Cumbersome, heavy and unnecessary are words that often spring to mind when talking about tripods. All of these words are quite accurate and good excuses not to take a tripod with you. The fact is though, in many cases you can get much better image quality if your camera is tripod-mounted as opposed to handheld. Maybe the light has faded fast, you may have seen an amazing flower, perfect for a tripod locked macro or perhaps that scene in front of you is begging for a deep depth of field. These are all shots you may lose if you don’t have a tripod with you. Today, rather than espouse the benefits of tripods, we are going to look at ways of motivating yourself to take one more often.
Abstract art separates reality of a subject through the use of imagery. Instead of an accurate, concrete image, abstract art instead conveys feeling, mood, color, movement and/or texture. While there is not a hard and fast definition of abstract nature photography, we can apply the principals found in abstract art to create captivating images. Exploring and using an abstract approach in nature photography positively impacts our creativity in 1) composition, 2) use of color, movement, lines and texture, and 3) post-processing. When delving into abstract, a key tip is to bring the focus to the elements of the subject versus the subject itself.
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all,” wrote Stanley Horowitz. It is apparently the succinctness and vividness with which Horowitz describes autumn that has so resonated with people searching for seasonally appropriate quotes. Accordingly, the macro images that follow all embody, to one degree or another, the brilliant patchwork of seasons that is autumn.
When traveling there are things that are not in your control, especially if photography is one of the main reasons you are traveling. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there is nothing to be done. Here are 7 things to keep in mind when doing travel photography.
With another week behind us, we find Toad Hollow Photography searching high and low online, seeking to find the best links to ebooks, tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone. This week’s list features a wide variety of subjects presented by some of the most talented artists working in the field today. We really hope you enjoy these links as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.
A photograph that uses emphasis of a certain element that stands out or is singled out. Emphasis can set a mood or create an evocative element. Let’s see what you have this week!
Hello, I am a writer, an artist, an adventurer, and a photographer, and a senior in high school. I came across this website when in search for some help with my capstone project, which will be centered around photography (mainly the biological uniqueness of where I live). I got into photography when I began seeing […]
Window again? by Duendedelfoto on Light Stalking
Hi, I have been interested in photography ever since I received my Canon AE1 Program for my 21st. Currently in Peru after a few month journey through Costa Rica and Mexico
Hi there, The first photograph that really got me hooked was in a book of landscape shots by David Noton – it was a verdant evening shot in the Pyranees and I had no idea that light could be captured in the way he had in this photograph. I’m keen to learn more about shooting […]