Photography Techniques

Photography Techniques to Try Today

9 Photography Techniques to Try Today

Get out of your creative rut and find some inspiration by exploring all the things your camera is capable of.  Learning and practicing new photography techniques is a great way to learn more about your camera. Getting out of your comfort zone is also a great way to improve your skill set as a photographer. Learning new photography techniques can awaken inspiration and doors to worlds unseen with the naked eye.

Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds means the object or person you’re taking a picture of isn’t centered; instead it’s off to one side. This draws the viewer’s eye to the entire makeup of photograph instead of just looking straight at the center of it. New photographers often shoot an object dead on. Instead use the rule of thirds to give your photograph an element of drama and creativity.  You can use the grid lines on your camera (even on your iPhone) to guide you. Grid lines divide your viewpoint into nine equal parts using two horizontal lines and two vertical ones. Line the horizon up with the bottom grid line and line up the object you’re shooting inside either the right or left section of the grid.

rule of thirds

Rule of Thirds Grid lines

High Angle Shots

Taking high-angle shots is a photography technique where you take a picture from a high perspective as if looking down on your subject.  Using high angle shots create a dramatic effect and make your subject look smaller, vulnerable, or less powerful- giving your picture an emotional impact. The focal point of the picture is often overwhelmed by the background of the setting surrounding it when high angle photography techniques are used properly.

high angle photo

High Angle Shot

Low Angle Shots

Low angle is the opposite of high angle- by taking a picture of an object or person from below looking upwards you create an aura of power and strength. It’s one of many photography techniques that when used can influence the viewers emotions.


Low Angle Shot


bokeh (/ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh is defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. In Layman’s terms, Bokeh is the soft, out-of-focus, background that you get from shooting a subject using a fast lens and a wide aperture setting such as f/2.8 or wider.



Lens Flare

Lens flare happens when bright light is scattered or flared in a lens creating a halo or sunburst type effect. The light is scattered by the imaging mechanism through internal reflections caused by imperfections in the lens itself. Lenses with large numbers of elements such as zoom lenses tend to give you a greater lens flare, since they have a lot of internal mechanisms that light can reflect off.  You can create beautiful effects when using this intentionally. Conversely, if lens flare is unwanted it can be avoided by using photo filters or a hood to block bright light sources.


Lens Flare

Dynamic Tension

Dynamic tension is the technique of using energy and movement within the frame to draw the eye off the subject in contrasting directions. It’s a technique using a variety of framing approaches to create dynamic elements in a photograph to draw and provoke the viewer’s eyes. When the focus of an image is in the center of the frame with nothing but a foreground and other boring elements, the brain perceives it as static, and it has no visual appeal. You can create visual or dynamic tension by using leading lines, the rule of thirds, or strong, isolated focal points.  All of these can create a more dynamic photograph more interesting to the viewer’s eye.


Dynamic Tension

Light Painting

There are several photography techniques you can use to create light painting in your photos.  You can achieve cool effects by moving a hand-held light source or the camera to illuminate a subject while taking long exposure shots. Additionally, using long exposure settings while shooting moving light sources will produce similar effects. Awesome artistic effects are created using this technique by both amateur and commercial photographers alike. Light painting is difficult to perfect but can produce amazing results.


Light Painting

Slow Sync Flash

Slow Sync Flash is shooting with both flash and long exposure times giving your photos a cool, ghosting effect.  Normal camera settings give you two options. The first is shooting with fast shutter speeds and flash on, illuminating your subject quickly. The second is shooting with flash off and long exposure times. This allows the sensor to gather enough light to illuminate your subject.  Slow Shutter Sync gives you the ability to create awesome effects by using both a slow shutter speed (longer exposure time) and flash. Not all cameras give you the ability to tweak your settings this way, although some have a ‘party mode’ or ‘night mode’ you can play with.


Slow Sync Flash

Shallow DoF

Shallow or Small Depth of Field is a photography technique using a very large aperture setting (ex. f/1.8), so that areas in front of and behind the focus point are very shallow. That means that objects right in front and right behind the object you’re shooting are already going out of focus. You can alter your depth of field by adjusting your aperture setting. Larger aperture settings equal shallower depth of field and vice versa. Shallow depth of field will draw the viewers’ attention to one portion of your photograph focusing solely on that object.


Shallow Depth of Field

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As a photographer, there are few things more satisfying than mastering a new photography technique. Learning new photography techniques can open up new possibilities, provide endless potential for inspiration, and can even help to get you out of a creative rut. Ready to discover some new techniques that you may not have known your camera was capable of?

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