Special effects are always going to be helpful when it comes to adding flare to your photos; there are so many ways you can spice up your photography without using photoshop and apps of equivalent content.
For instants, in these wedding photos with the “backlight with off camera flash”, the sky is dark, the sun has set, but with the help of a back light with off camera flash you can see that it enhances these photos tremendously and saves them from becoming dull; seemingly making it bright and majestic.
As you can see in these next couple of photos, one of my personal favorites when it comes to effects in photography is the “blurred background effect.” You can do this when taking pictures of many other objects and subjects and these pictures perfectly explain this effect. You can produce photography like this simply by adjusting the focal length increasingly and lowering your aperture F number, creating a blurred background.
The very last photo is filtered in black and white, but the effect is actually the bride’s veil draped over the couple. It creates a sense of surrounding while pulling the entire focus on the precious couple. It also gives the photo texture; the veil is not flat so the folds and overlaps give the photo other aspects that are subtle, yet effective.