Sunday, October 28, 2012

Take Pictures Like A Pro With These Simple Photography Tricks And Styles


Tired of pretending to like your Facebook friends' photos even when their not that good? It's exactly how they felt about yours, too.

Take stunning pictures without resorting to photo manipulation using Photoshop, LightRoom and other heavy-weight applications. These simple tricks and styles guarantee you to achieve desired extraordinary results without the skills and technical abilities every professional photographer has.

Forced Perspective

Using forced perspective technique in photography allows you to distort how the viewers see the whole picture. It creates an optical illusion where the object in question may look nearer, farther, bigger or smaller than it actually is. This technique usually employs angling and positioning the camera in relation to the subject of the picture in a different and scaled manner compared to the usual point and click photos.

Examples of forced perspective:

Moment and Exact Timing

Catching some rare moments and immortalizing them through pictures are a little hard to do. But when one is able to capture these sometimes never-to-be-repeated instances, it will always be rewarding. It requires sharp eyes, quick fingers and a lot of memorization of some patterns of events. This technique is usually evident in photos that use motion and speed as their main ingredients.

Examples of moment and exact timing:

Altered Placement and Distorted Reality

Placement of the subject in the photo sometimes creates illusions also, but it does not really require much angling, scaling and positioning of the camera. It is also under forced perspective. Sometimes it is just a little play on how you view the picture -- rotating it may seem to create some fantastic effects. Presenting photos in an upside down or right-side left manners sometimes creates intriguing result for your viewers.

Examples of altered placement and distorted reality:

Use of Natural Shadows and Lightings

The use of shadows and lightings can usually be seen in silhouette photography, along with pictures that have something to do with fireworks, darkness and daylight sparkles. Instead of capturing the image of the actual subject, why not frame its shadows in the picture? It would be more mysterious that could trigger curiosity among those who see it.

Examples of photos that uses natural shadows and lightings:

Use of Mirrors and Reflections

Reflections can create some bizarre images even if the subjects are just the common things around you. The best source of reflections are sometimes found in nature: bodies of water, lustrous metals and reflective glasses. Each of them creates different classes and varieties of reflections that when used and captured properly create some mind-bloggling photos your friends would surely love.

Examples of photos using the power of reflection:

Now that you know these tricks and styles in photography, it's better to keep them to your self and impress your friends with your outputs.

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the pictures used in this post as they belong to their respective owners and copyright holders.