5 Creative Photography Techniques to Take More Interesting Pictures

Hello Photoion students and photography fans. Today we’ve got an article looking at some creative photography techniques that you can use to take more interesting photographs.

We all know how important the pillars of photography such as lighting and composition are; and how using them correctly can produce stunning photography. But sometimes you want to give your image that extra wow factor. These tips will help you do just that!

1. Panning (Motion Blur)

5 Creative Photography Techniques - Panning

Panning – motion blur – Image by Ion Paciu

This technique is for showing movement in your photographs. It’s often used in sports, street and wildlife photography, and it shows a moving subject against a blurred background.

To achieve this effect you want to set your shutter speed to a longer time then usual. This gives you the best possible chance to capture the movement of the background in your photograph.

As your subjects approaches you, you want to begin capturing the subject by following your subject as they pass.

This will create the motion blur effect, and is a brilliant way to capture the feeling of movement in a photograph.

You’re best off using a wide angle lens so that you can dimmish the camera shake as much as possible. Set your focus area on one focus point so that you maintain a good contact with the subject while you are panning your camera. You can learn more about this photographic technique on our beginners photography course.

2. Light Trails

You’ll no doubt have seen a light trail photograph in the past. They are especially common for night photography in cities as the headlights of the passing cars create great light trails.

Obviously for this technique you’ll need to obtain a slow shutter speed. You want the longest shutter speed possible and you can achieve this by closing your aperture as much as possible .

A tripod is a must for this exposure technique. The aim is to have the camera capturing the image for a long period of time and there is no way you could hold your camera perfectly steady for that long.

Your location will also play a huge part in your final image. You want to choose a location where your subjects, usually cars, will be passing frequently and they don’t stop; so busy roads and motorways are best for this technique.

By selecting locations where the only light source is the headlights of the vehicles themselves, you can create the illusions of trails of light winding through the darkness. You can learn how to achieve this technique hands on practising with our tut