8 Photography Effects

8 Photography Effects

We have listed 8 Photography Effects that anyone can do given enough practice.

Everyone can now shoot a great photo thanks to the power of modern technology at the palm of our hands – smartphone cameras. Gone are the days that we can only achieve greats shots by the use of film cameras – and the literal film even costs a fortune. With today’s cameras, whether smartphone or DSLR or mirrorless, you can have as many shots as long as your battery and memory card can hold.

Despite that, only a handful of people can produce high-value shots without using filters.


Bokeh refers to the eye-candy blur found on great photos. It’s how the light is present in lighted areas that are out of focus.

Lens aberrations + Aperture shape

Many shooters deliberately do the shallow-focus technique to create images with prominent bokeh areas. The term comes from Japanese ‘boke’, which literally means haze or blur.



Panning is the upward/downward, sideward or rotational movement of an image or video. To do panning, you must have a moving subject that you must ‘stick with’ while framing the shot before and after you press the shutter.

Movement Direction + Slow Shutterspeed

This will create a very dynamic effect, with your subject being sharp in front of blurred background. Great for shooting moving subjects or racing and sports events.



The rule of thirds is one of the simplest photography effects/compositions. It has been used for many centuries by artists of different platforms.

Grid + Subject should hit intersecting points

The main subject is NOT placed in the middle of the frame, thus it looks dynamic, moving and interesting.



Man, it has lots of names. Call it Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Mean, Golden Ratio, Golden Rectangle, or Spiral Sequence. Anything! 😛

Fibonacci Sequence is another guideline for composition and a variation of the Rule of Thirds, but more intricate.

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34

The Golden Rectangle is the mean of the ratio of numbers on the Fibonacci Sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on).



The Magic Hour/Golden Hour simply refers to the best hour for the sun ray to illuminate our frame. Initially the first hour of sunrise or the last hour of sunset (depends on your location). Nowadays, even reflections can add up to a great Magic Hour shot.

Golden Light + Glare effect on foreground

It’s always a feat (and bragging rights) to get a shot where everyone knows that such scenery/effect doesn’t come by often.



Contre-jour means “against the light” in French. It is basically shadow photography on steroids. The light source is located directly behind the subject.

Subject + Light source behind the subject

The effect is often used to add more drama and intensity to the shot.



The kind of photography effect where it is the only time that you’ll use flash is to avoid Contre-jour. Fill Flash is a technique in photography where the photographer uses flash to ‘fill in’ dark areas of the image. It’s perfect for backlit environments.

Against the light + Key Light/Diffuser/Bouncer

 Fill Flash brightens shadowed areas, improving the image without overexposing the other areas of the image.



Long Exposure are those dreamy sceneries of landscapes, capturing the stationary elements while blurring the moving elements of the image.

Narrow Aperture + Long shutter speed

It is often referred to as ‘night photography’. Interesting subjects to shoot are stars, moving cars and lights.


These 8 Photography Effects are not a must but it sure does bring your photography game to another level! This compilation was inspired by 1stwebdesigner.com

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