12 Ways to Add Randomness and Creativity to Your Photography



One of the wonderful things about digital photography is the creativity that you can engage in once you’ve got your image on your computer andPhotoshop. You can achieve all kinds of effects in Photoshop. toMake your pictures look different in many ways.

What about using in-camera methods to be more creative? andAre you looking for artistic photos?

Here are twelve fun in-camera hacks toWith toGet more abstract and artistic shots – the results are only limited by your imagination!

1. Moving your Camera


Every good photography course drums into it’s participants the importance of keeping your camera absolutely still while shooting toYou can expect stunning images.

Of course sharp isn’t always what you’re after andAll in one toMotion is a great way to add movement into your photos toTry moving the camera when you are shooting. These are some ways to move your camera while you shoot. toYou can also use:

  • Panning – a technique often used in sports photography.
  • Rotate – ever whirled a child around you? Why not take your camera and do this with your child? andTake a break and take another shot.
  • Camera Throwing – not for the faint hearted – this technique involves a long shutter speed, setting the self timer, throwing your camera in the air just before the shutter is released andYou are in good hands. It’s ‘extreme photography’ andAmazing shots can be achieved (like this one). to the right which was a camera throw shot in front of a computer screen) – as well as the need for a new camera.

2. Zooming and shooting


A second way to get a feeling of motion into your images is toKeep the camera steady, but toZoom in with your zoom lens and take the photo.

While panning (above) injects a vertical movement into shots – zooming gives your shots a dynamic 3D look and feel.

Combining this with slow-sync flash (see further) andYou can get some very special results. Read more about the Zoom Effect.

3. Creative Focusing

Poor focus is one of my most frequent problems with readers’ photos. Photographers either focus slightly behind or in front of what they need to. toBe sharp.


How about focusing on your problems? and make them worse by some creative focussing where you don’t just get it slightly wrong – but make your shots obviously out of focus.

This technique is especially effective when you either have a plain background which means nothing in your shot is in focus – or when there’s a secondary element of the image that you leave in focus with the main focal point out of focus enough for it toBe clear, but keep your eyes on the prize. toIt is still not known.

4. Take a picture from your boots


Place your camera on the ground andA low angle shot of your subject is a new way to capture it. andSometimes, you may choose a different point of view to capture your photos.

The (andYour images will be seen from new perspectives by viewers who add interest foregrounds toPhotos andEven captured some unexpected subjects.

It could be that you have to get a new job. toKeep it lowand get a little dirty) to frame your shots – or you might want toBe a bit more random than this andIntroduce luck to the equation andJust keep your camera down andSee what you can get.

5. Over expose your shots

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Try different levels of exposure.

Increase your exposure compensation toThe maximum and you’ll end up with brightly burnt out images.

This can be particularly effective if you’re photographing brightly colorful objects as you can end up with them on a background of bright burnt out parts of the scene.

Check out these examples of Overexposure for a little more inspiration.

6. Slow Sync Flash



It is an excellent technique to use in low-light situations where you have enough ambient light. toAdditional capture to a subject that you’d like toLight up in a flash

Try different effects with rear or front curtain flash.

Learn more about Slow Sync Flash in our previous tutorials – Slow Sync Flash and An Explanation of 2nd Curtain Sync Flash. Also check out these amazing Slow Sync Flash images.

7. Get Up High – Monopod extenders andKite Aerial Photography


The other side of the spectrum toIt is important to get down low (above). toGet your camera high andShoot down situations. Fun way toDo this: toConnect your camera toA tripod or extended monopod. andGet started.

You will be able to do this. toPhotograph things high, such as street signs. to help you shoot down on scenes that you’d never have been able toYou can see the top view before.

You can have even more fun using a wide angle lens.

Kite Aerial is another extreme method. PhotographyYou can attach the camera to this location to a kite andTake photos from high up. Beach image toThis technique was used to capture the right!

8. Multiple Exposures

It was used toWith my vintage film SLR, I enjoy experimenting with multiple exposures within the same frame. Many digital cameras don’t have the ability to do it – but if you’re lucky enough toYou can have some great fun with one.

All you need is one toIt is possible toYou can take photos of the same scene from different angles or focal lengths. This is especially useful for shots that have a repetitive pattern.

If you don’t have the ability for multiple exposures on your digital camera you can always get similar results in Photoshop using layers.

9. Go Grainy


There’s something about shots with lots of grain that adds an element of mood into an image.

You can override the ISO settings of your camera by setting them up to high toThe maximum possible number. The higher you go the more noise or grain you’ll get.

It can work especially well in black and white shots – especially when you blow them up for display.

10. White Balance

Experimenting with different white balance settings on your camera can inject different color casts into your images.

The white balance setting is for you toUse toDifferent types of lighting can be compensated for (each light emits different subtle colors). However, if you know what you’re doing you can really warm up or cool down an image quite a bit andGet some beautiful andCreativity in images

11. Learn how to master the Bulb Setting

At the slow end of many digital camera’s shutter speed settings is one often labeled ‘B’ or ‘Bulb’.


You can adjust the bulb settings to suit your needs. toKeep your shutter wide open as long as the shutter release is pressed. This opens up all kinds of possibilities for creativity – particularly in low light situations.

Bulbs are great for recording light trails, such as moving traffic at night or a friend drawing a message using fireworks or a torch. to get the most of it you’ll probably want toYour tripod is a good option, unless you really need it. toYou can also add motion to your shot with the camera

Astro photographers may leave the shutter unlocked for hours (or longer) at the extreme bulb setting. to capture star trails. To do this you’ll need a small ISO, small aperture and should be aware that on many cameras it’ll drain your batteries significantly.

12. Infrared


Infrared photography is an art of it’s own (it deserves it’s own tutorial – as it’s something I’ve not done much of I’d be open toSomeone wrote one to me andYou can make some stunning shots with your camera (e.g., black skies, white trees or dark eyes).

Some cameras are not capable of capturing infra-red light, but others can. Make sure to check the manual. toCheck to see if it is. If you’re in luck grab yourself an IR filter which cuts out non IR light andYou can start to experiment. Because these filters block out a lot of light you’ll need toUse slower shutter speeds. to use a tripod andShould select ISO settings that are faster

Start andIt’s a fantastic time at the end of the work day toUse IR.

You can also get more such free tips from our email newsletter. Also check out our Digital Photography School forum for a community of digital camera users who love toThis type of material is great for experimentation.

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