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    9 creative photo ideas to try in October

    | Photography Tips | 01/10/2013 00:01am
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    Creative Photo Ideas for October: 02 Shoot your scenes under-exposed

    Creative Photo Ideas for October: 02 Shoot your scenes under-exposed

    Although a beautifully balanced exposure might be something we strive for most of the time, the results can sometimes lack bite. An image can be more expressive and interesting if you choose to over- or under-expose it.

    Photos that contain predominantly dark tones and shadows often suit autumn photography, particularly when they’re combined with a high-contrast black-and-white conversion.

    “They may seem dark and foreboding,” says photographer Andy Lee, “but I think they are positive images, with ‘light’ as the hero.

    “I like to photograph as much as possible with a pre-visualised idea in mind, sometimes bracketing the exposure and using ND grads to ensure a good tonal range and the right levels of light and shade.

    “I often take up to four shots of a scene, moving the camera between each frame, then stitch these together in Photoshop. I find this gives more scale to the scene.”

    Get started today
    * Search out areas you think are suitable, then check them at different times of the day to see how the light changes.
    * Negative space is your friend. Use the light to guide the eye through the image to your subject.
    * Try and keep tonality and detail in even the darkest tones, but also let them fall to black.

    PAGE 1: Shoot an autumn dawn
    PAGE 2: Shoot your scenes under-exposed
    PAGE 3: Shoot a chilling ghost portrait for Halloween
    PAGE 4: Shoot a fantasy landscape
    PAGE 5: Shoot with creative lighting
    PAGE 6: Shoot a Geocaching treasure hunt
    PAGE 7: Shoot an urban montage
    PAGE 8: Shoot fungi at eye level
    PAGE 9: Shoot rock towers in familiar locations

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    Exposure bracketing: how to capture fine detail in shadows and highlights
    Creative landscape photography: master the dark art of shadows and shade
    DSLR Tips: the best settings for preserving detail in any situation


    Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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