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.

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