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    9 creative photo ideas to try in January

    | Photography Tips | 01/01/2014 00:01am
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    Creative photo ideas for January: 05 Shoot frost in spectacular detail

    Creative photo ideas for January: 05 Shoot frost in spectacular detail

    Early-morning frost patterns on a backlit window: it’s a classic winter shot to get in the bag. But if you want to reveal the structure of these icy structures in intimate detail, there’s no substitute for a macro lens.

    “I take most of my frost images with a 100mm f/2.8 macro lens,” reveals close-up specialist Corrie White. “You get a lot more detail by using a true macro lens for this type of picture.

    “I also use a tripod and a shutter release cable. I have the camera set to mirror lock-up, so there’s no chance of vibration robbing the frost of its delicate detail.

    “I like to have the camera perpendicular to the pane of glass so that as much of the frame will be in focus as possible. Shoot at a slight angle, and some of the edges will end up being out of focus.

    SEE MORE: Winter photography: professional ways of working with seasonal light and textures

    “The biggest challenge with this type of picture is encouraging the frost to form on the window in the first place. I used to live in a house where there was just a single pane of glass on the window: I got the best results shooting in a spare room, where I could turn off the heat and allow the frost to form.

    “Right now I’m in a house with double-glazed windows, so there’s less chance of frost on the glass. I’ve even tried leaving a piece of glass outside overnight, but the frost formed on both sides and I couldn’t get a clear image without including the blurred frost on the other side,” explains Corrie.

    “Even if you are successful, there’s usually a lot of cleaning up to do at the editing stage, because of all the residue from past frost on the window. The frost adheres best to glass that has a very thin layer of dust.”

    Get started today
    * For the best frosty conditions, the colder the better. Tune into TV and radio weather forecasts religiously and make sure you set up both your camera and tripod the night before, so that you’re ready to shoot.
    * Use Live View’s magnification feature for pin-point manual focusing.

    Creative photo ideas for January: 01 Shoot a vertorama
    Creative photo ideas for January: 02 Shoot a vibrant abstract photo
    Creative photo ideas for January: 03 Shoot tropical fish
    Creative photo ideas for January: 04 Shoot in ultraviolet
    Creative photo ideas for January: 05 Shoot frost in spectacular detail
    Creative photo ideas for January: 06 Shoot a split-frame landscape
    Creative photo ideas for January: 07 Shoot a winter portrait
    Creative photo ideas for January: 08 Shoot animals in action
    Creative photo ideas for January: 09 Revisit your old photos

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    Posted on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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