It’s Black Friday week! As well as special offers, this year we’ve pulled out a few useful quick tips from our photography guides on, photzy.com. We hope you find them useful.
Workflow is the Scary Post-Processing Term You Must Understand
(Tip from The Ultimate Guide to Fundamental Editing – 75% off today)
You’ve no doubt heard the term “workflow”.
Workflow is a key element to getting your fundamental post-processing done correctly.
Two facts you should know:
- All digital images (it doesn’t matter how expensive your camera was) require some fundamental post-processing steps to both “appear” and “print” their absolute best.
- “Workflow” is taking those fundamental steps and always applying them in a similar order. Randomly changing the order can actually have major adverse affects to the quality of your precious images!
Here’s the quick tip: Develop a repeatable and established “workflow” through your fundamental processing steps, and you’ll be guaranteed precise and predictable results!
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Is Your Photography In Balance?
(Tip from the Advanced Composition Guide – 58% off today)
Creating balance in a photograph requires the photographer to establish a pattern of “visual weight” to the various elements located within their photograph.
Think about this.
Does the largest object in your photograph always carry the most weight?
How about the smallest object?
How about the brightest object?
How about the darkest object?
How about the object that lies in the sweet spot according to the Rule of Thirds?
Do any of these attributes guarantee visual weight, and therefore, you can rely on them to give balance (or not) to your photograph?
The answer is no. None of them guarantee it.
Advanced composition is about arranging every object (that you include in your photograph) in a manner that adds weight, or deducts weight, from the various elements within the image.
Thus, a large object might “weigh” very little through placement and lighting. A small object might weigh a lot – through color and contrast.
To really advance your photography efforts, it’s critical that you understand the concept of visual weight and composition.
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How to Work with Multiple Light Sources
(Tip from Understanding Light Book Two – 66% off today)
Let’s talk about working with light for a moment.
All light has different characteristics. We are all pretty familiar with the warm glow of an incandescent light bulb, or the ‘blue’ light of a winter sunset. And, how many of us have had a shot ruined by the awful green color of a fluorescent lamp?
Many times when you are going to take a photograph, there will be different light sources, all of which have different characteristics, which will be causing an effect to your final photograph.
What is a photographer to do?
When attempting to adjust ‘mixed light’ of known characteristics, for a photograph, always start the thought process with the light sources that you have the least amount of control over.
Photo by Meagan on Flickr
In this photograph, of a couple at a county fair, there are four light sources: the electronic flash on the camera, the stadium lighting on the poles, the light from the sky, and the available light coming from the various booths.
If we were to make an assessment of these lights, and decide our level of control over each one- what would be the order from most control to least control? The flash has the most control, followed by the booths, and then the sky, followed by the stadium lighting.
The stadium lighting has the least control because it can’t be turned off, it’s quite bright and affecting the entire scene- thus it would be hard to avoid it. And, it’s also the most likely candidate to skew the color balance to some strange tint.
Our primary concern would be- what is the stadium lighting doing to the picture? And can we do anything about it? After solving that question, we would then worry about the others.
If you’re in a situation where you have control over every light source, such as a studio setting, always start with the main light and then add each additional light one at a time.
Check the effect of each light (by taking a test shot) before going on to the next one.
By building the lighting scheme slowly, one light at time- you will know how each light source is affecting the subject and background.
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