I find that sometimes I’m just not in a good creative space to take interesting photos.
I’m sure you find yourself in that situation from time to time as well.
If you ask me, one of the best ways to extract yourself from a creative rut is to find ways to challenge your thinking as a photographer.
In the video above, Jessica Kobeissi offers up five challenges in the form of creating interesting photos using not-so-normal photography items.
Each tip is easy to do, too, so it’s not like you have to spends hours on end trying to get cool shots.
Instead, just have a look at the video, get the step-by-step instructions below, and see how these photography hacks can transform your photos!
Cello Paper Filter
You know that cello paper stuff people use to wrap gift baskets?
Well, that brightly colored plastic stuff makes for awesome photo filters.
All you need in addition is a couple of light sources – a lamp or even your phone’s flashlight will do the trick.
Then simply wrap the cello paper around the light, turn off all other lights, and you get an awesome effect like this:
You’d never know that this shot was lit with a couple of cheap lights and $0.99 cello paper, would you?
Play around with where the lights are placed, the number of light you use, and how far away they are from the model.
Experiment with how you frame the shot too, from above and below, at the model’s eye level, and so on.