Digital photography is incomplete without effects and touch-ups as they give more depth and life to the picture. However, these effects cannot be randomly applied to the picture and must be thoroughly practiced before actual use.
7 Essential Digital Photography Effects

In this article, we have selected seven essential digital photography effects to give you an insight and help you in your judgment:

1. Panning

Panning is essentially the rotational, vertical or horizontal movement of a still image or a video. It is one of the oldest techniques and still remains as popular as ever.

In order to attain perfection in the panning effect, ensure that there is a moving subject you want to ‘stay with’, while you frame the shot prior to and after pressing the shutter.

The outcome of the shot is that the moving object will look sharp against a blurred background.

2. The Golden Hour

Popularly known as the Magic Hour, the Golden Hour feature is basically the first hour of the sunrise and the final hour of the sunset. The effect produces a distinct quality of light, adding drama and intrigue to the scene.

How exactly does this effect work? Well, it makes use of the position of the sun in respect to the horizon during the sunrise and sunset.

3. The Golden Rectangle

The Golden rectangle is more popularly known as the Golden Ratio and is an intricate form of photography effect.

It is basically the average of the ratio of numbers found on the Fibonacci series. The ratio produces a golden rectangle, which many of you may know, comprises a square and the half of the square in identical dimensions.

The concept was popularized by its usage on the creation of Mona Lisa. Thus, the effect has a rich, old heritage, and you would not want to mess with it.

4. Fill Flash

Fill Flash refers to a technique in which the photographer makes use of the flash to fill in the dark areas of the picture. The effect is a wonderful help for backlit environments.

In order to produce the fill flash effect, you will have to adjust the aperture as well as the shutter speed accurately to expose the background and use the flash to provide light to the foreground without giving away the features of the background.

5. Long Exposure

We have yet another interesting effect on our list—Long Exposure. It basically entails long duration of shutter speed and a narrow aperture.

The effect is used for creating fantastical landscapes and in capturing static elements against a blurred background of moving elements of the picture.

6. Contre-jour

Contre-jour is one of the most famous effects in the world of digital photography. Literally meaning “against daylight”, the effect can be achieved by placing the camera in the direction of the light source.

The outcome of the effect is a silhouette effect which characterizes millions of photography in the world.

The effect is more popularly used in landscape and nature photography for creating an intense atmosphere and stirring up a dramatic mood.

7. Bokeh

One of the best ways to exploit the beauty of blur is by employing the Bokeh effect. It essentially creates blur in the out-of-focus area of the picture.

The effect is produced due to the difference between aperture shape and lens aberrations that result in blurring of the area and aesthetic appeal to the picture.

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