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 both amateur and professional photographers who are experts in these fields.
On each page you’ll find a stunning image and an explanation from the photographer on how it was made.
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01 Shoot abstracts using colourful ink
Here’s an indoor project that’s guaranteed to brighten up a bleak winter weekend. You don’t need a lot of kit either: a close-focusing or macro lens plus a tripod – and some colourful dye, obviously.
“I usually create this type of image by dropping some basic food colouring into a glass of water,” photographer Andreas Stridsberg reveals.
“Because the ink doesn’t sink rapidly, it shouldn’t be too hard to freeze the action using daylight or some constant lights. However, for these pictures I used a Sigma EF 500 DG flashgun, which was manually set to 1/32 or 1/64.
“In terms of the exposure settings, you need to ensure you get a balance between a shutter speed that’s fast enough to freeze the movement of the ink and a small aperture that gives enough depth of field to keep everything sharp.
“For these images I used Manual mode with settings that varied from 1/160 to 1/200 sec at f/14 to f/20.
“You’ll get different results depending on where your light source is placed, but I find that I get the best pictures by placing it directly at the side or slightly behind the container of water.
“As well as using different coloured ink and backgrounds, using gels for your lights or simply bouncing the light off some sheets of coloured paper is also a great way to get different looks.”
Get started today…
* Check the glass to make sure the light isn’t being reflected in it.
* Before you add the ink, place a pencil in frame and focus on it, then switch to manual focus to lock the setting in.
* Experiment with a range of lights, gels, liquids and white balance settings – you’ll get different results every time, so all your photographs will be unique.
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PAGE 2: Shoot a winter infrared
PAGE 3: Shoot a storm
PAGE 4: Shoot in dreary weather
PAGE 5: Shoot snowdrops
PAGE 6: Shoot all four seasons
PAGE 7: Shoot a photo A-Z
PAGE 8: Shoot winter monochrome
PAGE 9: Shoot portraits without faces
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