Photography tips

Make Custom Bokeh Shapes

Image via How About Orange This hack is super simple for those wanting to explore the world of Bokeh. Pick your shape, connect your DIY tube to your lens with a low aperture setting, and have fun shooting. Pro Tip: Work on adjusting your focus and lens to get different styles and Bokeh effects.

Create a Makeshift Softbox Using a Shower Curtain

Image via COOPH This trick is a great option for a DIY soft light. All you need is a shower curtain, which you probably already have or can easily grab at the store, something to hang the curtain, a bright light.

Create a Flash Diffuser Using a Milk Carton

Image via Techradar Got milk? Seriously, that’s pretty much the only thing you’ll need to make this flash diffuser. All you have to do is cut out the milk jug handle and trim it to the size of your flash!

Create a Textured Background Using a Cloth

Image via Fstoppers Using a cloth is a super easy way to add some texture to your background. This is great for product pictures when you want something a little more interesting than the plain white background, and using the sweep technique will keep the seamless look.

Use Panning To Capture Moving Subject

Want to capture the majestic image of a swan in flight? Or maybe a joyful candid of your son riding his bicycle? If you just point and shoot, you’re going to have your subject blurred. This is because your subject is moving but your camera is still. Panning is a technique where you move your camera along with your subject. This result in your subject being in focus with a blurred background. Pretty cool, right? The key is to switch your camera’s focusing mode to auto continuous focusing. This means your camera will track the subject and auto adjust to keep it in focus as it moves. It’s also known as AI Servo for Canon or AF-C for Nikon (check your camera manual). Hold your camera by supporting the bottom with one hand and the other on the side with the index finger on the shutter release. Compose your image, half-press on the shutter release to focus on your subject. You should hear a beep or a flash on the AF point telling you your subject is now in focus. Continue to half-press the shutter release and don’t let go. As your subject moves, pan by moving in a steady and fluid motion with your subject, keeping it in the frame. Press in full on the shutter release when the moment is right!

Create backdrops using your TV

Image via Grafdom Similar to using your computer screen, this trick allows you to have a bigger backdrop for your photo.

Use trees or bushes for a backdrop

Image via DIY Joy Have your model stand in front of trees or bushes to create an immersive nature photo.

Wedding Photography Lighting Tips

This extensive article looks at lighting an entire wedding. Going from the dressing to the end of the wedding reception (party!). There are many different locations throwing different temperatures at you. They will need some thought. The best way is to scout beforehand. Here, you are looking for light and settings that you need to capture powerful images. You also need to check the weather in the case of an outdoor photo session. Natural light is a great way to illuminate your subject without too much gear. Windows are very handy as they add a soft, spread out feel. This light will also be abundant with the outside shots, where you might want to use reflectors. Speedlites will help fill in dark areas, and freeze motion when people are dancing. Utilize the light, and add where necessary.

Wedding Photography Props You Should Use

To make your wedding photos even more outstanding, there are some props that you can use for special effects. There are many ideas that are not breaking your budget but still improve your photos significantly. Some of the tips in the article include using a bouquet for ring close-ups, adding bokeh to the photo with fairy lights, and creating a foreground by using the bride’s veil. For more tips and tricks, make sure to check out our article!

Essential Wedding Photography Accessories For Better Photos

There are a few important things you need to think of wedding photography. The more kit you have means the more accessories you need. Some accessories, such as rain covers and extra batteries will make your work during the wedding day a little easier. Some, on the other hand, are an absolute must. You definitely don’t want to get into wedding photography without having a reliable flash and tripod. While these accessories can provide to be really helpful, you need to calculate them into your budget. Read our list of important accessories and see which you and your wedding photography could benefit from.