As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination. Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by photographers who are experts in these fields.
To kick off 2013, we have some excellent new photo ideas for January that will have you playing with light, perspective – even your food!
On each page you’ll find a stunning image and an explanation from the photographer on how it was made.
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We’d love to see how you get on.
01 Shoot frozen water
As ice forms, cracks and refreezes on the surface of water, it can make for fantastic photographic studies of patterns and textures. You don’t have to travel far, or work with large expanses of ice either – this is something that can be done close to home, as nature and landscape photographer Mark Hamblin points out.
“I found these interesting ice patterns in a small puddle, and took this shot [shown above] with a Tamron 90mm macro lens,” he reveals. “This allowed me to achieve the close focus required to fill the whole frame.”
Of course, you don’t need a dedicated macro lens to get similar shots. Most standard lenses focus close enough to capture interesting shots, and you can always crop the image for a tighter composition later.
Whatever lens you choose, Mark says the principle remains the same: “Close-up shots require attention to detail in terms of focusing and photo composition in particular.
“I always use a tripod and make sure the back of the camera is parallel with the subject for maximum sharpness across the picture. It’s also very important to tweak the composition to eliminate any distractions around the edge of the frame.”
Get started today…
* Use your camera’s on-screen level to ensure it’s parallel to the surface of the ice.
* Use small apertures to maximise depth of field, but avoid the smallest aperture on the lens, because this can lead to softer pictures.
* Try using your camera’s Tungsten white balance preset to give the shot a blue hue.
* If you’re heading further afield to find frozen water, never travel alone.
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PAGE 2: Shoot outdoor portraits with flash
PAGE 3: Shoot still life photography with food from your fridge
PAGE 4: Shoot migrating swans
PAGE 5: Shoot frost-covered flowers
PAGE 6: Shoot seasonal bokeh
PAGE 7: Shoot woodland abstracts
PAGE 8: Shoot futuristic city photography
PAGE 9: Shoot light sculptures