7 Types of Trick Photography and Special Effects

With the variety of photo editing programs and software that are available, it’s much easier than ever to apply incredible special effects and illusions of photography to your most loved photographs that give them the “otherworldly” appearance.

A variety of other beautiful effects can be made by making adjustments to the shutter speed. Utilizing these techniques, even amateur photographers can create photos that appear professional.

Tip # 1: Light Painting Techniques

If you reduce the shutter speed of your camera and then utilize it as a night-time setting and a flashlight, you can make some exciting and unique special effects.

Simply move the flashlight around, and aim it towards the subject. Also, you may find yourself shooting it directly towards the lens of your camera. The image you get appears as if the illumination is scattered throughout the photograph.

Tip #2: Drawing Techniques

The process of drawing light is comparable in concept to light painting, but it is different because the style is more precise.

Make sure that the camera is at least 15 feet from the object and adjust the shutter speed to about 30 seconds, with a flashlight or any other source of light to begin creating your design or pattern.

If you’re drawing something easy, like simple shapes, it is possible to review the design multiple times. If the pattern is more complex, keep going over the practice once and slowly to achieve the desired effect.

Tip #3: Utilizing Flash Stencils for Photography

Utilizing a flash stencil on your photographs will provide a fantastic effect. To do this, you’ll require a box, a piece of white paper to make a stencil or a stencil that you have already made, and an external source for lighting.

Cut out an area of the box so that you are able to insert your stencil. Apply the stencil to the chest. On the other end of your package, make a hole that is just enough for the flash to fit in. The moment will then be able to light up the stenciled area.

Adjust your shutter speed to approximately 30 seconds. You can then move around within the area where you want the stencil to appear. Be careful not to stand still or remain in one location for too long, or images of your body could appear in the idea together with the stencil.

 Tip #4: Motion Blur Effects

Motion blur pictures are among the most well-known kinds of trick photography and special effects that are available. To effectively capture an essence of motion and at the same time make the subject in the photograph appear more focussed, there are a number of tricks that you can apply.

Another option is to capture the entire image in a single shot by using the shutter speed at around one-thousandth of a second. Another method to create blurred motion is to pan your subject, moving them around while everything around you shifts. Another option is having your issue remain stationary as you concentrate on them, and everything blurs in their vicinity.

 Tip #5: Double Exposure Special Effects

In order to achieve an effect of double exposure in order to achieve a double exposure effect, two images that are slightly underexposed are required to be captured. The two images are then put together to create two exposure pictures.

Superimposed photos will be overlapping when you finish the product, so make sure you make them match so that everything looks consistent and natural, with the exception of the subject matter you want to appear odd and is noticeable.

TIP #6 HDR Image Effects

HDR is an acronym for HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It is the process of taking one or more sets of photos and then mixing or altering them following processing. In general, it is done using three pictures of the same scene, each one taken with various shutter speeds.

Utilizing specialized software using specialized software, you can combine these images with improving highlights and detail like shadows. This allows photographers to capture the full impact of the scene in the way that a naked eye is able to perceive it.

Tip #7: The Bokeh Effect

As the final item on our seven types of trick photography as well as effects, this one is possible with the DSLR camera with large-aperture settings. Set the camera in the A mode or to AV, and choose a low f-number (lower f-stop = greater aperture) to create a shallow field of view.

Utilizing a fixed focal lens is also helpful in creating a Bokeh effect. The idea of keeping the subject within the focal point and keeping the background as far as is possible will result in the most efficient Bokeh image.

It’s also a good thing for the point-and-shoot camera owner, as photo effects programs and even download apps for the iPhone or any other mobile devices are now available to provide you with the Bokeh effect without the extra effort or equipment required.

These methods provide you with the soft, circular patterns of light Bokeh is famous for.


A lot of these techniques of trick photography are accomplished by simply altering the speed of the shutter. The shutter determines how much light can enter the camera. This can dramatically affect the way the photograph is exposed and the final result of the photo.

It’s important to remember that you don’t need to invest a lot in order to create stock photos that appear extraordinary.

Eric Cross is a budding photographer who is able to balance his time shooting photos with writing about his experiences taking photographs.