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    9 creative photo ideas to try in February

    | News | 01/02/2014 00:01am
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    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.

    Creative photo ideas for February: 09 Shoot a heart-shaped shadow

    This month we kick off February with a slew of fun projects like de-focused portraits, empty spaces, macro with ultra-shallow depth of field, city views and light painting still life photography, 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.

    If you attempt any of these photo ideas, don’t forget to share them on our Facebook wall!

    Creative photo ideas for February: 01 Shoot a defocused portrait

    9 creative photo ideas to try in February 2014

    Pulling the lens out of focus might seem an odd technique to try with that expensive lens you’ve saved hard to buy, but it’s a quick way to give a scene an impressionistic look.

    Photographer Philip Payne manually defocused his 18-50mm f/2.8 lens to create this shot.

    “Having worked with dancers on a number of occasions, I was struck by how otherworldly they can seem at times,” he says.

    “Not only are dancers particularly graceful, but they are also exceptionally strong – far stronger than they would appear from a quick glance. I wanted to produce a picture that looked alien, and I remembered that a defocused image was often used in the X-Files.

    “It’s possible to produce defocused images with any camera that you can focus manually. It helps you select the broad elements of the image, rather than worrying about the detail of sensor resolution and lens quality.

    “Defocusing an image in-camera produces a distinctly different effect to anything that can be produced (or at least that I can produce) with software. I’d always rather do this type of shot as a straight exposure rather than trying to simulate the effect later.”

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    * Naturally you’ll need to work with the lens set to manual focus. Use large apertures to maximise the amount of blur.
    * When working with backlit subjects, try over-exposing the image to enhance the effect.
    * See more examples of this technique in the Blur Will Save The World group on Flickr.

    Creative photo ideas for February: 01 Shoot a defocused portrait
    Creative photo ideas for February: 02 Shoot a portrait and add a hand-drawn look
    Creative photo ideas for February: 03 Shoot empty, open spaces
    Creative photo ideas for February: 04 Shoot macros with minimal depth of field
    Creative photo ideas for February: 05 Light-paint a warm still life
    Creative photo ideas for February: 06 Shoot a city view
    Creative photo ideas for February: 07 Shoot deconstructed hardware
    Creative photo ideas for February: 08 Shoot yourself in the picture
    Creative photo ideas for February: 09 Shoot a heart-shaped shadow

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    Posted on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 12:01 am under News.

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