9 creative photo ideas to try in April 2015

As part of our ongoing series to help you get more creative with your digital camera, each month we publish some fun, seasonal, creative photo ideas to help inspire your imagination. Along with some amazing images, we’ve also provided some quick photography tips by both amateur and professional photographers who are experts in these fields.

We’re kicking off April with a new list of exciting photo projects like brooding landscapes, portraits of mothers and babies, creative forests and even selling your images!

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Photography Composition Tips: How to Tell a More Compelling Story

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. That means that your photographs should be a great way for you to communicate. The question is, do your photographs communicate the right thousand words to tell your story?

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“Franklin Ave” captured by Seth Herald (Click Image to See More From Seth Herald)

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Forced Perspective Photography Projects

As the rise in popularity of forced perspective photography continues to grow, we’re seeing more and more creative examples of the art form. Pause for a moment and see if you can figure out how this photo was captured without Photoshop (the answer is below):
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Travel Photography Tips to Remember

Each place that you visit has its own peculiar ambiance. If you want your travel photographs to look exceptionally good, you should try to capture the unique character and features of that place. The snapshots should not only trigger your memories but should also easily communicate to others the captivating vim and vigor of the location.

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How to Create a Simple Slideshow in Lightroom

In this article I’ll show you how to create a simple slideshow in Lightroom, and point out some of the more advanced customization features Read more →


Photoshop Trick: Sharpen High ISO Images Without Adding Noise

Usually, sharpening and de-noising an image seem to work against each other — sharpening adds noise but makes your photo more crisp, de-noising removes noise but makes it softer. Using this simple technique, you can have the best of both worlds (within reason, of course). Read more →

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4 Tips for Creating Portraits with Impact

We can continue to produce countless portraits that are stale and void of visual power, or we can step back, evaluate our work, and begin to strategically create portraits that do have impact. Whether you are shooting on location or in a studio, begin adding some punch to your portraiture to captivate your audience. immediately. Read more →


It’s Your Image – Do What you Like to it

Manipulating Photos

So many times we hear people saying that they want to take the perfect image straight from the camera, but even in the days of film every image was manipulated to some extent in the darkroom. When working in the darkroom not every photo was printed exactly the same. They were all given different exposure times, or different levels of magenta for contrast (I only printed black and white) to get the best result. You could also dodge and burn for tone control.

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Glam Photo Presets for Lightroom

6 camera settings portrait photographers always get wrong

The secret to great portrait photography is building a rapport with a model, rather than knowing the best camera settings to use. But in the heat of the moment, when you’re caught up with the lighting and focused on a capturing a person’s expression and pose, it’s easy to overlook a setting and end up with disappointing pictures.

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How to Create Custom Bokeh Shapes in Your Photos

Bokeh, or the quality of the out of focus area in a photograph is an easy way to add interest to your images. By making a bokeh filter for your camera, you can have more control of your photograph by giving the out of focus lights in the image almost any shape that you wish. The filter is easy to make and chances are you probably have most of the supplies you’ll need laying around the house. Read more →