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How to Make Your Photography Look Cooler


Photography is an art, and like any other type of art, it can be done in many different ways. For example, some people like to take photos of beautiful scenery or interesting people. Others prefer taking pictures of their pets or even food! There are so many ways that photographers can get creative with their images and make them look really cool.

Long exposure photography


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Long exposure photography is the art of exposing a film or digital camera sensor for an extended period of time, often more than 30 seconds. This can be done by using filters on your lens that allow light to pass through them and expose the film or image sensor for longer periods of time.

Long exposures create beautiful images that show motion trails in water, snowflakes dancing in the wind and other phenomena from nature. You can take advantage of long exposure photography with your smartphone if you have a selfie stick or tripod mount (like this). You may also want to invest in some higher end lenses if you're serious about capturing these types of shots!


Get creative with camera angles

One of the most common ways to get creative with your camera is by using different angles. You can use this trick to make your photos look more interesting and captivating. You can also try shooting from a low angle or high up in the sky, looking down on something or up at it from below, taking photos from inside a car or boat, or even shooting from an airplane!


Lens flare


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Lens flare is a natural occurrence in photography, but it can make for some pretty cool effects. The effect occurs when light from the sun or another source hits your lens and creates an image on film or a digital sensor.

How do you get this effect in your photos? It's simple: take pictures outside during the day with a bright sun behind you. You'll see what looks like stars burning into your photo! It's kind of cool, right?

But there's more than one way to get that magical flare effect. Here are some other ideas:


Light painting


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  • Use a torch or any other light source.

  • Use the long exposure as mentioned above

  • Draw on your photos.

  • Use a flashlight to illuminate your subject, and allow the light to bounce off it as you move around it (like magic!). This will create an effect similar to that of floating in air!

  • This method has been quite popular on Tiktok recently! Feel free to check the app for more tips and tricks on this

Zoom burst technique

  • Use a slow shutter speed to capture the motion.

  • Use a tripod to stabilize the camera.

  • Set your ISO high enough so that you can use a fast shutter speed (1/500 or faster). This will help create blur effects in your photos, but it also means that you'll need to be careful about how bright sunlight is shining on your subject; if there's too much light, then blurred areas may not come out as well as they would if they were exposed properly without being affected by darkness or shadowing first.

Use a slow shutter speed

  • Slow shutter speed is a technique used to create motion blur. It's an effect that most photographers use when they want their subjects' movements to appear in the photo, such as water flowing over rocks or leaves blowing in the wind.

  • To get this effect, you'll need a tripod and a low ISO setting on your camera (or no ISO at all). Also make sure your lens is set wide open so that there are more pixels in focus than usual—you can also try using manual focus before taking each shot for even more control over how blurry or sharp you want it!

Bokeh effect


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What is bokeh?

Bokeh is a phenomenon that occurs when the out-of-focus areas of a photograph are more pleasing to look at than the in-focus areas. This can be achieved by using higher f-stops, wider apertures and longer shutter speeds than what would normally be required for capturing your subject. Bokeh also has an aesthetic quality which makes it aesthetically pleasing to viewers—it creates a flattering effect on portraits as well as landscapes.

How do I create bokeh?

There are basically three ways to create bokeh: manually with your camera's focus setting or manually with Photoshop's radial blur tool (or any other post-processing software); automatically using AI features built into today’s cameras such as Canon’s focus peaking feature; or using third party lenses that have been designed specifically for creating beautiful backgrounds like Nikon’s Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G AF-S G Lens


Create silhouettes of people, objects, and animals.

If you're looking for a way to create a silhouette, the first thing to do is shoot in Manual mode. In this mode, you have full control over exposure and focus settings, giving yourself more options for creating interesting results.

To make sure that your subject stands out from its surroundings, use a tripod and set it up so that the camera is directly above them (or slightly below). This will allow light from behind them to reach the sensor while preventing any glare caused by sunlight passing through their bodies at high angles. Once set up properly, take some shots with varying shutter speeds: try starting at 1/30th of a second and going all the way down until something looks like it's moving across an ocean floor—and then stop! You can also experiment with different ISO settings (higher numbers result in faster shutter speeds) or aperture values (larger openings allow more light into each shot).


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Taking photos doesn't have to be boring!

  • Photography is a great way to express yourself.

  • It's fun, and you can do it anywhere!

  • You don't need expensive equipment or fancy camera angles to make beautiful photos—just find your own style and use it for inspiration.

  • Take pictures of everyday life, or even things that aren't normally considered "photography." For example: a friend walking down the street holding their phone; an old photo hanging on a wall; a sunset reflected in someone's eyes (if they're willing).


All these tricks are easy to do, and they're sure to help you create some awesome photos. We hope you'll try them out!

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