Keep it fresh and avoid distractions
When it comes to shooting miniatures, Ashraful says coming up with new ideas is a constant challenge. “Still-life is such a popular genre, and so many things have been done many times. So sometimes it’s a bit hard to come up with something fresh.
“I have one rule for myself: I don’t have to create something new every time. When I find an interesting subject to shoot, I try to shoot it in my way. It’s all about adding your thoughts and creativity to it.
“Another challenge I face when shooting outdoors: living in a crowded city, it’s hard to find a nice background and a place to shoot. Often people walk into the frame and there are other distracting elements. So I take different shots of the background without people or anything distracting and later composite them with the main image. Shooting with a large aperture like f1.8 helps to blur the background and minimise distracting elements.”