- How to Use Lines in Photography Compositions
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Skydiving Fashion Shoot in Freefall at 12,500 Feet
- Canon Announces the EOS 70D
- Northern Lights: Captured in all it’s Glory with Timelapse Photography
- Ultra-Wide Angle Lenses: 5 Reasons to Use Them
Posted: 01 Jul 2013 04:17 PM PDT
A very powerful method of improving the composition of photos is the use of lines. Properly used, lines can significantly increase the impact of images. Lines serve to affect photographic composition in two ways. First, they serve to create a mood. Second, they lead the eye through the photograph. By affecting mood, lines add emotional content to images. By leading the viewer’s eye, they keep the viewer’s attention focused on the image.
When dealing with lines, the subject can be broken into the following types:
Horizontal lines tend to indicate a sense of homeostasis (lack of change). This use in an image often projects a feeling that an image, or part of one, is somehow frozen at a point in time. Horizontal lines should be used when a photographer wants to impart a sentiment of timelessness or lack of change to an image. In addition, they can serve to provide a contrast with more dynamic parts of an image. Examples can be found in buildings, horizons, and fallen objects (e.g. trees).
Vertical lines can project either a mood of stability or peace. When projecting a mood of stability, they often function similarly to horizontal lines. This can convey an implication of substance or permanence. Examples of vertical lines used to impart a mood of stability can be found in rock formations, power line poles, and vertical lines of buildings.
Proper use of vertical lines can also impart an impression of peace and tranquility. Examples of this use are trees in a fog shrouded forest, old fence posts on an isolated prairie, and a figure on a secluded beach in the early morning.
Diagonal lines can convey a sense of action or make an image more dynamic. For this reason, diagonals are a very powerful tool. Their power resides in their ability to grab the attention of the viewer. The viewer’s eyes tend to travel back and forth along diagonals. Diagonal lines can be formed, not only of objects such as streets or sidewalks, but also of color. For instance, a diagonal section of color can add drama to a flower image. Examples of diagonals are plentiful: roads, streams, waves, and branches are but a few examples of objects that can be utilized in a diagonal manner.
Mood: Jagged and Irregular
Jagged and irregular lines take us one step further on the continuum of emotion and feeling. While diagonals move us into the area of the dynamic, jagged and irregular lines often impart a sense of unease, tension, or fear to the viewer of the image. Heavy use of jagged and irregular lines can cause a negative feeling in the viewer (which may be exactly what the photographer intended). Therefore, they are the tools of choice for the photographer who wants to create a feeling of disquiet or agitation in the viewer. Examples can be found in roots, a crocodile’s teeth, stark mountain peaks, and the twisted metal of an automobile wreck.
Leading the Eye
As powerful as lines are in helping to create a mood in an image, they become even more powerful when they are also used to direct the viewer’s attention. When using lines to direct the viewer’s attention, two rules need to be followed. First, make sure that the lines always point toward the most important object in the image. This will direct the viewer’s attention directly to that object. Second, make sure that the lines never point outside of the image. Lines that point outside the image will make the viewer’s eye leave the image. This weakens the image and may result in the viewer losing interest in the image entirely.
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Posted: 01 Jul 2013 03:45 PM PDT
The other day I talked about timing and how sometimes you just have to have the patience to wait for that perfect shot. Well today we’re talking about the opposite kind of timing. That fast-paced, split-second, hair-trigger, cat-like reflex kind of timing. The kind you need to get a shot like the one David Bengtsson captured while skydiving from a plane. Why did need he quick reflexes for this shot you ask? Because in a few more seconds this girl’s face would have been flapping in the wind like a dog sticking its head out a car window. The shot had to be taken right after exiting the plane so the model’s face looked smooth and her eyes stayed open.
Of course, kudos shouldn’t only go to the photographer. The model gets props too for maintaining such a cool composure for someone whose just jumped out of an airplane thousands of feet in the air. Bengtsson says his model was a “former elite field and track athlete” and that she did an amazing job delivering under pressure.
How she managed to keep her eyes open without goggles and hold on to that tube of lipstick is beyond me, but she pulled it off, and the resulting image is incredible.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Skydiving Fashion Shoot in Freefall at 12,500 Feet
Posted: 01 Jul 2013 02:43 PM PDT
Designed to Change the Way Photographers Capture Images and Video, New Camera Features Newly-Developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology, Built-in Wireless Capability, 20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and More
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 2, 2013 – Canon is proud to introduce the high-performance EOS 70D Digital SLR camera – bringing advanced features to photo enthusiasts looking for a step up from their entry-level digital SLRs. Featuring an innovative new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for instant and precise focusing of video as well as still images, the EOS 70D also provides outstanding image quality and performance thanks to its new 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. Amazon is accepting pre-orders here: Canon EOS 70D
Canon’s newly-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera’s image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with the new EOS 70D close to the quality of a video shot with a camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a revolutionary CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance over other EOS cameras during Live View shooting and when shooting video.
Compared with Canon’s conventional Live View AF systems, Dual Pixel CMOS AF realizes shorter focusing times, exceptional tracking performance and smoother autofocusing during video shooting. And, because Live View shooting can be used in a manner similar to using the camera’s viewfinder, the fast and smooth AF performance allows users to concentrate more attention on the subject and composing the photo when shooting. Dual Pixel CMOS AF also supports 1031 models of EF lenses (including many earlier models), enhancing a photographer’s creative options as well as maximizing the benefit of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in a variety of situations.
Superb Still Performance
Featuring a new 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, as well as an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25,600), the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. And with high-speed continuous shooting of up to 7.0 frames per second (fps) united with a 19-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision f/2.8 dual cross-type AF center point), it allows photographers to easily capture accurately focused fast moving subjects. In addition, the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode delivers optimized photos and offers outstanding scene detection for amazing results even when shooting in low light.
The EOS 70D also incorporates a 63-zone Dual Layer IFCL (Intelligent Focus, Color & Luminance) AE metering system which enhances accurate exposures by minimizing random metering errors caused by varying subject colors and light sources. Other useful features include a built-in Electronic Level Function, Manual WB settings and AF Microadjustment.
The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera’s built-in wireless transmitter offers users several connectivity options to easily share their images. With the download of the free EOS Remote app2 from the Apple App Store or the Google Play store, users can connect to both iOS® or Android™ smartphones and tablets3 to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their camera to their device. They can also control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO from their smartphone. This camera also has the ability to connect directly to Canon’s iMAGE GATEWAY4, making photos easily accessible and ready to share on social networking sites. In addition, the EOS 70D has the ability to connect wirelessly to computers, DLNA devices, Wi-Fi Certified® Canon cameras and wireless PictBridge5 compatible printers, such as the PIXMA MG6320 Wireless Photo All-In-One printer model.
Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode for Professional Quality Video
With Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects in the central 80 percent of the imaging area. While shooting with any of Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, motor noise from the lens is significantly reduced so the camera will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded. For added flexibility, the EOS 70D Digital SLR camera also features a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment and an attenuator function to reduce audio clipping, an accessory jack for external stereo microphones and Video Snapshot mode with editing for expanded video shooting options. When users select the EOS Movie Mode, the EOS 70D offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 30 fps in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, matching the flexibility of other current EOS cameras such as the EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III, and EOS 6D models.
The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera provides advanced amateur photographers and photo hobbyists looking to hone their creative and technical skills with an innovative range of in-camera imaging features such as High Dynamic Range, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control modes that allow for expanded creativity. The new camera is also equipped with built-in RAW Image Processing and Image Resizing functions.
When any one of the seven Creative Filters is applied in Live View, users can preview the effect of the filter on the three-inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen monitor without having to shoot the image first. Users can pick from effects such as Art Bold, Fish-eye, Water-painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera and Miniature and choose the one that best expresses their creative vision before or after the image is captured.
All of these features, when combined with a high-resolution Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with intuitive touch controls featuring multi-touch operation and Touch AF, make it the ideal camera choice for photographers looking for the best in imaging technology.
The EOS 70D is compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) cards.
The EOS 70D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $1199.00 for the body alone and $1349.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens or $1549.00 bundled with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Also available will be a new Battery Grip BG-E14 that conveniently accepts up to two LP-E6 battery packs or a set of six AA batteries for a price of $270.00. Amazon is accepting pre-orders here: Canon EOS 70D
Posted: 01 Jul 2013 01:58 PM PDT
The Northern Lights is a spectacular display of nature that any photographer would pay to see and shoot. From the slower dancing lights, to the faster and more dramatic movements, it truly is a sight to behold. Photographer Ole C. Salomonsen's video, which contains both stills and video sequences created with DSLRs, is one that does the Northern Lights justice (for those of you reading this by email, the timelapse can be seen here):
The decision to include the real-time video footage was made so that audiences can better appreciate the speed at which the polar spirits 'dance'.
Most of the sequences in the video were shot near the city of Tromsø (also known as "The Northern Lights City") in northern Norway, while the city sequences were shot in and around the Tromsø area as well. It also includes a sequence shot in Findland and one in Sweden.
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Go to full article: Northern Lights: Captured in all it’s Glory with Timelapse Photography
Posted: 01 Jul 2013 11:17 AM PDT
Getting a new lens is always exciting for a photographer. Whichever one you get, it’s likely going to open up new areas of creative possibility. For those of you thinking about getting some new glass, DigitalRev TV has some good reasons why an ultra-wide angle is the way to go. If you’ve dismissed ultra-wide angles in the past, thinking that they’re the domain of landscape and architectural photographers, watch this video and think again (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Five Reasons You Need an Ultra-Wide Angle Lens
1. The presenter in this video, Kai, quotes photojournalist Robert Capa as saying, “If your photos aren’t good enough, then you aren’t close enough.” The immense field of view with an ultra-wide practically forces you to get in close—if you’re shooting street scenes, or candids, or even portraits with these lenses, the only way to differentiate your subject from the background is to get right up to it.
2. Once you’ve gotten up close, you’ll notice that the background seems to get pushed further away. This combination can make for some really interesting composition, and will get you thinking about creative ways to frame your shot.
3. The ultra-wide’s ability to take in so much of what’s right in front of you makes it possible to create drama using elements of the scene itself. Kai demonstrates how to do that with lines, here with the thoughtful framing of streetcar tracks. By getting up close to the tracks and positioning his camera near them, they start right at the bottom of his photo and extend back into the distance before disappearing. The tracks, though not the subject of the picture, define the space that’s being captured and help to create perspective in a dramatic way.
4. Ultra-wide angle lenses are perfect for small, tight spaces—you’ll miss few details whether you’re shooting in a small apartment or even an elevator.
5. The image you get with an ultra-wide is similar to the field of view of our eyes, but our eyes have limitations the lenses don’t. If you’re looking at something close to you, your eyes can still see a lot of what’s in the background, though you can’t focus on it. The reverse is true for far away subjects. But when you close the aperture down on your ultra-wide, the combination of a wide field of view with a long depth of field creates a view of things we’re not used to seeing. This distortion of how we really see makes for a more interesting picture.
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