Most of us who only take occasional pictures, like the ones of family events or of new babies, typically leave the camera on automatic or on it’s default settings, but if you were given the knowledge of how to work your DSLR manually to make cool photo effects for your photographs would you use it? Can you imagine what kinds of pictures you could take if you increased the length of time the shutter was open and you were photographing a moving cars’ tail lights, you would end up with long glowing red lines. You may have gotten a picture like this before, but that was accidental, this time, you planned. Here is a major bonus, you don’t need a really expensive DSLR to make cool photo effects only one you can operate manually.
The gear is less important than the ideas and if someone showed you specific things about your camera you could take that knowledge and apply it to any subject matter you wished. Like any artistic endeavour, you learn the fundamentals and your only limitation is your own imagination. Getting back to the shutter speed, imagine this, put some coloured lights on a moving swing with the shutter speed open that would look very cool.
Or taking a picture of an object and then while the shutter is open you move a light, (like a flashlight) in a pattern, photographing the light trails, it’s called light painting, now that is a cool photo effect. The great thing about digital photography is, if you don’t like how the photo’s turned out you delete them, no harm no foul, and no expensive development fees.
There is another cool photo effect called HDR photography and you can do this with manual settings on your camera. You would use this technique to gain more detail than is possible with only one photo. With your camera mounted on a tripod, you take 3 photos of the same location, using three different exposures, over exposed, under exposed and normal, then using software designed for it you merge the 3 shots together and make one awesome HDR photograph, that shows some spectacular detailing.
3D images are another cool photo effect you can make with a DSLR camera. Use it to create perspective tricks, and even infra red techniques to make eye catching shots. Learning about your camera will amaze your family and friends so much they will wonder when you had time to take a professional photography course.
There are many photo artists who use these cool photo effects in their art and you can learn to do this as well.
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