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 shooting forced perspective photography, ‘uninspiring’ locations, double-exposure portraits and using muted colour palettes, among many other fun and creative photography projects.
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 a multiple exposure portrait
Using a multiple exposure technique is a great way to add a creative twist to your head shots. Although it’s straightforward enough to combine pictures of people and natural features such as trees, waves and cracked earth in Photoshop, it can be more rewarding – and more of a challenge – to do it in camera.
“I usually go with the portrait first,” says Finnish fine-art photographer Christoffer Relander, “and I always choose a place where I can easily shoot both the texture image and the portrait itself.”
Christoffer shot these images using a Nikon D700, waiting for the appropriate light and weather each time. “I prefer working on cloudy days, but misty conditions look great as well. Then I use the clouds or the mist as background – the brighter the background the easier it gets.
“Place your model in an area in shadow, and make sure you frame them against the bright background in order to create a silhouette. If you want to make the image more surreal, then overexpose the background to the textured image as well.
“Shoot with manual settings and start by metering the possible different settings for these multiple exposures – don’t hesitate and expect they’ll require the same settings.”
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* These images are made by exposing the same frame twice or more.
* You’ll need to use a camera with a multiple exposure mode to be able to do this technique in-camera, otherwise you could try combing the shots in Photoshop.
* Choose textures and patterns that match the personality of your model.
PAGE 1: Shoot a multiple exposure portrait
PAGE 2: Shoot a county show
PAGE 3: Shoot a wider street view
PAGE 4: Shoot creative flower portraits
PAGE 5: Shoot a forced perspective effect
PAGE 6: Shoot ‘uninspiring’ subjects
PAGE 7: Shoot sparkling dew
PAGE 8: Shoot a muted colour palette
PAGE 9: Shoot creative wide-angle views
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