photography creativity challenge

reflections photography tutorial

8 things you need to know when shooting reflections

The reflection of light can be characterized in one of two ways. Put simply, when light hits a rough or heterogeneous surface, the light scatters back in many directions as a diffused reflection. When, on the other hand, light strikes a smooth, homogenous surface, it is reflected back in a single direction as an image; this is called a specular reflection, and it’s the mirroring effect we see against glass, water, metal, and other highly polished or glossy surfaces. Early mirrors, in fact, were manufactured from polished obsidian, copper, bronze, copper, and tin.(…)

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visual rhythm photography tutorial

4 types of visual rhythm in photography (and how to create maximum impact)

Rhythm, a critical component of music, dance, and poetry, is also a quality of great significance in the visual arts. Rhythm may affect the quality of the viewing experience for your audience and help to draw and keep the eye within the frame. Pattern can be thought of a subset of rhythm in that patterns always have rhythm, but rhythms don’t always have pattern.

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Let’s take a look at a variety of rhythms in the visual arts(…)

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5 tips for beautifully deliberate underexposure

This month, we’re going to experiment with exposures that are significantly deeper than you’d normally select. Be adventurous and bold. Go beyond your comfort zone. Take what you know of “proper” exposure, and go deeper … not a third of a stop or even a full stop — but a couple of stops. See what happens! Shift your “Zones” or push your histogram towards the left. How does it affect the mood? Do you notice any new details in the(…)

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shooting from the hip photography tutorial

9 best tips to shoot from the hip

This month, try shooting from the hip. It will alter your perspective as an artist, requiring you to see the scene beyond the viewfinder; while you won’t be able to compose as deliberately, you may discover this shift in perspective and artistic freedom bring some wonderful new qualities to your images. It will also change the dynamic with your subjects in that you can connect face-to-face during shooting — or go completely the opposite way and shoot totally inconspicuously. With(…)

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creating depth with 3 planes creative photography challenge

7 ways to take pictures with depth and dimension

This month, let’s focus on creating depth in photographs by shooting images that incorporate a minimum of three distinct planes: foreground, midground, and background. Does it seem simple? It can be, but there are a number of ways you can approach this for particularly captivating results. Consider the following tips (and combinations thereof!):

1. Shoot Wide Open
Set your aperture to a low f/stop. As most photographers know, this very shallow depth of field powerfully separates the subject from the background, but(…)

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how to shoot in full sun by Sarah Vaughn

4 ways to shoot beautiful photos in full sun

Beach photography: Splashing children laughing in the waves. Couples kissing surrounded by nothing but white sand, deep blue sky and turquoise sea. It should be the perfect recipe for dreamy photos, except for one thing. Most often, beach photography equals full, unforgiving, unfiltered sunlight. For many photographers, this can be a scary proposition. Most natural light photographers prefer a session of softly lit fields or open shade, for good reason. But though tricky, full sun comes with its own rewards.(…)

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day in the life photography challenge

7 reasons you need to photograph a day in your life

In January 2012, Clickin Moms posted our first “Day in the Life” photo essay featuring CMpro Sara Seeton. The response was so wonderful that we turned the concept into a Click magazine feature. Now we are challenging you to join in!

*images by Alana Rasbach
This month, let’s see a day in YOUR life!

In addition to yielding a meaningful collection of memories, the Day in the Life project is a great way to hone your photographic skills. Here are some of the(…)

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how to photograph your significant other tutorial by Sarah Wilkerson

How to photograph your love, spouse, or significant other

This month, I’d like to challenge you to include your significant other in the frame. I understand that many spouses (mine included!) may resist your efforts a bit. However, you don’t necessarily need him to pose for you, and perhaps he just doesn’t realize how important it is to you (and will one day be to your children) to have a visual record of his presence, the way he looks, and the way he loves his family… so talk to(…)

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high iso color photography creativity exercise tutorial

5 tips for incredible high ISO color photography

This month, we’re going to shoot images at ISO 3200 or higher. If your camera doesn’t go up to ISO 3200, then shoot at the highest ISO available. If your camera happens to handle high ISO remarkably well (I’m talking to you, fellow D4 owners), embrace the spirit of the exercise and push yourself outside of the comfort zone with ISO 6400, 12800, and beyond. And remember – high ISO doesn’t have to be confined to low light work; set(…)

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small subject, big world creative photography tutorial

4 tips for more dramatic environmental portraits

This month, we’ll focus on photographing the immensity of the world around us. Think about emphasizing the height, breadth, or depth of the environment and the elements therein. In many cases, this means shooting landscapes, cityscapes, or other wide angle approaches to nature or architecture.

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Let’s take big world shooting a step further. Once you identify the scope of the environment you’ll be shooting, find a way to enhance the enormity of that environment by incorporating(…)

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