25 Shots Every Photographer Must Try (Part 2)

1/27/2013 9:27:22 AM

Candid portraiture

Discreet observation with the camera will often give you a chance to capture candid occasions when people are absorbed in their thoughts and completely unconcerned about the presence of a camera. You can often capture unselfconscious spontaneity by ignoring preparation, control and considered lighting. This kind of image is usually best taken with a telephoto lens from some distance away. If you get close, the camera might be a distraction.

14. Silhouettes

14. Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a common subject, and there are numerous ways to achieve an interesting image of a silhouette against a strong backlight, whether it's sunlight or even an artificial source of light. Backlighting through anything translucent brings out richness of colour. To work well, this kind of photograph depends on the shape of the subject and on the co-ordination of the two principal tones: black and the light background. A prerequisite is that the outline of the subject be strong, clear, and recognisable.

15. Shooting street fashion

Shooting street fashion

Patience really is a virtue in terms of street fashion photography. Spotting stylish people on the street is difficult enough, let alone shooting pictures of them, and the challenge is that as a photographer you might not really know what it is exactly that you're looking for. Crowds of people don't do much to help improve your chances of spotting someone stylish on the streets. Knowing how to take a good street fashion picture is an invaluable skill you could have in your repertoire. It's important that you are well aware of the environment you are shooting in, as you don't want a background that distracts or clashes with your final image.

16. Texture


Using textures can enhance your image, and in more ways than one. Capturing textures of various surfaces while shooting isn't what we're talking about here. Overlaying an image onto an existing image of a textured wall or an old paper, or any texture that evokes a feeling in you can be used to alter the mood of your images.

17. Multiple exposure

17. Multiple exposure

Combining two or more exposures (photos) using Photoshop and similar image editing software isn't exactly a new idea, especially for those of you who’ve tinkered around with analogue film cameras in the past. The idea of combining two or more photos to create a unique picture has been explored since the time of film cameras, and now with the latest digital cameras hitting the market, it can be executed both on camera, and off camera with the help of image editing software.

18. Underwater photography

Underwater photography

The technique used to achieve such a picture is almost self-explanatory. 'You’ll need a camera capable of shooting undeiwater to try this one out. There are water-sealed cases available for a lot of popular cameras enabling you to click pictures undeiwater. There’re a variety of subjects out there, 'ibu could experiment with everything from shooting portraits undeiwater, to shooting marine life.

19. Stop motion animation with stills

Stop motion animation with stills

Stop motion animation is a simple, fun animation technique. You can use just about anything in your stop-motion animation, and thanks to digital cameras and computers, creating one is now super easy. The first prerequisite is an idea. To begin with, you could start with something simple. Let’s say, for example, that you would like to make a pair of shoes move itself across the floor. Using a tripod and only moving the shoes will make it appear as though the shoes are moving through your frame. Keeping the object in the same general area in each frame by moving the camera along with it will make it appear as though you are travelling with the object. For your animation to be smooth, keep in mind that you'll need approximately 10 photos for every second of film. In order to turn your images into an animated video you will need video editing software, the most easily available being Windows Movie Maker.

20. Blurs


Books on photography, workshops etc. lead you to believe that blurs are the worst thing that can happen to your images, often wrongly so. But used creatively, blurs can make your images artistic too. Whether it's a motion blur, or even an accidental blur, analyse one such image and you might just find a way to connect with it.

21. Camera toss

Camera toss

This is a tip you should try at your own risk. This technique involves taking photographs while tossing your camera. There's no rocket science involved when it comes to the technique. The basic idea is to toss the camera while exposing a frame using the timer. As impractical and risky as it sounds, the end results are unique and present a whole new perspective. There's no one way to shoot while tossing the camera as you will not be able to control the angle and exact direction of the lens while the camera is falling.

22. Unconventional angles

22. Unconventional angles

When you're bogged down by the traditional angles and tired of following all the rules of composition, you could try and experiment a little to spice things up. Unconventional camera angles, angles that you don't ordinarily look at your subject from, make for some interesting pictures. Cameras with swivel screens will help your cause if you're looking to try something out of the ordinary.

23. Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography

Aerial photography is taking photos of the ground from an elevated position, and usually refers to images in which the camera is not supported by a ground-based structure. Cameras may be hand-held or mounted, and photos may be taken by a photographer, triggered remotely or even automatically. Platforms for aerial photography include fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, balloons, parachutes, and even kites. It's not difficult to understand why this kind of photography is expensive to pursue. With a little planning and patience however, a lot can be done.

24. Zoom burst

Zoom burst

Zoom burst is a technique attainable with zoom lenses with a manual zoom ring. It involves zooming while the shutter is open with a relatively slow shutter speed, usually below I/60th of a second. It is also possible to achieve a similar effect with computer software, in which case you need not worry about the shutter speed.

25. Free-lensing

25. Free-lensing

This technique involves taking photos with the lens detached from the camera but held in place and moved around to focus. This sometimes lets in extra light causing light leaks and gives the photo a vintage look and feel. It's easier if your camera has “live view” so you can see what the effect of this technique is even before you click a picture, but it isn't a lot harder with the viewfinder. For light leaks, you will need to hold the lens no more than a finger's width away from the mount. This is a bit risky if you're worried about dust, so do not hold the lens away from the camera for too long, and do it in a relatively dust-free environment preferably.




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