- Elements That Make a Striking Photograph
- Using Complementary Colors to Make Your Photos Pop (Video)
- A Professional Photographer’s Journey from Film to Digital (Video)
Posted: 21 Jul 2013 04:52 PM PDT
What does it take to create a really stunning image? There are six basic elements when designing a great image and certain factors that influence composition and make a really great image. If you can understand these and learn to apply them successfully then you’re on your way to top photos.
Now although there are all of these elements to consider, you still need to understand that a really stunning image is composed in the simplest way. So with these factors in mind, use your photographic eye to create images that have them present. So let’s take a look at the elements.
Shape is fundamental to your images. Without shape you cannot identify your subjects. If you are unable to identify the shape of a lion under a tree when hiking through a reserve then you are in trouble. Shape is what the viewer sees first and allows them to relate all of the elements in the image.
This is the strongest of all the elements and comes into play very often. If you can use strong lines in your images they will be striking. Learning to use lines is essential if you are to progress in your photography. As you learn digital photography use them often. From horizontals to diagonals and from verticals to converging, all of these will strengthen your images.
Now shape is two dimensional but when we get to form we add a third dimension, depth. Form is very dependent on light. How the light hits the form creates the feeling of depth which is essential in a stunning image. Squares, circles and triangles reveal their form when strong sidelighting hits them. The contrast between shadows and light turns shape into form.
Patterns to me are exciting. Finding patterns where you least expect them adds a new dimension to your images. Repeated patterns and broken patterns both reveal interesting aspects in a photo. Patterns can be used as the subject or as a background to an image. The careful use of these patterns will always help in creating a really great image. Patterns can be found everywhere and by identifying them will add interest to the overall image. Use them to your advantage.
Use color to your advantage as well. Color is the most striking of the elements when used correctly. Contrasting and complementary colors will create an amazing image but used incorrectly will wash out an otherwise great photo. Color evokes deep emotion. We think in color and feel in color and use color to describe those feelings. Red gives a feeling of passion while orange warmth. Black denotes anger and fear while green represents growth and peace. If you can add color to an image that already has elements that evoke the emotion, then the final image will be exceptional.
Out of all the elements I think that texture evokes the biggest emotional response by a viewer. The challenge here is to photograph it in such a way that the light causes the texture to reveal itself in a way as to create a feeling. Sidelighting is important as it lifts the texture out of the image so as to almost create the actual texture for you to feel. More than any other element it is important to get in close so that the fibres, cracks or rough stone are clearly visible.
These elements of design can all make that outstanding image when used by themselves or when combined. By regularly looking for them and applying them in your images you will learn just how incredibly they help to create great photos. Happy shooting!
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Posted: 21 Jul 2013 03:25 PM PDT
Opposites attract. That’s what they say. Typically this saying refers to people. The quiet shy girl likes the talkative outgoing boy, the short man has a crush on the tall woman, and the scientist is married to the preacher. This saying can also be applied to photography, but rather than the opposites attracting each other, they attract your clients and admirers. Just like opposites in a relationship, opposites in photography can complement one another. One example is color:
There are other color patterns that you can use in you photography too:
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Posted: 21 Jul 2013 11:24 AM PDT
Today, we often take digital cameras for granted. We can adjust our ISO, view our images, and focus the lens all with the touch of a button. There are many who struggled to make the change from film to digital, but once they saw the conveniences it provided, most converted. One who did not is professional photographer Donald McCullin. Famous for his wartime photos, McCullin has been shooting film for around 50 years. Only recently was he introduced to the realm of digital, thanks to Canon. This short film shows McCullin as he tries using a digital camera for the first time:
In the end, it’s safe to say the McCullin thinks digital cameras are simply amazing and provide superior flexibility. He comments on the speed and accuracy of the autofocus and the camera’s ability to shoot in low light. With a digital camera, he says he no longer has to worry if there’s enough light to capture an image. This is most likely referring to digital’s ability to use high ISO settings.
Amongst all of his compliments however, there is one thing he points out that he believes to be a downfall to digital: the LCD screen. He says that people look at the screen too often and that it distracts that photographer from the scene at hand. He believes that once you look away from the viewfinder, you lose a bit of control of the preconception of what’s happening in front of you. It seems that he is much more a proponent of patience when photographing.
Go to full article: A Professional Photographer’s Journey from Film to Digital (Video)
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