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Tips & Tricks

6 Easy Ways to Get Creative Photos

By Joseph Cha on July 8th 2015

Photographer’s Block

Sometimes inspiration can be stuck in traffic, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for it to arrive. Get your creativity going with these 6 tips that will motivate you to try new things!

6 Easy Ways to Get Creative Photos

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Tip 1: Use a Shutter Drag to Capture Motion With Slower Shutter Speeds

When you understand the Exposure Triangle, you know that the artistic component of shutter speed is to show whether you want to freeze or show motion. Next time you have a tripod and ND filter handy, be sure to try a shutter drag!


Tip 2: Add Fog or Smoke to Change the Ambience

Adding smoke on set is a great way to add a new dimension of depth to your photos. Adding smoke on set is ideal (you can rent fog machines for a day for as little as $20!), but you can also add smoke in post!


Tip 3: Shoot Through an Object

Shooting through an object and getting foreground bokeh can add interest to your composition by focusing your viewer’s attention onto your subject.


Tip 4: Get Creative with Gels and Color Temperature

An easy way to get beautiful colors out of your images is to use gels and adjust your color temperature.


Tip 5: Create Your Own Motion

You can create your own motion with direct flash and a flick of the wrist!


Tip 6: Shoot a Silhouette

Shooting your subject against a high key scene is another way you can challenge your creative mind to do something different!


I hope you enjoyed these 6 tips! Are there any photography-related tips you want? Let us know in the comments!

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I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Brandon Dewey

    great article

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  2. Doug Davis

    Gotta check out the flick of the rist shot!

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  3. Jean-Francois Thibeault

    Nice article.

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  4. Michael Martin

    “Flick of the wrist!” ………. Good one.

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