Anyone Can Take Breathtaking Photos
Certainly, there is a near scientific quality to modern photography, but remember that unlike music, the skill-centered discipline of dance, or painting, photography is relatively new. The theory has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until the 1800s that taking pictures began to play a mainstream role in society.
Today, the cameras on our phone rival the abilities of early Hollywood studios. Tomorrow, three-dimensional photography, 360-degree image capture, augmented reality, and other computer-sourced innovations will increasingly define what a novice can do with photography equipment. Even now some of these options exist.
What this all indicates is that you have the potential to be quite the photographer even if you don’t have a budget or the best equipment. All you need is imagination. Following, several easy tricks—hacks, you might call them—will be explored. These should help stimulate your imagination, and give some ideas for fantastic pictures.
1. Prisms And Spheres
Sphere’s and prisms bend light. If you’re unfamiliar, you might think of a prism as a little crystalline pyramid. They’re not always shaped exactly like some see-through miniature of the Great Pyramid of Giza, but oftentimes they’ve got a three-dimensional, triangular look to them. Prisms break the spectrum of light. A “yellow” ray of light is split into the rainbow.
You can use basic prisms to change the way a picture appears. You’ll get a kaleidoscopic effect, and you have the ability to manipulate color. Spheres that are transparent can do similar things. You want to find one that is glass and solid; think “crystal ball”. When you take a picture through one, it can inverse the image, making it appear upside-down.
A few basic photos taken through clear media like this can have a compelling, visually interesting quality. You can use multiple transparent objects to achieve many diverse ends. Play around a bit and discover things.
2. Depth Of Field
If you see a picture of someone who stands out against a blurred background, you’re likely encountering what’s known as depth-of-field. If there’s a book of pet pictures where the golden retriever is in stark contrast to the blurry field in the background, again, you’re looking at depth of field.
This generally requires “hardware”, if you will. It requires actual camera equipment; not what you get in smartphones. Still, there are apps which can simulate depth-of-field for you, and unless the viewer is a professional photographer, they likely won’t know the difference.
If you do have a basic camera, you should have the ability to manipulate depth-of-field through aperture and focus settings. A quick search-engine trip will reveal some basic ways to get the balance right.
3. Vintage Vaseline
If you’ve got a camera, carefully rub a little Vaseline on the lens. You can do this with smartphones, but it may end up backfiring on you if you’re not extremely careful; and you don’t really need to do things that way, as you’ve got filters.
That said, with a camera that has a large lens, rubbing a little Vaseline in a circle around a more clear central area can give your photographs an old timey feel that’s very compelling.
4. Vinyl Backdrops
Denny Manufacturing provides a number of top-tier backdrops you can use to set a scene. Backdrops printed on vinyl can look very real in the background. You can use depth of field with a backdrop to make a basement photo-shoot appear to be something done on-location. Additionally, you can use them to give your photos pleasing texture.
5. Bokeh Patterns; Make Your Own!
Bokeh patterns are basically light stencils. You can make them very easily. Just take a piece of black cardboard and cut out a shape, then put it the proper distance from the lens of your camera, and see what it does. You might want to use an internet search engine for more information on “Bokeh Patterns” and their proper use. The end result should be geometric shapes which appear similar to what you may see if looking at the world with fluid in your eye, as through tears.
Photography You Can Take Satisfaction In
Taking pictures is a lot of fun, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. All you’ve got to do is use a little imagination, and the camera in your hand becomes a malleable tool for capturing artistry. The best thing you can do to discover little hacks like these as you increase your photography skill is experiment.
What do you like to see? Take pictures of it. Where do you like to go? Go there and capture the scenery. Play around and have fun. If you really want to be a great photographer, that’s the best way.