Learning a Few Photography Tricks from Friends

photographer-friendsIt’s good to have people around you with the same hobby as you, when you have friends like these you can easily grow in your art. For example since high school my closest friends are almost all photography enthusiast, and because of this we discovered new techniques together, and shared what we individually learned. This in turn allowed us to rapidly grow our skills and knowledge as photographers and artists. As a treat, here are a few things we learned and shared with each other as  a group, use them and explore new techniques, and maybe share anything new you discover with us and your friends.

1.) Light Stencil Trick

Okay so let’s just simplify it as much as we can. Look for a shape or drawing that you would like to stencil in your photos, and glue it to a box, cut the shape or drawing’s outline in a way that light can travel through and make an impression. Choose your desired color for the shape (colored rice paper is what I use), and put a light you can turn on and off in the box.

To use the light stencil box, set to a low shutter speed (look for the perfect speed), and turn on the stencil box at the locations of where you want it to appear in the photo. Don’t forget to turn the light off as you change location though.

(Hopefully I explained it in a way you would understand)

2.) Next Level Jump Shot

Okay I call this a “levitation trick”, but technically it is just a jump shot with some props to make it look like you are flying.

Get an item that you would normally associate with flight or levitation, a balloon maybe, or an umbrella, or if you would like some props like: Jetpacks, hover board, or some well-made wings. You then hold or wear them according to how you would like it to appear (preferably in a way that the prop is influencing the flight or levitation), and jump as you take the picture (it is best to look for a location that would look perfect with your “flight/levitation”).


3.) Cheap Light Effects

All you need is a strong light source and some assorted colored plastic sheets. Cover the light source with the sheets and use it as lighting, change color and angle for desired effects.

You can also modify light stencil box (number one of this list) as a light source to project shapes of light to you model or subject.

4.) The Broken Mirror

If you don’t want to risk having seven years bad luck, try to find a broken whole body mirror at a garage sale of some sort of thrift shop, or if you don’t believe in bad luck just break one yourself.

Take pictures of your subject or model through the mirror to have a cracked image effect.


These are a few tricks we used back in the day, nowadays you can use Photoshop to add in most of the effects found here… but there’s no fun in that.