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.
This month our list covers fun projects like using bargain lenses, experimenting with ‘wrong’ white balance settings, going underground and playing with 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 a single colour
As the weather begins to change for the better, take this opportunity to set yourself a single-colour challenge.
For instance, looking for ways to isolate red subjects in the urban environment is a great way to develop your creative eye, and the perfect ‘pressure free’ photography project.
Neutral and cool colours, such as greys, blues and greens recede in pictures, while hot colours like red and yellow are said to be ‘advancing’ colours.
This means that your eyes are naturally drawn towards red areas when you look at a photograph, even if they occupy only a small part of the frame.
This property can be enhanced by careful composition. Use the rule of thirds to place a single red object at a point where the lines of a 3×3 grid cross, and you will have a ready-made high-impact shot.
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* Use a standard zoom to give you a range of framing options when shooting on the street.
* Check your camera’s RGB histogram to make sure detail in the red channel isn’t being clipped on the right-hand side of the graph. If it is, reduce the exposure or choose a cooler white balance setting.
* Selectively boost the reds in a scene using Photoshop’s Hue/Saturation controls.
PAGE 1: Shoot a single colour
PAGE 2: Shoot light trails
PAGE 3: Shoot with a bargain f/1.8 lens
PAGE 4: Shoot the moon
PAGE 5: Shoot with the wrong white balance
PAGE 6: Shoot close-ups of bubbles
PAGE 7: Shoot the Venice Carnival
PAGE 8: Shoot the urban underground
PAGE 9: Shoot inspiring architecture
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