How to get creative with photography

Learning the basics of photography and taking some gorgeous shots can be exhilarating, but when it comes to becoming more experimental or using different techniques, it can be hard to know where to start. Keeping a few ideas in mind can help you jazz up your pictures, either while you take them or after while editing.

One great way to give your photographs more depth and interest is to change the angle. Most people take pictures, either of objects, landscapes, or people, from eye-height. However, crouching down or taking a picture from above can completely change the feel of the final image. A shot from up high gives a different, broader perspective, while a shot from down low adds drama and can make objects or people feel larger.

When it comes to adding drama, using a double exposure is also a great idea. Double exposures are two pictures layered over each other so that some pieces of each show. This can be done subtly to add a bit of depth or a different texture, or it can be done overtly, creating new, fantastic patterns or images in the picture. Creating photos with double exposures can either be done in a dark room or on picture editing software.

Most people are taught that a steady hand is crucial when it comes to photography, and for the most part, it is. However, moving your camera purposefully while you take a photo can add a lot of creativity to the photo. A motion blur implies action and can make some photographs feel more alive or personal. Zooming while taking a picture over a longer exposure can create a similar effect. Zooming can also add a lot of depth and helps to draw the eye to the main subject of the photo, slightly blurring the background.