall
9 creative photo ideas to try in July
1. Photograph a bird of prey
There are few wildlife shots as impressive as close-ups of wild birds of prey in flight. However, photographing them can be challenging, and requires skill, patience and practice (check out our great tips for capturing pictures of birds in flight).
Wildlife and landscape pro Matthew Maran says the key to getting eagle shots as good as the one pictured here is perseverance. He spent hours trying to get this quintessential flying shot, going through thousands of frames and missing many opportunities.
“The light just wasn’t right,” says Matthew. “The eagle flew away in the opposite direction; the eagle didn’t fly at all… But revisiting the location on another day and going through the same process improved my anticipation, and I began to learn the behaviour and look for signals of movement before the eagles launched.
“A quick reaction time is absolutely essential for shots like this,” Matthew adds, “and having a camera that shoots at five frames per second or more gives you a much greater choice of images when it comes to making the final edit.”
If you’re new to bird photography, the best place to start is at a local birds of prey centre. Here you can be fairly certain of getting a good shot, because the animals’ movements and trajectories can be predicted (download our free bird photography cheat sheet).
When you’re ready to venture into the wild, Matthew recommends not straying too far into the wilderness.
“Getting close to birds is tricky, so eagles that are habituated to human activity are a far easier subject to shoot. This is very important for big impact images and capturing behaviour – something I always look for when photographing wildlife.”
Fancy trying your hand at shooting birds in flight? Follow our top tips…
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- Attach a telephoto lens and set your camera to Shutter Priority mode, focus tracking and continuous shooting. You’ll need a shutter speed of at least 1/500 sec to freeze fast motion.
- While you’re waiting for your subject to take off or fly into the desired location, take a test shot of the anticipated background. If it’s mostly sunlit foliage, a correct exposure will have a histogram that peaks at the middle. If the background is in shade, the histogram should peak to the left of the middle (find out how to read a histogram). If the background is sky, the histogram should peak around the middle or to the right-hand side, depending on how bright the sky is.