Producing Unique and Special Photographs

Understanding the Light:
In order to understand the trick photography and use of special effects that can be incorporated into a photograph, you should know the potential your camera and most importantly understand the light and its impact on the photographs. We all know that no photographer under the sun can take photographs in utter darkness. Though understanding light is the most difficult part of photography, it is the most important as well.

Creating the Right Mood:
Once you understand the light and its impact on a photograph, you will be able to create the right mood out of your subject using the right lighting effects. All great photographers are the ones who have captured the photos when mood right. You have to understand that the light can be harsh, soft or cool and you have to make use of the right lighting effect to make your picture look alive.

Trick Photography Techniques – Light Paintings or Drawings:
Just as we use different kind of illumination such as back lit, side lit, etc to get the desired texture, light paintings or drawings are taken by manipulating the source of light which in turn produces different effects. This all may seem easy to read but is difficult to master. Once you master this technique, you can take pictures that are unbelievably awesome and brilliantly deceptive. As a starter you might want to take pictures of the people drawing their names in the dark using a light and then slowly become creative.

Understand The True Potential Of Your Camera:
People who understand the true potential of their camera often take better pictures than others. Understanding you camera includes knowing the shutter speed of the camera and controlling it. The shutter speed determines how much light that you are letting in while capturing a photo. You should also understand the function of the aperture which controls the width of the hole in the lens. Using aperture if you are able to let the right amount of light into the sensor, you are bound to get a good result.

Create Professional Food Photos

Food photography looks good if the food shows textures. Texture is a vital factor to making food sell. Enhancing texture is done through side lighting. Side lighting reveals texture as it brings out the brighter areas and shadows on the food making it more appealing to the viewer.

A lot of food shoots are taken using the soft, diffused light from a window. Window light is subtle light that works to emphasize contrast without really having to do anything overly specialized. Many food photographers use a softbox to create that “clean and white” look, but they never light the front of the food. I’ll explain more in a moment.

Why food is never lit front-on

Beautiful food photography relies upon the angle of light for contrast to create texture. Even the most even surfaced foods like cheese needs side lighting to generate some appeal. If the food is lit front-on we lose the texture that side lighting offers. Flat light can make food to appear boring and tasteless.

Side lighting, using diffused window or softbox light is a common way to light food yet sometimes we don’t want light on one part of the food. In this situation we need something to reduce the light on that area. This is where your trusty gobo comes in handy. A gobo is a go-between. It’s a portion of black material or cardboard that reduces the lighting in one section of the image. I use a range of gobos to cut light out of a food image. I have large and small ones that help me do this. These pieces of black cardboard cost me under ten dollars from a office supply shop.

Cutting light from food shots using a gobo is commonly used in a rustic type of food image. Food images of country kitchens, wooden benches and old cuttlery are things that come to mind when thinking of darker, dimly lit food photos. Many wholesome food products are photographed this way. Foods such as brown bread on wooden boards, home made vegetable soups and pasta and rice are examples of foods used in a country shoot.

On the other hand you can use the “bright light, white” technique of shooting as well. You may have seen brightly lit photos of breakfast cereal like puffed rice, sweet cakes and biscuits. This approach simply uses side lighting and another light to illuminate the background. Softboxes, white shoot through umbrellas and reflectors are ultilised in this style of food photography.

About Glamour Photography

Who May Have a Glamour Photo

Everyone. This is the simple answer to this. The dream of having a mesmerizing picture does not need to remain a dream. With the latest technology and professional photographers that a studio can offer, it is possible for anyone to have a glamour shot. It is understandable that some clients who are not professional models may shy away in front of a camera. The deal here is not all about self-esteem. Even people with so much confidence in themselves are not comfortable in having a photoshoot because they do not know what to do in front of the lens. In this case, the success of capturing the best shot resides in the close collaboration of the client and the photographer.

What it Takes to Have a Glamour Image

As mentioned earlier, make up has a lot of importance here. To achieve sexy photos, the stylist will usually give a heavier powder and paint to your face to accentuate the eyes and lips. Compared to the standard make up, glamour shoot needs to be bolder and warmer where the eyes appear smokier. You may come with your favourite dresses and accessories or you may go semi nude to flaunt that body of yours. Lighting techniques are also of grave importance as it will help highlight the features of your face. However, keep in mind that these are just standards. Whether your picture will be cool or emotional will depend on your preference.

Abstract Photography

Many abstract photographers hold to the idea that macro hides inside micro and use their camera lens to focus on the details creating a new subject from out of the larger whole. What may be a small part becomes epic in scale in the photograph. With the focus literally upon it looking closely enough you can find some things that immediately catch the eye or are easily recognized familiar concepts. Sometimes it is the items with the least attractive surfaces, with their complex forms and patterns, which often produce the most striking images. It is a matter of removing the context and drawing out the particular qualities you want to highlight. In this manner, partial shots of rusty metal, rubbish bins, old walls with peeling paint and cracked tiles- any kind of surface and texture usually ignored – suddenly become subject matter for abstract photos.

To create photo abstractions you can use both digital and analog cameras. You can apply the rule of thirds, The Golden Ratio, or break all the rules and do as you please. In the arena of abstract art, this is all fair game. The first objective should be to react with your environment, see what draws you in deeper. Instead of backing up and spanning around for a panoramic photo, this is a time for finding the details that might seem hidden in plain sight. Or alternately, it may be you have to go inside or to the bottom of larger objects to find what it may hold inside. This is much like a treasure hunt, the hunt for artistic photographs. And here I feel I have introduced a topic which can very easily be a fun activity for anyone to try, especially if you have a digital camera handy, try composing your own abstract art photos. See if you can find something interesting or maybe even spectacular to the point that you wish to hang it in your home. I hope you have learned something and perhaps have found a new fun art activity.