photographic techniques

There are a lot of ways to take a photo that is for sure. And we certainly love portrait photography.

But today there are a number of techniques that are in popular use, and for a reason. They work.

So in this blog post we are going to take a look at four of the most popular photographic techniques.

Panoramic Photos

Panoramic photography is a great example of a photographic method that has definitely become a lot easier as the technology has improved.

It used to be that you had to manually paste photos together on paper. Or stitch photos together in Photoshop. Not anymore. Now cameras can do this with a simple panning motion (even the latest smart phones are doing it).

Basically a panoramic shot is one taken over a very wide angle. There are no specific rules, but the results speak for themselves.

Macro Photography

Macro photography has been popular since the lenses that were needed became available. I mean who doesn’t want to shoot things close up and capture nature like it has never been seen.

There’s something quite crazy about seeing simple objects in a very close up kind of fashion. You are basically seeing things you have never seen before, or at least in a way you have not thought of. Things really do appear totally different when they are shot up close!

The best macro results are of course found when you use the right equipment. Some modern cameras can do a good job with a cheap lens, but nothing beats the real thing. So if you are serious about this, then invest a little money you won’t regret it.

Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography has  taken off of late due to the improvement in technology that helps take the guesswork out of this kind of photography. Whereas before, it was the realm of experts, now almost anyone can get into it.

Basically you are holding your shutter open for long periods of time to capture a scene that either you could not in low light, or to freeze motion like in a waterfall. There are many different reasons for using this technique.

What you need to use is definitely a tripod to eliminate shake when your shutter is open for a long time. What also helps, if you are looking to shoot something that is not in low light, but you want a long shutter speed is an ND filter. This basically decreases the light in a neutral fashion

 

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and is a reference to the large range of light and dark within a given scene. Before HDR techniques became popular, you basically could not capture all of the information in such scenes.

The problem arises from the fact that cameras do not have the dynamic range of our own eyes. Where we are able to see a much wider range of colors and light levels, a camera cannot.

But if you take multiple photos at different exposure levels, of the same scene, then you can recreate this effect with a camera. The final touches are obviously done in post-processing on the computer where the images are put together.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of fantastic and useful techniques available in photography today. Just a little thought, and you can use them to your own advantage and create some great photos too.

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