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Photography can feel like a mixed bag when you’re exploring the hobby for the first time. It can be incredibly exciting one minute, a little overwhelming the next. Everywhere you turn, you find examples of stunning images produced by people who have been busy honing their craft for years. Sometimes, in order to move forwards, it’s best to first take a step back and focus on one technique at a time. Here, we break down ten different photography techniques for you to try…
1. Tilt-Shift Photography
credit: Brian Talbot – http://www.flickr.com/photos/b-tal/
Tilt-shift photography is sometimes referred to as “miniature faking” and gives images the appearance of small toy models. Due to its growing popularity, tilt-shift has progressed from an effect that requires a special and expensive lens to a Photoshop procedure to an idiot-proof iPhone app. But wheres the satisfaction in that?
Read more: Ten Extraordinary Tilt-Shift Photos
2. High Speed Photography
credit: Warloofer – http://www.flickr.com/photos/warloofer/
If you’re the patient type, high-speed photography could be a great place to start. Capturing things that happen really, really quickly such as splashes or breakages or what music looks like is not just good fun, it also introduces you to the concept of shutter speed, the use of strobes and flash and spending lots of time in the dark.
Read more: High-Speed Photography Frozen In Time
3. Panoramic Photography
credit: Adrien Sifre – http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriensifre/
While most iPhone apps will happily give you a 270 degree panoramic photo, what happens when you have the software knowhow to stick five of them together? And there’s no need to think of panoramas as only fit for landscapes; there’s plenty of fun to be had in the locations you pass everyday.
Read More: Making Panorama With Photoshop, The Easy Way
4. Smoke Art Photography
credit: Gary Elsasser – http://www.flickr.com/photos/speakerx/
A fairly specialist field but one with dazzling results. Developing a love for smoke art photography will require a ready supply of joss sticks as well as a DSLR with which you can manually control the aperture, shutter speed and focus.
Read More: How To Conduct Smoke Art Photography
5. Macro Photography
credit: Nupur Das Gapta – http://www.flickr.com/photos/48904977@N02/
If this skill were a movie, it’d be Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Getting sharp macro images takes time to master, but will introduce you to how to prioritise your aperture over your shutter speed, as well as the rigours of manual focus.
Read More: How To Shoot Macro
6. Black and White Photography
credit: Trey Ratcliff – http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/
The interesting thing about black and white photography is how it teaches you to pre-visualise and compose your shots. It encourages you to think about shapes and contrast, about detail, texture and the gaps between simple and strong composition. A great place to start as a photographer.
7. HDR Photography
credit: MorBCN – http://www.flickr.com/photos/bcnbits/
HDR photography is at once the most dramatic and most controversial of techniques. Probably the most famous HDR photographer is a man called Trey Ratcliff, owner of the top travel photography blog in the world, but denounced by purists as the man who’s done more to damage the integrity of photography than anyone else. Watch this video to learn a bit more…
8. Motion Blur Photography
credit: Joe Penniston – http://www.flickr.com/photos/expressmonorail/
Motion blur photography is most easily associated with dramatic sports images or fast-moving sports cars. The bigger lesson here, however, is that almost any shot can benefit in some way from a suggestion of movement. In some cases, the movement will come from the object, in others, from your camera. Plenty to play with here.
9. Infrared Photography
credit: Paul Bica – http://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/
The stunning possibilities of infrared photography are down to the wonders of the electromagnetic spectrum and the ‘invisible light’ within. It’s a technique that’s been around for years, but became significantly cheaper with the arrival of digital. You can either convert an old DSLR for capture or invest in an infrared lens, but either way, a tripod is a must.
Read More: Introduction to Infrared Photography
10. Night Photography
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Armed with a tripod, wide-angle lenses, a lens hood a flashlight and your imagination, night photography is a journey into the depths of colour. In particular, the way water swallows up long paths of vibrant light and the extra room for longer exposures make this a rewarding discipline to dive into.
With so many different techniques to try, we can’t wait to try them out and printing photos for everyone to see!