Creative photography doesn’t just have to mean producing inspired pictures for clients or for your own social media accounts. Being creative could also mean having to think of tricks when you find yourself in a problematic situation while you are snapping shots.
As a photographer, you need to be able to think on your toes in case you get into a sticky situation. You may experience technical difficulties or have to deal with challenging clients. Whatever the circumstances are, you have to be able to handle the problems like a pro. Here are some tricks that may help you go through a rather challenging photography workday.
- CHILD SETBACK
Almost all photographers would agree that working with children is probably the most challenging situation they would have to deal with. This is because, toddlers easily lose their attention and always have a hard time behaving and looking at the camera during takes. Think of things you can attach just below your camera. These objects should grab the children’s attention. This way, they will be able to look at the camera lens while you take a picture of them. You could also bribe children by giving them candies or sweets if they behave, look and smile towards the camera.
- DEVICE SETBACK
Did your tripod break mid-shoot and you have no spare ones? If you are shooting indoors, chances are you would find a lampshade on site. Just take the lamp shade off the appliance then screw your camera to the holder and voila! You have an improvised tripod. Just place the lamp with the camera on top of a sturdy table and you are good to shoot again.
- TIME OF DAY SETBACK
Most creative photography shoots are done outdoors during the day. The main reason for this is that you want the background for your clients to be as natural and as beautiful as possible. However, what if you want to have a change of ambient light? Waiting for the sunset if you are shooting midday isn’t exactly ideal. To reduce natural light while shooting outdoors, turn the flash power to max. The subject of your photo will turn significantly brighter giving the picture the illusion of a darker background. This is because the flash of the camera will not hit the background surrounding your subject.
- PHOTOBOMBER SETBACK
This particular trick is especially helpful if you are a travel photographer. Oftentimes, it is hard to control tourist traffic in a famous landmark and their presence on the picture just makes the image a lot less appealing. What some photographers do is to clone tourists out of the picture. Although effective, this could cost you a lot of time. A great trick if you ever find yourself in the same predicament is to use a Photoshop Extended feature. When you are taking a photo of a landmark, place your camera on a tripod. Take a picture of the attraction every 10 seconds. Do these about 15 times. When you are ready to edit, click File in Photoshop. Click on the Scripts menu then Statistics. Select Median menu and then choose the pictures you took. After this, Photoshop will clean the landmark of tourists photo bombing the attraction.
Creative photography may be a challenge at firs particularly for amateurs. However, if you follow the said tricks, your life as a new photographer will be much easier.