Amongst the major social media platforms, Pinterest is a bit of an odd one when it comes to photography. It is a website that you either love or hate, a veritable encyclopedia of creative ideas or a den of stolen imagery. It is, however, big, growing and looking like it’s going to be around for a while. As photographers, social media platforms generally serve two main purposes, to share and promote our photography and to seek new and inspiring ways to improve our shots. Pinterest has the potential to do both of these but only if you understand the limitations and pitfalls of using the platform.
You may spend hours of your valuable time working on images in Lightroom, but for what? In order to grow as a photographer, people need to see your work, to be able to not only praise but also critique your output. As we know, Lightroom has become a very powerful editing tool as well as […]
Once the first flushes of our photographic journey have worn off, a certain laziness can creep in. This can manifest itself in a slight arrogance that we know all we need to know or that we have the required skill to achieve the look that we desire in our shots. Sometimes it can even be a case of photographers’ block, an effect that paralyses our ability to see and shoot good images. Today we are going to look at some ways to shake off laziness and inject some new energy into your photos.
Getting your first serious camera is an exciting moment. So much to learn, so many buttons and dials to understand, complex menu systems to decipher, it’s no wonder many leave their cameras on auto modes. Slowly we begin to understand the relationships between all the settings but perhaps one of the last things we tend to look at is white balance. Although our eyes do not notice it, light has many different colors depending on what the source of the light is, and in the case of the sun, what the time of day is.
Photographic terminology can often be confusing. It can often be perplexing, but today we are going to make it humorous by taking an alternative look at some common photographic terms and phrases. Flashgun – A light emitting battery vampire. The use of a flash gun is guaranteed to suck the life out of your double […]
With Adobe’s fairly new pricing regime, Photoshop CC is now within the reach of many enthusiast photographers who might have balked at the idea of weighing out several hundred dollars for an image editing program before. Today, we are going to take a look at a couple of great ways to make your colors punch […]
Today, we are going to go a little left-field and talk about taking a holistic approach to photography. Regular readers will know that I often talk about pre-planning, particularly in travel photography but what I haven’t mentioned is that I often take an entirely unscientific and entirely random approach to shooting as well. This I like to call holistic photography. So what is holistic photography? Fans of the late author Douglas Adams will know that beyond the famous five books of his Hitchhikers Trilogy, he also wrote two books featuring Dirk Gently, a holistic detective. Dirk makes use of the the fundamental interconnectedness of all things to solve the whole crime. The slightly zany idea behind holistic photography is to use the same principle of interconnectedness to bring us to great pictures.
Despite being the cutting edge of modern digital image editing, Photoshop borrows a significant number of its tools from the days of film. None more so than the Dodge and Burn tools. These two tools have been with us since the dawn of photographic printing and anyone who has spent a little time using an enlarger will know what they do. Today we are going to take a look at how to use their modern day equivalents in Photoshop.
Let’s be honest, if someone mentions landscape photography to you, most people immediately think of beautiful sweeping vistas, majestic coastlines with surreal water or cascading waterfalls in the middle of nowhere. Rarely do we think of side streets in a city or other man made locations. The fact is though, cities and towns are replete with landscapes, urban landscapes and these can be every bit as dramatic or as intimate as a rural landscape. Today we will take a look at how to shoot the urban landscape.
We should clear up one myth before we continue, a photographic portfolio is not the preserve of the professional photographer. Yes, in the days before digital, a folio case of beautiful, well-presented photographs was the first step in getting a commission, but in the digital, internet age, it is more a way to showcase your images to a wider world. That can be for the purpose of making money or simply to gain recognition and respect for your photography.