With all the different photo editing programs and apps available today, it’s easier than ever to add cool special effects and trick photo illusions to your favorite photos into an ‘otherworldly’ appeal.
Various other amazing effects can be achieved by making adjustments to the shutter speed. With these tips, even the most amateur photographer can make their photos look professional.
Tip No. # 1: light painting techniques
By slowing down your camera’s shutter speed and using it in a night setting in conjunction with a flashlight, you can create some really cool and cool special effects.
Just shake the flashlight, pointing it at the subject of the photo and occasionally pointing it directly at the camera lens. What it will end up with will appear as if the light is painted on the entire photo.
Tip No. 2: drawing techniques with light
Drawing with light is similar to painting with light, but it differs because the design is more specific.
Hold the camera about five meters from the subject and set the shutter speed to about 30 seconds. Using a flashlight or other light source, start making your pattern or design.
If you are drawing something simple, like a basic shape, you may want to go over the pattern several times. If it’s more complicated, just go through the pattern just once, slowly enough to get the effect you want.
Tip No. # 3: using flash templates in photography
Using a flash template on your photos will give you a cool special effect. To do this, you will need a box, a sturdy white piece of paper on which to make a template or pre-made stencil, and an external flash source for the light.
Cut out an area of the box so that you can place the template in it. Glue the template in place. Then, on one side of the case, cut a hole large enough for the external flash to enter. This will make the flash illuminate the patterned area.
Set the shutter speed to about 30 seconds, and then move within the area where you want the stamped image to appear. Remember not to stay too still or stay in one place for too long, or partial images of your body may end up in the photo along with the template.
Tip No. 4: motion blur effects
Motion blur images are one of the most popular types of stunt photography and special effects available. To capture the essence of movement, while at the same time a subject in the photo appears in focus, there are a few tricks you can use.
One option is to freeze the entire image by shooting with a shutter speed of approximately one thousandth of a second. Another way to achieve motion blur is to pan over your subject, following it while everything else around you continues to move. Another option is to make your subject stay still while you focus on them and things blur around them.
Tip # 5 Double exposure special effects
When attempting a double exposure effect, take two slightly underexposed images. These images will then be combined to create a double exposure image.
Overlapping images will overlap in the finished product, so try to match them so that everything looks smooth and natural apart from the subject you want to look slightly unnatural and stand out.
Tip No. 6 HDR Photo Effects
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and involves taking one or a series of images and combining or adjusting them after processing. Usually this works by using three images of the exact scene, all taken with different shutter speeds.
With special software, you can combine these images to enhance highlights and details, such as shadows. This helps the photographer to achieve the full effect of the scene as it would be seen by the naked eye.
Tip # 7 The Bokeh effect
As the last on our list of 7 types of photography with tricks and special effects, this one can be achieved using a DSLR camera and wide aperture settings. Set the camera to A or AV mode and use a low f-number (lower f-number = larger aperture) for a shallow depth of field.
Using a fixed focal lens will also help create the Bokeh effect. Keeping the subject very close to the lens and the background as far away as possible works to create the most effective Bokeh shot.
There is good news for the point-and-shoot camera user too, as photo effects programs and even downloadable apps for an iPhone or other mobile device are available to give you the Bokeh effect without all the extra work or special equipment.
All of these methods will give you the soft, circular light patterns that Bokeh is known for.
Many of these deceptive photography methods can be achieved simply by adjusting the shutter speed. The shutter controls how much light is allowed into the camera, which can greatly affect how the photograph is exposed, as well as the final result of the shot.
It’s important to note that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your ordinary photos look extraordinary.