Sweet, Sweet Summertime
Summer break is the best time of the year as far as activities, weather and free time goes. I’ve noticed a sudden increase in people’s interest in photography, and decided to compile a few suggestions to promote creativity and build more skill. The following are some descriptions and visuals to get your creative juices flowing!
In my first displayed image is a shot of some fourth of July fireworks taken with a simple Canon Rebel. Some of you might have already attempted to photograph fireworks, and found your results to be less than desirable. I must admit, it is a little difficult and can cause some frustration at first. Practice and learning the settings on your camera is ultimately key. I have found that both continuous shots by leaving the shutter speed low and playing with aperture settings allowed me to capture the light in motion that made some shots look like lightening, and others seem to be captured at just the right moment. Make sure you’re photographing from an already dark area outside away from street lights to prevent blur.
Utilizing the Rule of Thirds For Summertime Symbolic Objects
Planning on taking a few pictures of a blooming garden this summer? The rule of thirds can definitely assist you in adding an exciting twist to an otherwise typical subject. This technique is used by visualizing your image on a grid split into nine squares. Once you have accomplished this, you position your main subject (such as a flower) in a part of the grid where it occupies three of the visualized squares. Placing the object in the corners of the image is a nice way to achieve this. The purpose of it is to pretty much move the focal point, which is usually in the center, to an unusual position which emphasizes the main object and blurs the background.
Getting Crafty With Framing Your Subjects
One of the coolest ways to create interesting photos is without a doubt framing. Framing basically decorates your subjects in a unique way which can be symbolic of a certain place or activity. This trick can be made by simply photographing something your subject matter through objects you purposely formed into a frame, or by making use of the natural environment. Similar to the rule of thirds in some small way, framing also places emphasis on the desired subject and establishes a stronger focal point. But besides all the technical aspects of it, it honestly just looks really cool.
Playing With Perspective
Perspective can either make or break a photo. With a slightly obscure view, even the most plain of objects can be brought to life and ultimately transformed. Ariel perspective of a person can enhance the beautiful effect of natural light on their face, and give the photo an entirely different feel. Taking pictures while lying on your back, towering over subjects, or laying on your stomach to keep the camera ground level can all produce vastly differing views and emotions. Those are just to name a few, though. Come up with some of your own! It’s really a trial and error process, but you’re bound to find a view you absolutely adore.