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: 03 Shoot a dramatic portrait

Creative Photo Ideas for August: 03 Shoot a dramatic portrait

Fill-flash isn’t only useful for adding light where there is none, or to subtly reveal shadow detail in outdoor pictures lit by harsh sun – it can be used to give summer portraits a much edgier look.

The trick here is to underexpose the background and let the flash expose the subject as normal.

The result is that light blue skies become inky and interesting – it’s obvious the picture was taken during the day, but it will have an unusual quality that many viewers will find hard to explain.

Beaches are very well suited to this type of technique as they allow clean compositions.

There will be no background elements to pick up hotspots or shadows from the flash beam, and you’ll be able to freely experiment with different framing options.

You don’t have to shoot in the middle of the day either – sunset works particularly well, the underexposure of the background saturating the warm colours.

Get started today…
* Use an external flashgun tethered to the camera or triggered wirelessly.
* Switch to Manual mode, select a wide or mid-range aperture and adjust the shutter speed so that the background is underexposed by 1-3 stops.
* Power up the flash and make sure it’s positioned within its firing range.
* When you’ve taken the shot, check the exposure – the histogram should be positioned to the right of the graph without being clipped at the edge.

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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