Making photos visually appealing is always the photographer's end goal. It keeps the viewer interested and just makes for a good photograph! But there are other ways to make a photo look more visually interesting than just by changing the location! Here's a compilation of some ways that I add unique effects to photos!
Objects In Front of Lens
Putting objects very close to the lens can give the photos a unique edge and can even be helpful for covering something up such as a stain on your subject's pants (hey's - it's happened to me)! Personally, I find that plants work for this the best. Things such as leaves, flower petals, and pine needles can all be used to get that creamy blur we're all after. Just note that this works better with lenses that have a higher focal length and lower aperture (my 35mm f1.8 works with this technique perfectly)!
Cellophane as a Gel
You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars buying studio lights and gel filters to get that cool two-tone color look! Just head over to a craft store and pick up some rolls of colored cellophane and rubber bands! Put the cellophane over some desk lamps and secure it with the rubber band - the more layers of cellophane, the more intense the color! Now, position your subject by the lamp, turn the lights off, and get to shooting!
Spray Bottle Sweat
Need to make it look like your client just got done pumping some iron? No sweat! Just grab a spray bottle and mist their face as liberally as you desire! Definitely works better with close up portraits.
Chances are if you've been on Instagram at all in the past five years you already know about this one. You can get a great rainbow effect just by taking a CD outside and bouncing sunlight off of it! Cheaper and easier than buying a prism.
I'd love to go more in-depth with how I do these in the future, but I hope you're leaving feeling inspired! Now go out there and take some photos.