There are times when you photograph that you must be spontaneous and creative. Knowing how to use lights, a flash, and your camera settings will help you take great images. Whichever situation you find yourself in, these 6 photography tricks will help you take better images.
1- Long Exposure
Long exposure photography captures action really slow while keeping the background still. The longest exposure shots are taken at night to capture the starts and landscape. To accomplish this trick, secure your camera on a tripod and connect the camera to a shutter release and/or use a remote control like an RC-6.
- Set the camera ISO according to the location/scene.
ISO’s can range from 12,800 to 50. The ISO should be set according to how dark or light the background is.
- Set the Shutter Priority Mode (Tv).
The shutter is automatically set to 30 seconds or slower. The slower the shutter is set, the longer the exposure.
- Release the shutter by pressing on the remote control.
Pressing the remote control will prevent the camera from shaking when you click on the button. If you don’t have a remote control, then set the camera to the 2-second timer and click on the shutter release cable.
2- Intervalometer & BULB Setting
Intervalometers can capture slow motion and time-lapse movement. They attach to the camera body and control how fast and long the shutter opens and closes. The camera mode must be set to BULB.
- Place a neutral density (ND) filter on the camera lens.
- Set a slow camera ISO (50-200).
- Set a small aperture such as F/22.
- Set the shutter speed to more than a couple of seconds (3.5,5, or higher).
Time-lapse photography is the best way to document events as they happen. One of the most popular uses of the time-lapse is to how a plant grows.
- Set the camera mode to AV (aperture priority)
- Set the camera self-timer, intervelometer, or remote control to every 2 seconds.
- The camera shutter will record intervals of every 2 seconds until you stop the shutter release.
4- Rembrandt Lighting
Rembrandt lighting by the window is a great lighting technique. It brings out a subject’s facial features and expressions. When your subject is by a window, the falling light creates a triangular highlight under the eye of the shadowed area.
- Place the subject by a window.
- Place the main light source to the right or left of the subject.
- Aim the main light source at a 45-degree angle.
- Adjust the light until a small triangle and shadow start to reveal to the side and below the nose.
5- Interesting Backgrounds
Shooting action shots with interesting backgrounds always captivate the viewer. When shooting backgrounds try aiming at trees, buildings, and other objects in diverse perspectives. Position the subject in front of these perpendicular and diagonal angles. For example, you may want to shoot trees with the camera pointing up. The trees will look like arrows pointing up at the sky. You may want to use a wide-angle lens to add to dimensions behind the subject.
6- Flash & Ghosting
Action shots are more interesting when the subject is blurred during the action while the background remains stable. Using the flash while slowing the shutter creates the illusion of a ghost. You can also pan the camera. When you pan, you click on the shutter and move your camera alongside the moving subject. Basically, you are following the subject at the same time.
- Drop the shutter speed one or two stops from the correct action exposure.
- Aim the flash close to the subject.
- Slow down the shutter even more by dropping down one or two stops.
- Set the flash to second-curtain sync to get a ghostly tail.
- Pan alongside the subject during movement.
Try these six easy photography tricks. They are intended as guides to taking amazing images. Once you have the techniques down, your imagination is endless.