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How to Create Wonderous Fantasy Photography

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Fantasy is a huge genre in any medium, film, television and photography, you name it. If you want to capture photos with mass appeal, fantasy photography is something you will want to integrate in your portfolio.

Taking fantasy photography is not easy. It requires a lot of imagination as well as an elaborate set up and/or editing. But if you but the effort in, you’ll get a big reward.

Here are some fantasy photography tips that will help you get terrific end results.

Get Inspired

Finding inspiration for fantasy photography doesn’t have to be difficult. It can come from a song, an idea, a book, a movie or something you see on the internet.

A location can also inspire you. And if this location is nearby, it’s a win-win because not only will you have found an idea for your shoot, you’ll have found a location. For example, a waterfall can be a terrific and inspirational fantasy photo backdrop.

Get the Right Composition

Strong composition will work well in fantasy photography as it will add drama to the image. Once you find your center, you can use a variety of focuses. For example, going back to the waterfall motif, you can zoom in tight on your subject to produce an intimate feel and let the water work as your background.

Alternately, you can zoom out for a better view of the waterfall and scenery while keeping your subject as the focal point.

Wardrobe and Props

Wardrobe and props are very important in fantasy photography. Once you have an idea in mind, you can take it in any direction you choose.

But keep in mind that the wardrobe and props you use should have a unifying theme. This could be based on the colors that are integrated, the ideas you are trying to express and more.


After the shoot is over, you can import your photos into your software program to create scenes you aren’t able to capture in real life. For example, you can make objects that float in mid air to provide a fantasy effect. You can even insert things that weren’t there in the first place.

Color will also play a huge role in your editing techniques. Warm powerful colors like reds, oranges and yellows will look particularly eye catching when blended together. But you can experiment to find which works best for you.

If you are going to heavily edit your picture, make sure your poses go well with your edits. So say you are going to add fairy wings to your subject. See to it that your picture has enough space to accommodate the wings and that your subject is posed to wear the wings taking facial expression into account.

It is for this reason that you will want to have a good idea of where you want to go with your edits before you start shooting.

A fantasy shoot can produce fantastic looking photos. Now that you know how to make your ideas come to life, you are ready to go. What themes will you be integrating when you explore this genre?

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