The creative side of any photographer is what separates the good photographers from the masters. There are thousands of us who take good images but there are only a handful that are masters of the trade. Not everyone will become great – this is due to a number of factors, with the creativity factor being to the fore.
Being creative is about giving your images more impact – images that will stand out over anyone elses. These are images that you cannot stop looking at, and the more you look at them the better they seem.
To give your images more impact here are a few easy to follow steps.
Creative use of the cameras aperture and shutter will make a big difference to your images. Your choice of shutter speed will also make a huge difference to the how you photograph water in landscape photography or how you photography people playing sports. The shutter is used to isolate a subject; it is also used to freeze motion.
Your cameras aperture controls the amount of light that enters your camera. This can be used creatively for focusing.
Use filters to give your images impact. There is a large range of filters to choose from for photography. The key is to know which one to use and when to use it. Dull scenes can be brought to life with a warm up filter. Filters can be used with film or digital photography and can also be added in Photoshop. There are also a range of filters that can be used with black and white photography.
Being imaginative with your exposure is also a way of creating more dramatic images. Underexposing your image may add mystery to your photography in certain circumstances. But be careful not to go too dark. Over exposing an image very seldom works well. So my advice is to bracket your exposure so that you will be sure to get a satisfactory result.
The main key to creative imagery is to know what is needed at a scene and what to do to add a little extra. Every scene and situation is different so my best advice is to go with trial and error until you find the winning formula. This may take time, but you will certainly learn how to take great photography.