For example think about macro or lichen on a rock, eyes in portraits, moss on a tree branch, architectural features in buildings and other structures and maybe the foreground in your landscapes. Anything goes, so get out there and look for and capture the small things that can make a difference to your shots.
Depth of field is the player here. A great chance to work on bokeh or really look for a great foreground object in your image. Macro is a good option here as well, as you can get a very close up and crisp image while still capturing the story over the edge of the subject.
The rule of thirds is the theme. Try to achieve this with minimal cropping or none at all. Get your focal point in the sweet spot to the left or right, but don’t forget to take notice of the subject’s surroundings. Composition and placement is key. Really work on different angles if needed to capture the shot.
TIPS: You might be able to set up a grid in your viewfinder to aid with subject positioning.
Now’s the time to capture some black and white or monochrome images. Look for shots that you think will work well in black and white or monochrome. Even better, if you have the in-camera option, set it to take black and white right away and save yourself the post-processing step. You can then see the results as you take it.
The goal here is to take your images based on light(s). Examples range from light sources using your in camera flash or external flash, to actually taking images of light and adjusting your aperture to get some flares. It’s a low light time of year so we need to get creative. TIPS: The higher your aperture, the more flare you can get from a light source. If working with flash, try bouncing it off a wall rather than directly at your subject if possible.
It’s that time of year when we would all like to see some saturation and intensity of colours. Many houses and businesses are lit up for the holiday season and make for great photo opportunities or maybe you would like to choose just one colour and focus on that. With a little post processing, you can make your colours pop. Another great opportunity for this theme is to take some HDR images.
This one is a real adventure for the eyes. Look for some leading lines in your shots. Focus on your composition and how angle effects how you want the image viewed. Don’t forget to move around to get the shot you want. If it’s possible, try getting low. This can really change the dynamic of the image.
Here’s a chance to focus on, well, not being in focus…
Try some intentional blurring or distortions and get creative. Or, this is also a great opportunity to achieve some bokeh. Get that background nice and blurred.
Get your tripod ready! Now is the time (pun intended) to work on your shutter speeds and long exposures. August is a great time of year for meteor showers and star trails. Maybe try some light painting. Fall storm brewing? Get ready for some lightening!
Find the good or upside in a not so ideal situation. Maybe you got some spectacular shots during the fires or floods. An unfortunate circumstance, but looking at the glass half full state of mind you got some good shots. Maybe you were stuck in quarantine…no fun, right?! Or maybe you’re sipping some tea and the glass was literally half full and you took a photo.
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