9 creative photo ideas to try in August

    | Photography Tips | 01/08/2013 00:01am
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    Creative Photo Ideas for August: 05 Shoot an abstract reflection

    Creative Photo Ideas for August: 05 Shoot an abstract reflection

    You don’t need to splash out on top-flight kit or travel to a picturesque location to get stuck into abstract photography.

    Take Andy Bell’s shots here – one’s a concrete strip on a harbour wall while the other’s a reflection in the corner of a waterlogged car park.

    Andy’s photoblog is awash with inspirational abstracts like these, many of which are turned on their heads.

    “Reflections work well when flipped as they are usually upside down to start with,” he says. “If you include some non-reflected elements, as in the concrete strip and the yellow lines, then the composition can become more interesting.

    “Wind creates many different patterns so waiting for a decent pattern can take time, and calm conditions are usually best.

    “Also, with reflections, I find the camera will often autofocus on the surface of the water so you need to readjust the focus onto the reflection.”

    Get started today…
    * Early morning is a prime time for reflection photography – the sun will be low in the sky and the water’s surface is likely to be at its most calm.
    * Don’t overload yourself with gear. A standard zoom or 50mm prime is the perfect lightweight lens to carry around all day.
    * Consider taking a telephoto zoom in the 70-200mm range for compressing a scene and cropping tighter in-camera.

    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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