9 creative photo ideas to try in December

9 creative photo ideas to try in December

03 Shoot a studio portrait


9 creative photo ideas to try in December: shoot a studio portrait

To light this striking portrait shot, photographer Dave Kai-Piper used only a Nikon SB900 Speedlight flashgun modified with an Orbis Ringflash adapter. The ringflash was attached onto the flash to help produce an even, soft light and pick up detail.

“Randomly, this image was taken in a kitchen in Munich,” Dave reveals. “The shoot came about during a discussion about how simply you can take a fashion portrait.”

Dave tethered his camera so that the images appeared instantly in Photoshop Lightroom on his computer. “I had a slight tone and vignette added as a preset,” he says.

“However, I also decided to further enhance the gentle vignette in Photoshop in order to improve the overall effect.” 

Get started today…
* Pose your model at a profile angle and light the face using natural or flash light.
* Shoot in Manual mode and set the shutter speed to 1/200 sec. Tweak the aperture and intensity of 
the flash to balance the exposure.
* Make sure the background of your shot is clean.
* To add a vignette to your shot in Photoshop, go to Filter>Lens Correction and adjust the Vignette settings in the pop-up menu that appears.

PAGE 1: Shoot a bokeh effect
PAGE 2: Shoot the city drenched in rain
PAGE 3: Shoot a studio portrait
PAGE 4: Shoot an abstract image – then rotate it!
PAGE 5: Shoot liquid still life photography
PAGE 6: Shoot a surreal portrait
PAGE 7: Shoot woodland wildlife
PAGE 8: Shoot – and stitch – a panorama
PAGE 9: Shoot with the Rule of Thirds


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