9 creative photo ideas to try in March

9 creative photo ideas to try in March 2014

Creative Photo Ideas for March: 08 Shoot a multiple exposure landscape

Creative Photo Ideas for March: 08 Shoot a multiple exposure landscape

We’ve all been there: waiting for hours for the clouds to part and the best light to briefly kiss a beautiful landscape, when someone trots into the middle of it clad in a red cagoule.

However, while you can effectively make tourists disappear from a scenic hotspot using a long exposure and painstaking work in Photoshop, why not embrace the idea of including people in your pictures and make a remote location appear more crowded than it’s ever been?

Berlin-based photographer Kai Ackermann created this striking ‘rush hour’ scenic during a three-week summer holiday in Norway and Sweden.

“The main image is a three-minute exposure taken with an ND filter in order to smooth the surface of the water in the fjord,” says Kai.

“I then spent around 45 minutes sitting on a rock, enjoying the view and taking approximately 15 or so separate shots in order to capture as many people as possible in different positions.”

Taking the images with his Canon 5D Mark III and 17-40mm lens wasn’t the trickiest part – that came later, when processing the files in Lightroom and Photoshop.

“The biggest challenge was trying to avoid the same people being duplicated in the end result. While processing the image, I replaced any clones with other people.

“In addition, I had to avoid overlapping people and shadows; I had to be thorough where this was concerned.”

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Get started today…
* Lock the camera on a tripod and use a remote release to fire the shutter, so that the framing is identical for every image.
* Use manual exposure, manual focusing and a manual white balance setting to make it easier to blend the pictures.
* Turn each image into a separate layer in Photoshop, then use masks to hide and reveal people from each layer.
* Use the Clone Stamp tool to touch up the final image.

Creative Photo Ideas for March: 01 Shoot a dewdrop flower refraction
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 02 Shoot portraits with props
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 03 Shoot outdoor art
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 04 Give slides a new lease on life
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 05 Shoot with a ring flash
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 06 Use the Orton Effect
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 07 Shoot a rainbow
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 08 Shoot a multiple exposure landscape
Creative Photo Ideas for March: 09 Shoot a vertical panorama

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