9 creative photo ideas to try in August

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

Creative Photo Ideas for August: 09 Shoot a multiple-exposure landscape

Creative Photo Ideas for August: 09 Shoot a multiple-exposure landscape

Picture the scene: you’re out with your camera and come across a field of barley being blown in the wind. The perfect foreground!

But how do you do such a scene justice? “When I saw this particular view I knew what I wanted the finished shot to look like, with lots of motion blur in the foreground,” says Andy Astbury. “But I had a problem with the exposure being too short.

“The meter was indicating an exposure of 1/30 sec at f/16 so I decided to underexpose by one stop (1/60 sec at f/16) to preserve detail in the sky and the brighter areas in the distance.

“As I wanted everything blurry I stopped down the aperture to f/22 – any softness caused by diffraction would be inconsequential – and doing so gave me a shutter speed of 1/8 second.

“This helped towards the desired effect, but was still too short. Even if I’d had a strong ND filter with me I wouldn’t have been able to use it on my 14-24mm f/2.8 lens.

“However, because the barley crop was constantly moving I knew I could take a long sequence of shots at this exposure and manually blend them together in Photoshop using masks and multiple layers.

“This finished image is actually an exposure blend of three shots – 1/60 sec, 1/30 sec and 1/15 sec at f16 – merged with a foreground of seven shots, each made using an exposure of 1/8 sec at f/22. This really helps to emphasise the ‘flow’ of the barley crop in the wind.

“You might think it all sounds really complicated, but in reality it’s just a simple problem-solving exercise that takes a couple of minutes to shoot and five minutes to put together in Photoshop using very basic layer masks.”

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* Use small apertures and a low ISO setting, such as ISO100 or ISO50, to get the slowest shutter speeds for the given light.
* Standard neutral density filters cut the amount of light entering the lens, helping you 
to achieve very slow shutter speeds even in bright conditions.
* Include static objects in the frame in order to provide a counterpoint to all the motion.

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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