Experimenting with photographic images

Producing a photographic print does not have to be the end of your creative process.

There are many ways to experiment with images that can add extra interest, meaning and impact to your work.

This could be as simple as printing your images in different sizes or as complicated as adding a range of other media, or using photographs as part of three dimensional forms.

Examples of experimental techniques

Student experimental portrait photograph with projected skyline and digitally-drawn faces superimposed on models

Drawing or painting into your photographic film or onto your prints can add to and embellish your work. You could also print the photos out and then work into them.

Hand-coloured photograph of a wine glass with stitched contour lines

Stitching and embroidery can be used to highlight shapes and details.

Student collage of photos of puppet figures with embroidery details and feathers

A photomontage collage can be created using cut out or torn photos

Black and white photo of street scene with a bright blue car created using digital filters

You can experiment with colour effects through traditional techniques such as sepia toning, or by using digital filters.

Multiple image photograph created using image manipulation software

You can combine multiple images of the same subject using image manipulation software.

Series of nine long-exposure photos creating blurred images of the same female figure

Displaying a number of images together can add to the mood and meaning of your photography.