creative photography techniques

5 Must try creative photography techniques

Explore some new techniques to shoot that will open your imagination and expand your photographic skills.

‘Creative photography’ is the term often used now and it is not only a cliché, but it is now hard to know what creativity actually means. Some photographers find blurred ‘abstract’ shot creative, while for others it is a badly exposed picture.

Here are five creative techniques you must try; with some, you can capture with just a kit lens and your camera, while a few require specific software, lighting kit, or filters.

5 creative photography techniques

Forced perspective

This forced perspective works when objects in your frame look like they are different in size from than the actual objects, because of the camera angle or distance that you shoot them.

Start by finding foreground and background, they are two points of interest that work together to create size illusion. A foreground object can be any subject that works according to your needs, or you use your fingers to hold subjects in the distance.

Freeze-frame action

Taking shots that are too fast to be seen with normal eyes can have some fascinating results. But freezing these rapid motion requires a more technical approach, and the results will be worth your effort to do so.

A freezing frame needs set up in which a subject and sound trigger in a darkened room should be present. Shutter speed should be set to a long exposure (it doesn’t matter how long the exposure is).

Motion BlurCamera trick levitation

Several aspects and approaches can take to capture edgy levitating shots, but we have approached with the simplest here, as there are no complicated or strings edits involved. You can fix your main camera in the same position on a tripod, and you will need to take two separate shots.

Stroboscopic motion

Stroboscopic motion effect created by a pulsing flash captures multiple times during freezing points, and long exposure as the subject moves. A dark space, a tripod, and a speed light that has a Multimode or Stroboscopic are good to try.

Set your camera on a tripod in front of your object, and a Speedlight on a side, then switch to manual mode. It is good to start with the exposure and shutter speed of around one second, ISO 100, and an aperture of f/11.

Repeating illusion

This inception-style picture within one frame is easy to create, whatever the scene is. You will just need two cameras – one to shoot the image with and one as a prop.

It’s easy to add another image onto the camera screen once you have taken a starting image of the back of your camera. Photographer named Louis Stacey duplicated the layers in Adobe Photoshop software, then used the Pen tool and Layer Mask to cut the camera screen. He resized the image with the duplicate layer underneath so that you can see more of the camera on the screen.



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Photography Ideas to Boost Your Creativity

Photography brings forth new opportunities to improve your creativity and skills, hone in on your craft, and who knows, even guide you in the direction of finding a new genre that you love more than anything in the world! Here are some creative ideas to take you out of your comfort zone, and guide you in your quest to boost your creativity.

Add emotion to your Images

Choose to evoke emotion in your images – either in the eyes of the beholder or in the eyes of the beheld. When you want emotion from your subjects, ask for it. There is nothing more uncomfortable for your clients than a photographer who is silent behind the camera while continuously clicking the shutter.

Go Macro

Traditionally macro photography has been associated with floral and fauna. But resist the urge to get out into the garden to find the smallest ant to photograph. Instead, think of macro as a great way to isolate details in an image.

Find Reflections

As the name suggests, try and find mirror images or reflections, either with mirrors or with water, of your subject and shoot creatively.

Shoot out of Focus

Whether it’s an unlucky accident or intentional, I love out of focus images. Remember these creative exercises are simply an attempt to create something you are proud of. There are no right or wrongs, they are all just ways to stimulate your creative juices.

Double Exposures

Ding a double exposure is a carry-over from the old film days and it is a super creative way to take your images from boring to wow! In its simplest form, it is a way to superimpose two images onto a single frame. The good news is that you don’t need a film camera to create double exposures.

Shooting through Objects

I love shooting through objects, it adds an element of interest and depth in the foreground. You can really take this up a notch by using every day elements like leaves, branches, fabric pieces and ever glass to create some cool artistic effects in your images.

Different Perspective

The next time you find yourself shooting the same subject the same way, take a step back and rethink your strategy. Are you a 100% vertical shooter like me? Then force yourself to take a horizontal frame. Are you always looking at details? Then use a wide-angle lens and force yourself to take in the big picture. Do you always shoot at a narrow aperture so as to get everything in focus? Then dial down your aperture and shoot at the widest possible setting (based on your lens) to focus in on one detail of the whole image.

Burst of Color

It’s a beautiful, colorful world out there. Get out and photograph it. Don’t be afraid of the bold bright colors, but definitely be aware of which colors work and which ones don’t quite translate well in imagery. Train your mind to look for certain colors and patterns and before you know it, you will have a collection of colorful images that make you happy.

Pattern Play

Take the time to look around and see if you are able to find any natural patterns around you. These can be either man-made or natural. Facades of buildings, windows, parking lots, and landscapes all provide many opportunities to capture repeating patterns. Capture them in an interesting way to highlight those patterns.


Wehope these points have proven that there isn’t any lack of creativity prompts in and around you. You just have to look for them anytime you feel stuck or find yourself creating the same or similar images again and again. Keep these prompts in the back of your mind, use them, combine them, mix them up – the possibilities are endless!

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