9 creative photo ideas to try in February

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

Creative photo ideas for February: 02 Shoot a portrait and add a hand-drawn look

Creative photo ideas for February: 02 Shoot a portrait and add a hand-drawn look

Mixing photography with other media has never been easier, enabling you to add a unique spin to familiar scenes.

A popular technique is blending hand-drawn elements with photos. French photographer Sébastien Del Grosso is one such ‘sketch-ographer’.

“Drawing has always been a passion,” he says, “but when I discovered photography, I knew that a combination of the two would allow me to do something a little out of the ordinary.

“I’ve been a long-time fan of Ben Heine, who’s also associated photography and drawing in his work. Unlike mine, his universe is rather imaginary. In my series, I try to present things in a realistic way, as if my sketches had given birth to reality.

“The photos are taken inside my apartment, using a Canon 7D, a 50mm lens and simple household lighting. The drawn parts are made by hand on a sheet of paper, then scanned, touched up and partially added to the picture in Photoshop.

“The trickiest part to get right is the presence of the sketch part in the photo. It has to look balanced. It also requires that the position of the drawings matches with the placement of the pencil on the picture in order to look realistic.”

It takes Sébastien anywhere from a few hours to several days from move from the initial shot to completing the image.

“Sometimes, I need to take a break from an image and go back a few days later,” he says. “Doing this means I can find mistakes that I didn’t notice before.”

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* Plan ahead: the picture will have more impact if you shoot the photo with the 
final image in mind.
* Use tracing paper over a print of the image in order to sketch in the drawn parts with precision.
* Use layers, blending modes and masks to build up the image.
* Sébastien uses a ‘dodge and burn’ technique to fine-tune the final look.

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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