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Types of Photography: The Basics

The thing about photography is that you get a chance to be creative, and unleash your inner artist.

From product photography to underwater photo shoots, there are several types of photography that can help you capture the beauty of your surroundings, in a fun and interesting way.

And while the popularity of techniques and methods vary after a certain amount of time, there are some techniques that are evergreen and stand the test of time.

Here are a few types of photography that you should consider learning:

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Fake Tilt and Shift Photos

While tilt and shift lenses aren’t exactly budget-friendly, they’re a brilliant way to make your photo sessions creative and interactive. They’re also excellent for placing focus on the subject of your photography, instead of letting viewers get distracted by the background.

Whether it’s capturing images that are surrounded by selective amounts of blur, or highlighting the value of a product, tilt and shift lenses are worth the investment.

Forced Perspective Photography 

Forced perspective photography has garnered some attention over the years, and for good reason too. The aim of this type of photography is to force the viewer to change take a double look of the image, and change their perception. Most of them have a fun time guessing how photographers managed to capture the shot.

You’ve probably seen photographs of people “holding” the sun between the thumb and index finger, or some “giant” standing over a little girl. All of these are creative ways of making people confused and curious, often ending with the question, “How did the photographer do that?

Digital Infrared Photography

Infrared photography adds a ‘ghostly’ touch to your otherwise, bright, beautiful, and sunny photographs. It’s perfect for portraits that are supposed to have a gothic or medieval look. If you’re planning to photograph ruins or castles, or even architecture, infrared photography is handy.

But you can even use it for wildlife photography! You can experiment with all the effects and see what works for you. Truth be told, it’s multi-purpose and can add a unique look to your photographs.

If you don’t plan on buying an infrared filter, you can create the effect in Adobe Photoshop as well! It’s fun to experiment.

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Double Exposure

This isn’t a new technique. It’s been around since the 19th century. But frankly speaking, old is gold. It combines two images together. You can use this to experiment with your photography and add a nice, unique perspective to your photographs. Create something fun and crazy at the same time, and throw your audience off the loop!

We offer online tutorials to beginners and professionals to further polish their photography skills. If you’re looking to improve and learn photography, check out our sample tutorials. You can also check out our complete workflow videos to get started.

Lisa Scholfield

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