Scott Carruthers has been working in the photography industry for many years. He has shot photographs from all around the world and is in high demand. His legacy started with a gift of a camera when he was young and has continued to grow since.
Photography is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. It is something that a person can disburse themselves into and get lost. Over the years photographers share tips and little techniques that help create quality. These discoveries are both on purpose and by accident. Either way, they have helped in the evolution of photography. There are quite a few of these tricks out there now that photographers should look out for in the coming year.
Easy Macro Shots
One little trick found is that the lens used in photography can be used in many different ways. One neat trick is to remove the lens from the camera and hold it out little ways from the camera. The lens becomes a macro lens. There are a few things to remember when you try this trick. First, you must be in the manual mode for the camera to work without the lens. The focus is done manually since the camera doesn’t have a lens on it. Try moving closer or farther from whatever is being photographed to achieve this. Another trick to creating a macro lens is by using a drop of water on the lens. It’s a neat little trick that is definitely worth trying. It does work.
Anyone who has photographed an object to put on a site or sell online has heard of a light-box. A light-box will diffuse light from many different directions and sources. It helps when taking pictures of things that are tiny or intricate in detail.
Light-boxes are for sale, but it can be easier, faster and much cheaper to create your own. They’re created from anything that is box-shaped with clear sides. Take a shoe-box and cut the sides out. Make it even on all sides and then tape plain white computer paper to the sides. There you have a light-box for those small photographs.
Vintage With Household Goods
Centuries ago, photographs and portraits blurred at the edges with a special effect. With new technology today, that is not seen in the photographs of this era. The vintage feel of those old photographs is still in demand though.
Here is an easy and quick trick to get that same vintage feel to the photograph without a lot of legwork or money. All it takes is a dab of Vaseline. Apply it to the camera around the edges of the lens. If you’re worried about damaging the lens then apply a piece of plastic wrap first. You can get those old vintage photographs in a jiffy.
Lighting Is Key
As any photographer will tell you, lighting is the key factor in making a shot the best. You can spend hundreds of dollars on equipment and special lighting devices. But who has the time or the money for that? The same equipment can create right from your home. All you need is a little imagination and time to put your hands to work.
When taking a portrait try using a throwaway foil pan. These are in any department or grocery store and are relatively cheap. Another option is to use a large board covered with aluminum foil. Place it on one side of the person or object that is being shot. Either made with household items and will diffuse the light to where you want it to go.
This is where you can let your imagination run wild. If the object is light and does not weigh much then you can give it the look of suspension. Use a small piece of sewing thread to suspend it into the air and then remove it before processing. Another fun thing to do is putting an object on top of Plexiglas. It will give off a reflection that is subtle but seen. Try using a beveled piece of glass and have a person lay under it.
It will give the effect of the person being underwater and they don’t even have to get wet. If you are looking for movement in the photographs then lower the shutter speed. Make sure it’s at least two steps below what it should be.
The effect of having a blurred photograph may not sound appealing to some. If you take a plastic bag and put it over your lens then you can create great effects. You can crumple it and move it this way and that way to create great photographs. Another option is by overexposing the photo when you have low lights. This will give a great blurred effect to a photograph.
There are times when every photographer is missing something. Maybe they forgot a lens or even a bag with special equipment in it. It is hard to finish any job without the things or equipment that is needed. Look around. There are objects all around you that can help with creating amazing photographs. Such as, if you are missing a tripod for your group photo then remove a lampshade from a lamp and then the light bulb. Now you have a makeshift tripod that fits right to your camera and all you have to do is screw it in.
Take those little coffee cup sleeves given out at the coffee shop home with you. They are perfect to become a hood for your lens. It will help with the glare on the photograph. Photographs taken through sunglasses will give a photograph a little bit of color as well.
Photography has evolved over time. There have been many different devices created to make better photographs. But photographers don’t need these expensive items. All that’s needed is a little ingenuity and imagination. Finding tricks and tips will help any photographer grow in the industry.