Photography tips

Bring The Kids For Fun

Kids love being at the beach, and they’re at the height of happiness and energy at such times. So why not bring them with you? Kids at play are distracted from the world around them, so it’ll be easy to capture some gorgeous candid beach pics. Whether they’re splashing in the water, building a castle, or hunting in rock pools, get in nice and close and capture their play.

Use Clone Tool to Get Rid of Flaws

Order Wedding Photo Retouching $2 per image No bride wants her photos of the wedding to be imperfect. A problem, in this case, can be redness, pimples, small wrinkles, black circles and much more. On the other side, be very careful when using it, you can easily overdo the face, thereby making the image unnatural. Using this tool in Photoshop is one of the most common wedding photography tips for beginners.

Shoot Macro By Reversing Your Lens

If you haven’t heard of this technique before, you are in for a big treat! Traditionally, you need a macro lens which can cost quite a bit. Investing in a macro lens is often not practical for photographers who shoot macro occasionally or just want to try it out. Now all you need is a camera with a detachable lens. It works in both DSLR and mirrorless, prime or zoom lens. Reverse mount your lens with the front of the lens to your camera’s body with a reversing ring, which normally costs just under $20. The only limitation is your reversed lens can only shoot at the widest aperture, which can have a shallow depth of field to keep your subject sharp throughout. This happens with most modern lenses as there is no manual aperture ring. But if your lens does have a manual aperture ring, you can step it down to increase the depth of field as you get closer to your macro subject. As with conventional macro photography, you do need a tripod and a flash or a reflective board to light up your tiny subject :))

Go Time Warp With A Zoom Lens

Have you ever seen Star Trek where the spacecraft was traveling at warp speed? Did you notice the light trails that made you subconsciously know it was moving at ultra-fast speed? You can create a similar kind of effect with your camera and you don’t need any special equipment. The secret to this is a zoom lens! There are three steps to this technique: First, find a moving subject. Second, be either in front or back of the moving subject. This means the subject is either moving away or towards you. Lastly, hold your camera still and take a shot while zooming in or out with your lens. There are normally two rings on a zoom lens, one is for focusing and one is for zooming. Make sure you know which is which beforehand.

Make a Cardboard Light Stencil

Image via Fstoppers This quick hack uses materials you probably already have laying around at home: a cardboard box, print out shape, glue, Xacto knife, and colored wax paper. Pick your shape, cut it out, and start snapping some cool shots.

Use Steel Wool and Fire for Long Exposure

Image via PeterMcKinnon For a more challenging and bigger long exposure shot, using steel wool and fire can result in jaw-dropping photos. Be careful though, this hack can be a bit dangerous, so be sure to use an open area and protective gloves if you want to attempt these shots.

Add Bokeh Using Tinfoil

Image via COOPH A super quick way to create silver bokeh using an item most likely in your kitchen drawers right now. Add a mirror under the item you’re shooting, and you’ll be ready to test out your newest bokeh creation.

Create a Collapsible Light Box

Image via Instructables For those looking to save space, this collapsible DIY lightbox may be the better option. All you need is some foam core and an exacto knife to get started.

Create a Portable Seamless White Background

Image via Fstoppers This trick is great for getting the perfect seamless background in your product pictures. Simply grab some poster board, sweep the board, and hold it up using two clamps. Seamless and painless!

Build a Lightbox Using Cardboard

Image via Maeling Designs This trick may take a bit of time to make, but it’s totally worth it. Lightboxes can be expensive, but if you have a box, some tape, and tissue paper, you can make one yourself. Just follow the steps above, and you’ll be ready to experiment with the lighting of your new box in no time!