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Taking artistic photos is all about seeing the world around you in a different way than “the average person” These photos need to be composed in such a manner that they intrigue and fascinate the viewer. There is a number of ways to achieve this like for instance using photography techniques such as painting with light or simply taking the shot from an interesting angle…
Painting with light is a creative technique enjoyed and used by amateurs and professionals alike. Take a look at the photo of the guitar fretboard lit with different lines of colour. Photography in it’s most basic form is all about light, capturing light with film or on a digital sensor. Without light there would be no photography, end of story. So when we use the technique painting with light we basically use external light sources in a dark environment (anything from laser pointers, fire and torches with coloured cellophane to create different effects) So the guitar was placed in a dark studio and we used a mid depth of field (roundabout f8.0) and a slow shutter speed (30 seconds – to give you enough time to change the coloured cellophane on the torch and neatly run the light all along the subject) and viola!
As for interesting angles, the photo of the Liqui-Fruit bottle was taken on a lightbox (with raspberries carefully placed all around) and from right above to create this interesting looking image.
So you see, it’s really not that difficult, all you need to do is think out of the box and let your creativity run free…