20 Useful Photography Techniques for Snapping Beautiful Pictures

There are literally endless of ways to take photographs. Since the digital single-lens reflex camera entered the market the Internet has exploded with photography trends and techniques. If you look hard, there are also very good tutorials and articles discussing these techniques. We have gathered 20 great articles that we found interesting, maybe you will like them too?

The featured photo of this post is the colorful Chevy Chase, by Josh Libatique.

  • High-Dynamic-Range Photography

    High-dynamic-range (aka HDR) is a technique used to allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This technique yields vivid images by bringing the most details possible.

  • Photographing Fireworks

    Firework photography presents some technical challenges. Learning how to photograph fireworks successfully needs quite a different approach to most other subjects, but follow these few steps carefully and you will be successful.

  • Using Overlays in non-Lensbaby Photography

    The concept of an overlay involves taking two photographs and blending them together (in camera or with software) by adjusting the opacity of one or both images.

  • Underwater Photography

    Underwater photography combines the challenges of (1) trying to make an aesthetic statement that hasn’t been made by thousands of photographers who’ve dedicated decades of their life to the craft, with (2) trying to stay alive. Read more below to learn how to master the techniques of underwater photography.

  • Adding Emotion and Feeling To Photographs

    One thing that makes a great photo is its ability to convey emotion. Emotion in a photograph, or any work of art, is what helps a viewer connect with a piece if that emotion is prevalent in the viewer. Happiness and joy, sorrow and despair, these are some of the easier emotions as they are universally felt, at one time or another, by all on this planet.

  • Low Angle Photography

    Low angle shots give us a different view on the world. Most of our lives are spent well above ground level and by the time we are teenagers we rarely spend much time down low any more. Yet there is a whole world down there!! Plus the forced perspective brings a boring, everyday scene into new light when done right. So what are some tips on taking great low angle shots?

  • Diffraction and Starbursts Effects in Photography

    Starburst effects can add an interesting element to a photograph. In a dark, moody scene, it can add a dreamy, peaceful twinkle to the lights. In a daytime scene, a starburst effect from the sun can add drama and interest to otherwise uneventful skies.

  • Slow Shutter Speed Photography

    For many photographers, darkness is their worst enemy. After getting a basic understanding of how cameras work, the next things photographers must understand is how to operate in low light. Most new cameras have advanced dedicated flashes (sometime built into them), which can make dark situations easier to shoot in. But almost all modern cameras also have slow shutter speed settings that extend to eight seconds or beyond.

  • Camera Toss Photography

    Camera Toss Photography is an amazing new trend that captures light in its most abstract form. As the name suggests, it involves throwing your camera in the air while taking a photo. Here’s what to consider when trying it out for yourself.

  • Nightclub Photography

    You don’t need fancy, high end, expensive equipment for nightclub photography. Any decent prosumer level DSLR kit and a flashgun that’s fully compatible with the camera body and supports i-TTL (Nikon) or E-TTL (Canon) modes will do.

  • High Key Flower Photography

    Flowers are a beautiful and popular subject, but taking photos of them outdoors is often a frustrating process. You have to wait until the flowers are in bloom before you can even start, and then you are at the mercy of the light and weather. But there’s an easy way to take photos of flowers at any time of the year, no matter where you live – take them indoors, where you can control the light and the background.

  • Tilt-Shift Photography

    Learn how to create the famous tilt-shift effect in Adobe Photoshop.

  • Food Photography

    The rise of minimalist cooking is changing the art of food photography. The following is a look at some of the techniques adopted by photographers to capture the simplicity and the spirit of this modern cuisine.

  • Capture Smoke in Photography

    Investigate some of the post-processing techniques, as well as a few different methods for obtaining certain effects of smoke photography.

  • How To Photograph a Flying Cat

    Cats just love flying, after a long and convincing conversation, I am sure your pet will happily agree to collaborate with you on the photoshoot. Out of all pets, cats are most suited for flying due to their landing abilities. So grab a cat, convince it to fly, and share your shots and experience with us.

  • Painting With Light

    Crank up the shutter and create stunning artworks of light in photos.

  • Creating Time-Lapse Videos from Still Images

    Time lapse photography is basically shooting a lot of images over a given length of time and then cramming them back together into a video that is shorter then that time.

  • Mastering Infrared Photography

    Infrared Light is not visible to the human eye. However, digital camera censors are capable of seeing the whole spectrum. The reason we cannot see infrared light in our photographs is because digital camera manufactures place filters over the censors that fully or partly prevent infrared light from contaminating the image.

  • How to Photograph Fire

  • Understanding The Inverse-Square Law

    In technical terms, an inverse-square law is defined as “any physical law stating that some physical quantity or strength is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source of that physical quantity.” With a definition like that, you’re probably wondering what on earth this could possibly have to do with photography (and no one could blame you). Inverse-square laws apply to many, many things in the world. Today however, we’re only going to be looking at one of them: light.

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