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 making otherworldly skies, bright still lifes, alternative autumn scenes and even turning the camera on photographers themselves, among many other fun and creative photography projects that are perfect for this time of year.
On each page you’ll find a stunning image and an explanation from the photographer on how it was made.
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We often dish up creative photo ideas for pictures that don’t require a big investment in terms of equipment and travel time. Here’s another great example that doesn’t cost the earth.
Coloured pencils are a cheap and easy source of still-life pictures, and one that many photographers find themselves experimenting with.
Russian photographer Victoria Briard is currently working on an unusual series of pencil pictures that look like old computer games – Pac-Man, Snake, Arkanoid and the like. But here’s a fabulous example from her series of origami-inspired images.
“The photo was created in a small, totally dark room,” says Victoria. “Using a Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm f/1.4 prime lens, I used an exposure of 13 seconds at f/14, ISO 250. Then, to light the set, I used a pocket flashlight, which has six light-emitting diodes.
“This type of torch gives nice, soft shadows – I call it my ‘light brush’ – and I made sure that the light didn’t touch the large, dark grey sheet of paper I was using as a background. That’s why it appears as a rich black.”
Getting the light right wasn’t the trickiest part of the shoot, it emerges. “The coloured pencils were supported with Plasticine – two boxes of the stuff in the end,” adds Victoria. “The most difficult thing was actually cleaning the table afterwards. With this in mind, my top tip is remember to cover the table before building the set…”
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* Use Live View’s magnification feature as an aid for manual focusing on the pencils.
* Make sure that the backdrop is positioned far enough from the set, so that no light registers on it.
* Use a fresh set of pencils so that the nibs are all exactly the same length.
* Keep an eye out for distracting reflections that can be picked up in glossy pencils.
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 01 Shoot a creative still life scene
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 02 Shoot a landscape with dramatically different skies
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 03 Shoot photographers taking pictures
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 04 Shoot alternative pictures of autumn
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 05 Shoot a stunning reflection
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 06 Shoot a dynamic car photo
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 07 Shoot on a grey day
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 08 Shoot a city at dusk
Creative Photo Ideas for November: 09 Shoot an up-and-coming rock band
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