Just because the nights are darker doesn’t mean we can’t have lots of fun at home without cameras. Today we’re going to look at my favourite creative photo ideas and how to do them. So whether you’re looking for some inspiration or some motivation to spark some creativity, I know this will help you.
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There are loads of creative photo projects you can try but these are my favourite for the winter season.
For me, this is like his annual school photo. Not only does it start the holiday season off for us with lots of fun but it’s crazy seeing how much his grown, so fast! There are different ways to tackle the magic book, but I’ve always loved the low light approach. So as the evening draws in early. Get your little one watching tv on a small screen behind a book. Not only does it keep your little one focused long enough for you to actually take a photo, but also provides a great source of light from the best angle. Simply add an overlay of magic dust and you’re done. A great quick and simple photo perfect for Grandparents.
Honesty Disclaimer: It needs to be ridiculously cold outside to achieve this. Like -15c / 5c.
So how do you do this? You wait until it’s really cold and not too windy. You create a spell mix of bubbles using liquid soap and you blow the bubbles using a straw and then you wait for the bubble to freeze. But make sure you ready for it, because once frozen, it collapses.
See how shooting through something can change the perspective / feeling of the photo.
You can pick these crystal balls up cheaply and have fun seeing things differently. I’d also recommend you use a macro lens, telephoto 200mm or wide lens depending on the effect you want.
Light Trails are another form of light painting. You use a long exposure to capture the lights as they move.
The best camera settings for light trails photography are:
- You must use some sort of tripod
- Shoot in RAW;
- Choose the lowest ISO values;
- Set your aperture to the sweet spot of your lens, in the f/4 to f/11 range;
- Use a shutter speed of about 10-30 seconds.
Test your settings and check whether you get trails of a decent length, different lens with produce different width trails. Wider lens =thinner trails. (Confusing as usual)
I love practicing with these. I’ll pop out for 5 mins to see what I can catch.
A dark mitten or hat to catch them on. The darker background helps the camera focus on the snowflake, it also helps it not melt as the fibers allow for less points of contact.
The challenge is getting enough light for exposure. Ring lights are the easiest way to achieve this.
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