9 creative photo ideas to try in August

Creative Photo Ideas for August: 02 Shoot a day in the life of your pet

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 following your pet, shooting from the hip and getting abstract with reflections, 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.

If you attempt any of these photo ideas, don’t forget to share them on our Facebook wall!

Creative Photo Ideas for August: 01 Shoot low-flying aircraft

Creative Photo Ideas for August: 01 Shoot low-flying aircraft

Jet photography enthusiast Stevie Beats can regularly be seen at prime low-flying spots such as the ‘Mach Loop’, a ribbon of Welsh valleys between Dolgellau and Machynlleth.

So how does he prepare?

“Since military fast jets travel at about 400-450 knots, camera settings become increasingly important.

“The advanced focusing systems on modern DSLRs has enabled solid, sharp shots, and continuous autofocus is a must for tracking fast-moving targets. Reducing the number of active focus points helps increase autofocus performance, too.

Fast shutter speeds in the region of 1/800-1/1600 sec work well, but good action shots can be captured in-camera by using much slower speeds to blur the background and keep the subject sharp. Try something in the range of 1/125-1/500 sec.”

Get started today…
* Download the MoD’s training timetable.
* Be prepared for a steep walk to get to the best shooting spots.
* Be patient: “Long, quiet days on the hills can take quite a toll and bags of perseverance are required,” says Stevie.
* For cockpit-level shots, you’ll need a long lens – consider hiring a 500mm or 600mm telephoto.
* Use wide apertures and high ISOs for action-stopping shutter speeds.

Creative Photo Ideas for August: 01 Shoot low-flying aircraft
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 02 Shoot a day in the life of your pet
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 03 Shoot a dramatic portrait
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 04 Shoot a micro landscape
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 05 Shoot an abstract reflection
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 06 Shoot from the hip
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 07 Shoot the shadows
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 08 Shoot your own point of view
Creative Photo Ideas for August: 09 Shoot a multiple-exposure landscape

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