From sunrises, sunsets, desert ranges, majestic mountains to fields of flowers, creating beautiful landscape images can be easy at times, and sometimes difficult. There’s a lot to think about when composing beautiful images. Sure, we have to determine our ISO, depth of field and exposure compensation. We also need our tripod, cable release and possibly even a filter or two. Then, we need to get our composition just right. A lot of sky? A hint of sky? Or, no sky at all? Finding and framing up our images is a lot of work creatively and technically. However, there are a few in-camera tools that, with a touch of a few buttons and inspection, will give us more “Yes” versus “Had I only made an adjustment” moments when we get back home.
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.
The incredible assortment of buttons on your camera can be intimidating. We’re not talking about just pro level DSLRs, either; even entry level cameras really pack it in when it comes to button array. It can be overwhelming, especially for those just getting started in photography. How do you know, of all the features available on your camera, which ones you should learn first? While some might suggest it’s worth the effort to learn everything your camera is capable of, the more measured approach is to master the essentials first then move on to other features. The importance of being comfortable with your camera cannot be understated; mastering the following DSLR features will help you take control of your camera and, by extension, your creativity.
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.
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.
Many portrait photographers try to use wide aperture lenses in order to blur the background for more depth in the image. Every landscape photographer I know, struggles with having the perfect light conditions in order to gain more depth to the image. I’m not talking about depth of field, but about the sense of depth, that three-dimensional feel. Let’s see how you can use a foreground element to add to the composition of your photograph.
High key portraiture is a subject of constant debate among photographers. The different opinions are mostly on the subject of how bright the picture needs to be in order to fall into the high key category. I won’t get into the debate, of course, but I will try to explain the basics of high key portraiture. Maybe it won’t seem so at the beginning, but you should know that the rules for high key are simple. There are two terms you should remember – bright and precise. How bright? I will leave it to you to decide.
Most people take low key for granted, and think that one just needs to underexpose and all is set. The reality, however, is quite different. First of all, when it comes to low key photography, especially for portraiture, knowing light is essential. It is not just about whether you will use harsh or soft light, or one or multiple sources. It is often more complicated than that.
Macro photography isn’t something you can do by shooting from the hip like street photographers might do. There’s no doubt that you can take a relaxed approach to macro photography — plenty of macro shooters just grab their camera/macro lens combo and go out hunting for insects of whatever subjects might tickle their fancy. But […]
We’ve all been through this situation. You are in a place with so much going on, with a lot of people and activity. Your camera is in your hand, and you feel like there are so many things you could capture, right now. But where does your inspiration start? When you’re in a photographable situation, but you don’t have a clue, there are some go-to approaches you can use to combat cluelessness and start being creative.