Picture this: you’re an amateur photographer. You want to make an utterly astounding photo, and the only problem is that you don’t exactly know… how. You desperately search for ideas but don’t want to spend thousands on expensive equipment. Believe me, you’re not alone.
After researching this topic, I found several convenient and easy solutions – all done in camera. Now you can achieve your goals without getting bankrupt. If you suck at Photoshop or don’t have any fancy lenses or props follow these instructions on how to make some neat photo effects – no experience needed!
Is it Photoshop? Guess again! There is a very simple way to make a double exposure in-camera by pressing some buttons! This is when you take a picture of a dark silhouette, then layer a lighter background over it. Here’s how: go to the creative button tool and scroll over to multiple exposure. Hit set on function control, scroll down to select image for multiple exposure (this will show you previous images: choose one with a dark silhouette), press OK, then go to the start/stop button. Finally, take a lighter photo to layer. Some cameras allow you to layer more than two photos together so feel free to experiment!
Usually, you would need a tilt-shift lens but there is a way to do it otherwise. Take off the lens and tilt it at a downward angle so that the top of the opening has a gap. The top of the photo will be blurred, resulting in miniature-looking people in your scene or portrait.
Pull-zoom gives a time-travel outcome, like a kind of tunnel. Streaks of the photo melt together, Set your shutter speed to ½ – ⅓ of a second. Now you just have to take the picture. Press the shutter (wait a bit), then turn the zoom while shooting.
In tracking, you are literally tracking your main element with the camera. It is widely used in sports photography. First, raise the aperture. Set the shutter speed to 1/20 – 30 of second and move the camera at roughly the same speed as the object you want to be in focus. Everything else will blur out, making it look like the object is still in motion, even in the picture! This effect could be used on cars, birds, joggers, or just about anything that is moving.
Shooting through things
This effect is uncomplicated and straight-forward but has stunning end results. It’s simple but raises your photography level. Have some obstacle up close and the main element clear: like your spying on somebody(or something)!
Bokeh is when the light in the background is in circular or hexagonal shapes. I think it looks funky and stylish and it could look good with a Christmas tree (or other things that have a light source). Turn on Aperture Priority mode (AV), turn the dial to the widest aperture, change ISO to auto, zoom in to the maximum. You could always have only lights in your picture and nothing else, then unfocus the lens until your happy with the result. Now take the shot! If your light source is the sun, it is recommended that it is hidden behind something and light beams are shining through, just not the actual sun.