No matter how good a DSLR camera a photographer has, if he or she doesn’t find something artistic in the view, all efforts will be for naught. A powerful image is created through the creativity of a photographer; the kick-ass gear is just a bonus. After all, a good photographer can capture a great shot anytime, regardless of the camera he or she is holding. Speaking of great shots, here are 10 of the best photos that will get any photographer’s creative juices going.
The weather may be dry and the skies may be leaden but this doesn’t mean a creative shot can’t be taken. Although the winter season rarely burst of colors, the shades it comes with shades that are ideal for a largely monochromatic picture. The key—aside from having an eye for a great shot—is perfect timing.
This stunning photo was taken by Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt from a high location where the vantage point allows a considerable view of the city. He was able to capture the beauty of the sun starting to shine through grey clouds. The snow-covered rooftops and sparsely-filled parking lots were also utilized as a good contrasting backdrop to the orange city lights.
Since shooting the movement of lights became a hit, many versions of it made it to the lists of best photos taken. Taken by English photographer Andrew Tobin, this striking image of streaks of light suspended in midair was taken in London’s Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.
Tobin shared that the inspiration behind this photo is to capture a plane taking off the runway with the twilight as its background. Using a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, he set the shutter to 15 seconds, the aperture to f/8, and the ISO to 50. After taking a handful of shots, he manipulated them by extracting the trails of light and placing them on top of each other until he was satisfied with the final product.
The existence of this photo proves that a brilliant shot can be captured despite a nasty weather.
This beautiful shot was of German photographer Tobias Richter who also happens to be a professional at landscape photography. Depicted in this piece is Scotland’s Cullin Hills. These landforms are located in the peninsula Isle of Skye near the village of Elgol. According to Richter, the challenge of taking this picture is the narrow timeframe of the sun rays dramatically illuminating the scenery.
With the idea being derived from the popular Mario Bros. video game, photographer Vincent Bourilhon produced this conceptual photo with a lot of creativity and a little fuss.
To achieve this fun work of art, Bourilhon used a Canon EOS 450D and set his focus to 23mm to make room for a wide angle. In order to portray Mario’s signature move, his camera’s shutter speed was set to 1/400 sec while the aperture was set to f/3.5.
Featured in this colorful number is Ashley, owner of Ashley’s Flowers in Detroit. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) intended to promote good relationships between the city’s purchasing business community and its suppliers, so they commissioned photographers like Noah Stephens (photographer of image above) to take photos of entrepreneurs who benefited from their project D2D (DEGC’s Business-to-Business Program)—from the corporate executives to the owners of small businesses.
Torrents of snow can do a lot to diminish whatever color is left to the environment. The good news is, it makes for great black-and-white photos.
In this particular shot, landscape photographer Adam Burton took advantage of the splendor brought by the snowstorm, set his camera to black and white mode, and took photos of these deer. He shared that he likes finding dramatic settings in the midst of a perceived unpleasant weather. The challenge though is finding adequate light. This shot alone made him wait for 30 minutes until he was satisfied with the lighting. And the final shot is obviously worth the wait.
Another favorite photography trick is the utilization of depth of field. This trick allows photographers to focus on the nearest object as much as the lens would permit, so that they can come up with a clear close-up shot with a blurred background.
Liam Frankland, the photographer who took this image, used lenses that have the capacity to do this trick—the 50mm and 20mm. When either of these lenses is attached to his camera, he often sets the aperture to f1/8 so that the subject will be sharp and the background smooth albeit blurry.
This captivating black and white photograph is a part of Victoria Ivanova’s project where she humanized pears to represent people’s behavior.
The equipment she used to bring her ideas to life is her Canon 5D Mark II and a 50mm lens which she set to f1/4. She also made use of six LED flashlights and made them to what she calls “light brush”. She coated the glass with hand cream to soften the light emitted by the LED.
Before the pervasiveness of its own branch of photography, food was simply a concoction of something palatable people wolf down when they’re hungry. Now, food has become the much loved subject of many photographers including Giles Angel.
In this photo, Angel used the simplest of objects—a melamine cup and saucer, milk, and water—and made their dimensions become more visible you can almost touch them. He also utilized a brand of acrylic glass called Perspex as base.
Since there is a lot of liquid involved in this shoot, Angel made sure his gear won’t get wet by using his 24-120mm zoom lens and set it at 90mm. And believe it or not, this shot was taken in the dark—the trick is to keeping the shutter open and hitting it after the liquid has been poured and the liquid dropped.
Another version of a picture inspired by shooting light trails, this piece highlights a much closer and brighter view to the intangible subject.
Taken by Dutch photographer Frank van Tol, he said that the difficulty he encountered when shooting was either the shots were overexposed or there were too many blurs. He also had to pass 40 times in the street until he captured a shot he was contented with. He used his Canon EOS 400D and set the exposure to 10 seconds, the aperture to f/8, and the ISO to 100. He also benefited from his Samyang 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens to make this picture possible.
Photographers who are looking for a bunch of ideas for their next project can definitely make use of these stills as inspiration and whip their own versions to perfection.