What makes a good creative image?
While an ideal balance exists between the composition, lighting, subject, and complexity of the photo shoot, the most effective images are those that also deliver creativity, passion and originality.
Creative images need to be provided with an extra element to stand out, such that are intentionally made to improve the photo from its original form.
- Here are some great ideas:
Use everyday objects
Move your camera, try different angles
Shoot through other objects
Shoot in different weather conditions
Try different backgrounds
Shoot from above, below or from the hip
Using a glass ball is a creative way of framing your subject
Shoot the same place for several hours
Shoot in macro
Experiment with filters
Shoot your subjects while they are in motion
Shoot with a wide-angle lens
Experiment with bokeh effect
Shoot in burst mode to take lots of shots (probably nice also for gifs)
Experiment with exposure settings
Revisit places you’ve already photographed at different times, lighting situations, seasons …
Get up close or stand way back to change the perspective
Use rim lighting
Mix and match techniques from different genres
Look at how others shoot the same location
Be open to critique on your photos
Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and try seemingly crazy compositions to get something unique.
I recently found the perfect example of this sort of creative experimentation during this quarantine, rictsephotography. Hong Kong photographer Ric Tse has found his own way to remain original while in voluntary isolation due to Covid-19. All he needed were some toys and common household items to create a series of clever, fun and creative images.
When you’re creative and think outside of the box, you can turn ordinary into extraordinary.
Types of imagery and stock photography, based on Creative Image you can find above:
- Stock Pictures / Pics
- Royalty-free Vectors
- Illustrations / Cartoons
- Wallpapers / Backgrounds
- Abstract Patterns
- Isolated / Green Screens