9 creative photo ideas to try in January

Creative photo ideas for January: 07 Shoot a winter portrait

Creative photo ideas for January: 07 Shoot a winter portrait

Creative photo ideas for January: 07 Shoot a winter portrait

The low angle of the sun at this time of year creates a beautiful quality of light that’s perfect for outdoor portraits. And any snow that can be put to use as a giant reflector is a bonus.

Make sure you work quickly, advises Magdalena Berny, especially if you’re taking photos of kids: “The hardest part of photographing children outdoors in winter is the weather, so sessions should be short.

“When it comes to exposure, it’s easier to shoot on a day when the sun is softened by clouds. A combination of snow and bright sunlight can be problematic when it comes to selecting an appropriate exposure, which slows things down.

“When I was taking these pictures, the weather was foggy and the sun was beautifully diffused through the fog.

“In my photographs I try to show different emotions, not only joy and happiness. I often show thoughtfulness, reflection and detachment.

“Muted colours allow me to achieve a certain mood – dreamy, slightly unreal and cool – and that’s what I focus on when processing my images.

“I often change the hue and saturation, and also correct exposure, but I never manipulate the depth of field; the blur in my photographs is achieved in-camera, using fast prime lenses. My favourites are an 85mm f/1.8 for outdoor portraits and a 50mm f/1.4 for indoors.”

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* The wide apertures offered by affordable standard or short telephoto prime, such as the 50mm and 85mm lenses Magdalena uses, will give you the speed you need for sharp handheld pictures, and silky-soft backgrounds.
* For the most intimate portraits, make the effort to get down to a child’s eye level.
* Show your subjects the results on the back of the camera, and make sure you build in some time for just exploring and playing…

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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