9 creative photo ideas to try in September

9 creative photo ideas to try in September

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 photographers who are experts in these fields.

For September we aim to have you capitalize on the splendid late-summer light and splashes of brilliant colour. Our photo ideas will have you snapping verywhere from pool-side to the helm of a boat!

Extreme flower photography! Slam dunk your stems for dramatic effects

Photo Ideas: how to shoot extreme flower photography

Water is a wonderful subject to photograph. The possibilities are endless, whether you’re using a slow shutter speed to create a zen-like stillness or a super-fast exposure to capture the action of falling drops. Here, we’ve given both water and flower photography a twist, resulting in flower photography that really makes a splash.

Solargraph: shoot a 6-month long exposure using a beer can

Solargraph: shoot a 6-month long exposure using a beer can

A solargraph is a long-exposure image that shows the path of the sun as it arcs across the sky, usually over several months – and sometimes even longer. Because it’s such an extreme long exposure, the image formed will record how the path of the sun varies over the weeks and months that it is exposed, and can produce pictures that are both scientifically interesting and beautiful to look at.

4 ways to make more creative zoom burst photos

Zoom burst photo ideas: add some flash

As with all special effects, the zoom burst can start to look a bit tired if you use it too often. Use it with care – you’ll find it particularly useful in low light when you don’t have a tripod handy and you can’t get a decent picture any other way.

However, we’ve come up with some interesting techniques that you can use to liven up this wonderful camera trick and make your zoom burst photography look a bit different from the ordinary – we’ve explained these in more detail inside.

20 questions you need to ask about how to print photos

19 questions you need to ask about how to print photos

Digital imaging has given us all so much more creative freedom, and while it’s true that not every picture you take is worth making into a print, your favourite images deserve the print treatment. But printing photos isn’t as easy as just connecting cables and pressing a button. There are all sorts of things you need to consider. Below we’ve compiled what we believe are 19 essential questions most photographers forget to ask about how to print photos.

Frozen flower photography: the perfect rainy day photo project

Frozen flower photography: the perfect photo idea for rainy days

Freezing flowers is a great way to give your flower photography a chilling and painterly look. It might seem a bit odd to encase a delicate flower in a heavy and harsh block of ice, but the cracks, bubbles and other imperfections created by many gradual layers of frozen water can actually give your subject a lovely impressionistic quality.

Make a stop-motion animation using your DSLR and Photoshop

Make a stop motion animation with your digital camera and Photoshop

You don’t need a movie mode function on your digital camera to make a motion picture. In fact, you don’t even need additional movie-editing software, such as Adobe Premiere. For this simple photography project we’ll show you how to use nothing more than your digital camera and Photoshop CS to put together a simple stop-motion animation sequence, then save it as a QuickTime movie. And seeing as today is Easter, we thought what better subject than to melt a chocolate Easter Bunny!

Using the basic principles of animation, we’ll take a series of images using our DSLR’s Interval Timer set to take a shot automatically every seven seconds,
while the chocolate bunny is slowly melted by a hair dryer.

Canon mashup: 100-year-old lens meets 5D Mark II

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Jason Bognacki combined his 1919 Picolette Contessa-Nettel camera with his Canon 5D Mark II. The results – as you can see for yourself – are pretty impressive.

Still life photography: Linus Lohoff’s ‘Constructed’ pictures

Still life photography: Linus Lohoff on his 'Constructed' pictures

The photo-sharing website Flickr is known for catapulting a number of photographers into internet stardom, and Linus Lohoff is one of the latest.

The German photographer has been inundated with emails and picture requests after a series of his images was recently featured on the Flickr blog. Lohoff’s series, dubbed “Das gebaute Bild” (The Constructed Picture), was part of a photography class project at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences where Linus studies graphics design.

Creative photography: 10 photographs of heart-shaped things

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Some creative photography ideas for Valentine’s Day. We do apologise for putting together a rather cliche post, however it was an excuse to find some more fantastic photography around the more obscure theme of ‘heart-shaped things’.