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7 ‘Funky’ & Creative Photography Tips To Make Your Next Shoot More Fun

By Hanssie on April 20th 2015

06_Colored_Gels_COOPH_002Remember the good ol’ days when you would just take your camera out on a normal day, and play? Before the days of contracts and marketing, finding clients and making current clients happy, before this photography thing was a business, we had fun with our cameras. Those times seem to get fewer and farther between now that real life has intruded upon our beloved hobby.

Sure, I love my clients, I love shooting weddings and portraits, and I certainly love taking my camera out and shooting a personal project but rarely does the opportunity present itself for me to just play. In the newest video from our friends at COOPH (The Cooperative of Photography), photographers, Anastasia Ehlakova & Julia Gebhardt show us seven creative and fun things you can do at your next shoot. From levitation to free lensing to light stamping, these fun little tips will spark your creative juices.

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Watch 7 Funky Photography Tips

What I love is that all 7 of these tips require very little in terms of effort or props; most of the items can be found in your home. That strand of old Christmas lights and your daughter’s bent hula hoop? Try out tip #7: Hula Hoop, which has you creating some awesome light-painting images. Have an old mirror? Go ahead, risk the seven years of bad luck for some very cool and (should I say), ‘funky,’ portraits.

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Take a break from Monday and steal a moment from editing or on your lunch break, grab your camera and try a few of these tips. Have fun!

For more fun videos from COOPH, check out some of our past articles featuring their work below, or on their website here.

Moore from COOPH:

13 MIND-BENDING THOUGHTS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY | FOOD FOR THOUGHT
7 SIMPLE & CREATIVE TIPS AND TRICKS FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
7 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THAT ADD CREATIVE FLARE TO YOUR IMAGES
SAVE MONEY AND BE CREATIVE WITH 7 DIY PHOTOGRAPHY HACKS
About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Vanessa Godinez

    I freelance over th℮ internet and earn about 80-85$ an hour. I was without a job for 7 months but last month my paycheck with big fat bonus was $15000 just working on my computer from my home for 5-6 hours.

    Here’s what i have been doing…….. www.Jobs-Fashion.com

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    • Phil Bautista

      Cool. 10 more points

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    • Phil Bautista

      Freelensing is pretty much an invitation for dust to visit your sensor.

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    • Graham Curran

      Not another pesky spammer.

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    • robert s

      @Graham Curran

      what? you didnt head over to jobsyelp.com yet? these are the same ones.

      its awesome! I make so much money from home and work only 5-6 hours.

      the post above is lying though, no way youll make $15000 though..its more like $13000. thumbs up.

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    • robert s

      very creative. bravo.

      not into gelling peoples faces though. kicker, hair or background, sure, but not the face. she looks like
      side show bobs sister.

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    • Phil Bautista

      @Robert S: You obviously haven’t been working as hard as Vanessa. Slacker.

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  2. David Hill

    Cool. All low budget options too which is excellent! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Andre Queree

    Cool stuff! Do you still get seven years bad luck if you break the mirror on purpose? :P

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  4. PJ Gang

    These guys always get me out of a creative slump.

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