Technical Tuesday is BACK! Keep an eye out on the blog for these photo tips that will be posted 2-3 times a month.
One of the ways I’m staying creative on shoots lately is to find natural filters to shoot through. Sure, you can buy a filter to put on your lens, but searching for natural filters while shooting is so much more fun and leads to some really interesting shots!
ABOVE: For Leah’s senior photo shoot in downtown Knoxville, we were about to wrap up and I saw this cute little market. It was too dark to shoot inside so on a whim I decided to keep her outside and I would shoot through the window. Hello, perfectly soft natural filter!
ABOVE LEFT: The couple on the left did their engagement shoot at the University of Tennessee. I always love shooting with the light coming through trees because it creates those twinkly light circles in the background. This time I got down for a super low angle and had the light coming through the bushes in front of them too. They were completely surrounded by all the twinkly lights!
ABOVE RIGHT: The shot on the right was from a wedding shoot at Butterfly Gap. It was pouring the rain that day so we made the best of it and took a bucket of water and splashed it on the window. The couple was inside and I was shooting from outside and it created a gorgeous, romantic photo.
ABOVE: Mary Beth’s senior pictures were also in downtown Knoxville. This time she was on the inside and I was outside. All of the blurry spots are reflections of things in the street. The big blurry spot on the right was actually a white car. If you make it blurry enough, anything can create a beautiful natural filter to shoot through, even cars in the street!
ABOVE: Shooting through leaves is one of the easiest natural filters to use because number one, they’re everywhere and number two, you can move the limb to place the leaves exactly where you want them. The trick is to be close to the leaves but far enough from your subject to create a wide depth of field.
Try it for yourself and post your pictures with the hashtag #technicaltuesday! You’ll be entered to win a seat at the next Camera School. New dates will be announced soon!