Photo: Shadows are an excellent opportunity for impactful shots. Shutterstock
8. There is no limitation on how to photograph your jewelry.
Just grab your favorites and start experimenting! Rings, bracelets, necklaces, or any other items should work. If they have anything that may catch the light, make sure they are clean and angle the lighting correctly to see their details. Add in props like makeup brushes or more natural elements like flowers, roses, or even branches and leaves – nature is calming, and we have a subconscious draw to it.
If you’d prefer to stay away from props, add elements that will draw the eye with sparkles, like an intriguing backdrop or stage for your jewelry. Placing the lighting above you at an angle is probably best to avoid casting a shadow while still catching a nice reflection. Play around with how to hang your jewelry – you can try to display it creatively for the photo.
7. Old wooden toolboxes can be an excellent subject for photography.
Photography doesn’t always need soft, pretty things for photos to turn out great. Play with light and dark to convey the hardness of the tools. That can also fit into the vintage or retro stylistic approach; old toolboxes can take a beating, and it’s appealing to see, for some reason.
You can even vary the toolbox’s contents and add unexpected items in the toolbox to defy expectations and add a twist! Use your photo editing software for additional filters. Black and white filtering on photos like this could be an excellent editing choice. You can also tone down everything else’s colors and brighten the toolbox’s colors to make it stand out even more in your photo.
6. Vary your key arrangement and even lay them flat without keychains to create patterns for a unique photo.
To draw in the eye, place the keys in the center of the photo diagonally. Since keys typically do not have many bold patterns, you can go crazy with the background and change it up. In your photo editing software, you can create additional effects too. You could even create a levitating key as you did with the levitating camera!
Add a ribbon or a chain around a key for a romantic effect, and drop rose petals around it for maximum romance. Maybe it’s your first house or apartment key, and you want to preserve this memory with a unique photo! Show your friends and they will probably give you rave reviews of your awesome photography skills as well as your cool editing ideas.
5. There is something very alluring about wine bottles. Labels are explicitly designed to pull you in, so why not take advantage of that?
Wine bottles and their labels are meant to be pleasing to the eye, so if you have a favorite brand, take pictures of it! If you have a collection of wine bottles, line them up in a row and take shots at angles. Experimenting with their curves and lighting will give you an idea of what your favorite style is.
If you prefer, take a picture of the wine pouring into a wine glass. Like the water splash shots, you will need a high-speed shutter for that shot. Either way, make sure that your lighting source is not causing you or your camera to reflect in the glass or bottle.
4. Candle-lit photos are great shots for portraits regardless of the age of the subject.
Candlelight is a warm-toned light that creates a sensitive, almost hushed atmosphere. The main thing to watch out for is the shadows they can cast on your photo, but that can be negated with other light sources out of frame or more candles (as long as you are cautious!).
You can enhance the brightness and warmth or coolness of the light if needed, post-shoot in your photo editing software. You can also make flames look more robust in the software, though you will want to be careful not to get too overzealous. Fake flames can look a bit, well, fake, if not done correctly, and take away from the overall image. If you are otherwise happy with your photo, avoid retouching it.
3. Even the most common things can provide stunning images, as you can see above.
Pour a glass of your soft drink of choice, though a dark one is preferred for this kind of shot, and knock yourself out! Carbonation tends to fizzle away after a while, though, so you’d better get to work quickly. The longer the drink is exposed to open air, the longer the carbonation has to bubble to the top and escape. Then you will be left with a container of flat, dark liquid – and who wants a photo of that?
Mineral or sparkling water works just as well here, and there are several variations of soft drinks with different colors,” brown, orange, and “clear,” to mention a few mainstream options. You could even gradually dilute a dark tint and line up different variations of your science experiment. However, you probably will not want to drink those glasses after the photoshoot is over.
2. Milk baths have been all the rage lately, and you can customize your own however you want to.
Milk baths are becoming increasingly popular for pregnant women and babies, so why not jump on the bandwagon? Add whichever flowers you like the colors of, fresh or fake. Be cognizant of the color palette, the milk or liquid’s opacity, and the flowers’ placement. Consider incorporating a flower crown if you have a human model or using sliced fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and limes instead of flowers.
If you choose to use fake flowers, they may sink, so place some kind of bubble wrap or foam under them so they float. When you are taking your shot, make sure you use your camera strap to avoid giving your camera a milk bath as well. It is best if you use a ladder to get the best angles for the shot.
1. Who doesn’t want an organized pantry with alphabetized spices?
If you are a magical unicorn who already has an alphabetized, color-coded pantry, please go ahead and photograph it now as proof. The mix of satisfaction and envy is a pretty heady one! If not, maybe do a before and after shot and use this idea as motivation!
Once you have taken the picture, do not forget that you can play with it in your photo editing software to see what colors you can saturate further – spices have gorgeous colors, and they should be as vibrant as possible while keeping their realism! Enjoy taking your photos and playing around with these editing tricks. You probably learned a lot of tips that you can try out at your own house.