There are photographs and then there are amazing photographs! Fascinating pictures which speak of the photographer’s passion for photography are often a result of perseverance and creative experimenting. Curios snappers have always been innovating varied styles of photography to add a punch to their pictures. Like all art forms, photography too, is limited only by your imagination. Here are a few styles that will inspire you to stretch your creativity and experiment with your clicks!
Street photography is seldom done to record newsworthy events and mostly gives a glimpse of the creative mind of the photographer, capturing a part of history in the process. The subjects, generally are unaware and random and clicked whilst in the middle of an everyday activity. In fact, the frame does not necessarily have to include a person at all. Be it a picture of a random bicycle or a blissfully oblivious kid playing – in street photography, it’s the perspective and the timing chosen by the photographer that can convey the art in ordinary.
Time Lapse Photography:
A Time-lapse, a kind of long exposure photography, is an interesting technique which captures the movement of the subject over time. The subjects chosen are those which move imperceptibly and slowly over a span of time, which is why stars make for a popular subject in this style of photography. With a perfectly steady camera, some experimenting and a great deal of patience, this photography technique can be pulled off effectively. And all the efforts are worth it as time-lapse photographs are simply surreal and beautifully intriguing!
A refreshing way of capturing precious moments, candid photography gives best results when the subject is unaware. As opposed to the conventional style of clicking pictures where the subject is asked to pose, candid photography aims at capturing genuine emotions and unrehearsed smiles, giving photographs which are priceless. To click the best spontaneous photos it’s best to place yourself strategically, use long zoom, turn off the flash and opt for continuous shooting mode to get multiple shots from which you can choose.
This style requires a photographer to capture regular, inanimate objects with an aesthetic appeal. Abstract photography is all about color, shape, pattern and texture and the subject to be chosen can only be intuitively identified. Interesting abstract photographs all have subjects clicked from an unusual perspective which makes them difficult to be recognized and pleasantly perplexing.
Black and White Photography:
Black and white photographs are timeless and can tell a powerful story! An all-time favorite, this style, allows you to deliver either a subtle, classic effect or a strong, dramatic one. Since there’s no distraction of color it easily draws the observer’s attention to the subject itself. Though seemingly simple, producing a striking B&W image is a delightful challenge. Playing with contrast and shadows is a must-do for this one. If you usually work with color, clicking in color and then converting in B&W can do the trick!
Photographs clicked between dusk and dawn can be very impactful. Photographers can work with long exposure or they can opt for an artificial light source. As night time offers pronounced reflections and shadows it lets the camera capture surprising details of a scene. Nocturnal photographers rave about the depth of the colors that can be achieved in an image by applying this style.
Miniature Faking Photography:
This one’s a relatively newer style to experiment. Life-size scenes are altered to look like miniature models of themselves. To click good “miniatures” the camera needs to be manipulated and a tilt-shift technique is used. Photos taken from a height, looking down a scene have good depth which is vital for the effect. While taking the shot, the lens needs to be tilted with respect to the back of the camera and shifted which involves lateral movement of the lens.
By tricking your eyes with an optical illusion, images of Forced Perspective photography can surely amuse you! Objects either seem bigger or smaller and farther or closer than they actually are. To pull-off fun pictures you would first need to work on the depth of the scene and the distance to the camera. Experimenting is the key.
Motion Blur Photography:
This genre of photography gives amazing pictures depicting speed. A moving subject is captured using shutter drag or by panning the camera which involves moving the camera in the direction of motion while clicking the picture. To get the desired effect, the photographer can either choose to blur the background of the subject or the subject itself.