In Part I, we looked at the photographic opportunities that await you at home, from plant photography and family portraits to experimenting with abstract imagery.
In this part, we'll delve deeper into what you can do with your camera while you're at home just with water, a matchstick and a simple piece of string.
Digital Camera World has great suggestions on capturing beautiful pictures with simple set-ups in the comfort of your own home.
In the first part, we looked at selfies and family pics. Here’s an extension on that theme. If the weather turns rainy, create an artful portrait of a family member.
Once you have beads of water streaming down a window, DCW suggests shooting "inside-out to convey the idea that the subject is out in the cold, or shoot outside-in to give the sense of someone longing for a break in the weather."
If you want a shallow depth of field, they recommend you use a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens with this setting: "In Aperture Priority mode, dial in the lowest f/number, and frame up on the subject. Focus on the drops, and take the shot."
In a (Split) Second
Capturing an exquisite photo of drops of water requires just a few household items plus a tripod, a flashgun and impeccable timing.
DCW lays out the precise instructions for using a baking tray, chair, a freezer bag of water and colored sheets for the set-up. Once everything is in place, switch to Manual Focus and then it's a matter of timing.
Image Credit: Sourav Mishra from Pexels
From one classical element to another.
There's something intrinsically captivating and aesthetically satisfying about a lit matchstick. It's no accident that a close-up of a flaming match is a common image in motion pictures, as it's so cinematic.
Discovered Innovation has a 10-step guide on accomplishing your own epic picture.
The steps include:
SAFETY NOTICE: Obviously, it’s essential you take all precautions when dealing with matchsticks, especially in the dark. If possible, have someone assist you so that you can concentrate on taking the photos.
How long is a piece of string? In this case, it should be a meter!
Attach it to a light fitting and tie on the bulb. Mount your camera on a tripod below and set it to Manual Focus, ISO 100, f/11, 30 sec shutter.
With the room lights off, "swing the torch in a circular motion so it starts orbiting in an ever-decreasing ellipse. Fire the camera shutter, and stand back until it closes."
If you want to achieve multiple ellipses in one frame, DCW advises you to "use the Bulb setting and cover the lens with black card between torch swings. To change the torch color, place clear [candy] wrappers over the bulb."
If you have a pet, he or she is probably wondering why you’re at home so much lately! But you can use the time to perfect your photos of your adorable animals.
Digital Photography School has 10 top tips for getting the best results when you have your cute cat or dog in the frame. Let’s look at a few.
It may seem obvious to say you should relax, but as Jamie Pflughoeft of DPS says, “Animals are like little emotional sponges, and if you are stressed and anxious, they will sense it and become stressed and anxious too.”
The usual instinct is to angle your camera by looking down at your pet, but if you want to attain professional looking pictures, the advice is to get into their world: “Shoot down at their level… For a Great Dane their world may be the height of your hips; for a Chihuahua it may be all the way down at the level of your ankles. For a cat lounging on a cat tree, you may need to pull out a step stool to get on their level. Practice ‘shooting from the hip’ to place the camera in their world without having to crouch or kneel if they are on the ground.” A camera with a tilting LCD viewfinder helps!
Plan ahead of your shoot by formulating an overarching concept and drawing up a shot list. “The most engaging animal imagery shows them in context. It may be a cat looking up at an owner opening a bag of food in the kitchen (concept: desire) [or] a dog looking longingly through a front door waiting for his or her buddy to come home (longing).” Give your pics a clear heartfelt narrative.
With so much to explore and experiment, grab your camera or smartphone and get snapping!