A lot of photographers today find themselves more comfortable posing individuals and groups in a natural way, rather than the strict fashion most of us grew up with. That is, letting those groups pose themselves to some degree. With some outside direction from the photographer, a group of people can often arrange themselves rather organically, displaying their personality in the process: Wabi-sabi posing; Delightfully imperfect posing. As the group gets larger though, organic posing starts to fall apart too quickly for you to get a good shot.
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.
When photographing wildlife, we typically have a few seconds to ‘get the shot’ of that bird, bear, deer, common or rare animal. Our beautiful subjects don’t often move to the perfect pose or perfect setting and hold the position while we snap away. We have to think quickly on our feet. But what makes a great wildlife shot and who determines if it is great or not? Let’s answer the 2nd part first. You do. However, if you’re not happy with the image, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great image. It may be as simple as it didn’t turn out the way you planned. Asking for other’s opinions may confirm your instinct or make you reconsider another image that you had discarded as just ‘okay.’
Ever wondered how those fun and surreal photos are made? Well, usually the process of making them requires multiple images, some graphic design skills, and a brilliant idea. Other than that, there are absolutely no rules on how the final image is made. Of course, it is wise to stick to the basic photography rules in order for the image to catch the eye, and to stick to good color palettes.
Before there were photographers, there were painters. These painters helped pave the way for our photographic endeavors through their dedication to studying light. Fortunately, much of what these “Old Masters” knew have been passed down to us and established themselves as the fundamentals of photographic lighting. Through studying the works of the painters such as the English Masters, we can better understand how to utilize light to create impactful photographs outdoors. Let’s take a look at some examples as we examine five lessons that the English Masters can teach us.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography refers to creating an image, from two or more exposures of a scene, in which the appearance of colors is broader and richer than what is captured in a single photograph. The objective of HDR photography is to create an image that is closer to what you see than what your camera sensor can capture. HDR is used to bring out more details and tones versus a single photograph. HDR processing produces rich natural images. Additionally, HDR is also used by photographers to apply an artistic, surreal and even ethereal, creative flair.
No matter how good a photographer you are, blurry photographs will happen. It’s an undeniable fact of every photographer’s life. Professional photographers understand how and why blurry pictures occur, and do everything in their power to keep it in check. Beginners need to remember a couple of things to avoid blurry photos. At the moment, the only thing that you need to know is that blur is created by motion or by optics. Let’s look at why blurry images occur and the solution in each case.
One of the reasons people become consumed by their creative endeavors is due to an overwhelming desire to overcome a challenge. Any challenge worth confronting will, once defeated, yield an appreciable sense of personal satisfaction. But such challenges are also, to varying degrees, frustrating — you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but making it there is the hard part. Something that new photographers commonly struggle with (though this is hardly limited to just beginners) is translating the pictures they conjure in their mind’s eye to match the images that come out of their camera.
Weather can be maddeningly fickle; this simple statement might be more or less accurate depending on where you live, but I’m quite certain that photographers in virtually every part of the world have had their plans foiled by unexpected and unwelcome changes in weather. What should you do if you ever find yourself confronted by bad weather? Here are a few ideas.
Whether you’re a beginner in photography or pursue it as a hobby, we’re pretty sure you’re always eager to learn some interesting tricks that will help you get better results. Today I’ll share some tips and tricks that I’ve utilized over the years. Just for the record, this article does not follow any particular order or skill level. It’s just a collection of helpful photography tricks.