Zoom Blur

Zoom Blur creates a specific focal point by blurring and essentially smearing the things surrounding the subject. It is often used to convey motion or chaos.

To achieve Zoom Blur:


Set the camera on a very slow shutter speed [anywhere around one second, but just remember the longer it is, the more light is allowed]

Zoom in on the subject

Make sure the subject is in focus

After clicking the shutter-release button, quickly zoom out


This type of photography can produce a creative photo and can stand apart from a group of photos. It can be difficult to do well, but the photos can look stunning when done successfully. Zoom Blur can be created by either zooming in or out and both can create completely different photos even if they have the same objects.

Motion zoom blur, forest in autumn color, Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA.

Written by Olivia Tennefoss


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Forced Perspective

Forced perspective photography greatly depends on the creativity of the eye behind the camera.

With billions of photos out there in the world, it may seem hard to think of different or new things that are creative to photograph– that is where forced perspective photography comes into the picture. Forced perspective creates an illusion that makes the viewers eyes see something very different than what is actually happening.

These types of photographs are often taken now-a-days, but that doesn’t mean they’re good quality or new. Photographs with a forced perspective often contain something/someone very small and something/someone very large, combining two things, or a rotated photo that makes what is actually happening in the photo look completely different.

To create a forced perspective photograph that shows something/someone large and something/someone small, it is important to have a wide angle lense to capture all that needs to be captured. Then, place what is to be large closest to the camera and what is to be smaller farther from the camera, creating the depth of field needed. Then set the Aperture/F-stop to the largest it can go so that both things are in focus.

To create a photo that combines two things or a rotated, defying gravity photo, it mainly just takes a creative mind. Makes sure all the components of the photo fit into the wanted effect. Using defying gravity as an example, make sure everyone/thing in the photo is ‘defying gravity’, unless of course, the wanted effect is to have some people defying gravity and others not. The only thing left to do is rotate the photo.


Written by Olivia Tennefoss

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Chroma Key Photography

According to the dictionary, Chroma Key Photography is a type of photography where someone use a scene of color (blue or, commonly, green) behind the point of interest in two pictures that can create, later on, the interest in different settings or objects.

For an example is when the people talks about the weather or current events, as the pictures shown below. Chroma Key photography is very common in the film industry as it creates amazing effects that turn the movie(s) into a showstopper.


Photos, in whole one, from New York Film Academy.net

The photos above, i did not know it has more than one, give an example of what Chroma Key Photography is about and how it is created. That is the reason why i chose this photo.

The photos starts off with a green screen with some objects and equipment to set off the future setting. The next photo has a person in front of the blue screen, but sitting behind a blue-covered desk/table.

In the photo after that, the person now looks like she is in the news room and about to tell the viewers of what news is happening right now. In the last photo is just what settings the green screen was transform into by the photographers .


Photo from Lumeo

I chose this photo because it tells of what the photographers needs in order for them to make the perfect effects of their images. Without the green screen, it will cost so much for the photographers a lot of money to travel or to make what kind of screen he or she wants their subject to be in.

Additionally, this photo also tells of how much effort the people do to make their photos or videos great. Not to mention, chroma key is probably one of the reasons why making a movie cost so much money to make and to watch in theaters.

eample of green screne

Photo by Diane McCornnick

Why i choose this photo was because it gives anyone an idea of what the subject of interest should do in front of the green screen. If the person is not in the correct position, the finished photo would look weird and not much interesting at all.

Also, the green screen helps to make the photo, or video, worthy of seeing or watching by the community. If no one, as an example, watches a movie that took a long time to be prepared and using a lot of green screens during filming, then all the people’s efforts are just wasted.


Photo from Savage

Imagine the photo above of having no person in it and just a setting. Does only the setting look interesting?

Kind off, but with that person in the picture will give the scene more interesting than just a setting. That is why i choose this picture as it gives a jumping upstart feeling when looking at it, just like seeing a horror movie with jump scenes.

Seeing how the foot pointed directly in the camera’s eye view will give an almost feeling that someone is about to get hurt, mostly in the face.

The photo will give an idea on what a complete photo of using a green screen would look like after going many process to achieve it.

To know more about Chroma Key Photography, click on the links down below;

— Karissa Scott–

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Food Photography

Food photography is a million-dollar industry that many food based companies invest in to help show off their food. Though the process of taking photos of picture seems simple, there is a lot of work that goes into getting the perfect shots your used to.



Getting the perfect food shot involves enhancing the food in different ways. Brushing certain foods with vegetable oil or spraying it with a water/glycerin mix helps add a slight glisten to your food that makes it look more refreshing or savory.


Darlene Hildebrandt

Using macro photography skills to really focus in on the food will help give your photo an edge by highlighting the many different elements of the food your photographing.


Vicky Wasik

Be sure to also swap out your dishes often. Food doesn’t keep it’s appetizing looks for long so be prepared to shoot quickly after it’s been cooked before it melts, collapses, wilts, or changes color.


By: John Kyritsis

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Panoramic photography, also known as wide format photography, allows for stitching of multiple photos to create one huge photograph. It takes different software as well in order to stitch all of the photos together such as Hugin or GigaPan Stitch.

180 degree


There are several types of panoramas like wide-angle panoramas, 180-degree panoramas, 360-degree panoramas, or spherical panoramas. Wide-angle panoramas usually tend to look like normal photos but covers less than 180 degrees. A 180-degree panorama covers a large wide area of space that covers 180 degrees left to right. 360 degree panoramas and tend to cover the whole area and is extremely wide. Finally, a spherical panorama creates a 360-degree panorama that has been put together using special editing software.

360 degree


The most important thing about panoramas is to have consistency throughout your photos. It is important to use a manual focus, in order to maintain a consistent exposure throughout the photos. And a tripod to maintain the level or the photo and to prevent a problem with parallax.

wide angle


Your phone also has the ability to take panoramas photos that requires you to move your phone to capture the world around you.



Source: Panoramic Photography Tutorial

By: Jana Ruark

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Pinhole Photography

Pinhole photography is one of the oldest forms of photography. Instead of a lens there is a tiny hole to let light into the cameras body and create the image. Though the technology is extremely outdated having a pinhole camera is a great way to learn how cameras work.


Robert Simpson, 1908

Many creative photos can also be captured by making slight alterations to the box you’re shooting out of. By changing the curvature of the rear wall of the camera or making multiple pinholes the look of your photo can change drastically.


The Phoblographer


By John Kyritsis

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HDR Photography


HDR photography requires layering multiple photos of the same image together to create one surreal image. HDR stands for “high dynamic range” and dynamic range refers to the difference between the lightest light and the darkest light you can get in an image. Many photographers use this technique to achieve a lifelike photo.


This technique requires taking three to four photos of the same still subject with different shutter speeds and aperture combinations to change the brightness and depth of field of the photo. It’s important to take the photo at the same spot each time so a tripod is recommended. Finally, the images must be blended together to get the desired look.


You can also create an HDR photo with a smartphone by taking multiple photos at the same time.


By: Jana Ruark

Source: What is HDR photography and how can I shoot it with my camera?

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