Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Release: Incredibly Important Composition Skills

New Release: Incredibly Important Composition Skills

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New Release: Incredibly Important Composition Skills

Posted: 21 Apr 2014 05:49 PM PDT

In simplified terms when we talk about an image's composition, we're talking about how the various visual bits and pieces in a scene have been organized. This organization influences not only how the final image looks, but also how it feels and what we take away from it in terms of meaning. This new in-depth eBook is designed to provide a path to learning how you can take more amazing, memorable and exciting photos, all through the power of composition. It is currently 30% off for the launch sale which ends soonNow available here: Incredibly Important Composition Skills

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A strong composition is striking and engaging. It can draw viewers in with only a glance, before they even know what your image is about. On the other hand, a bland composition may fail to attract your audience's attention, and your image could be completely ignored. Ouch.

A few of the many topics covered (223 pages):

  • Introduction
  • You're About to Get Composition Superpowers
  • The Frame
  • What is 'The Frame'?
  • The Magic of the Frame
  • Aspect Ratios
  • Exercise: Through the Viewfinder
  • Compositional Elements
  • Fundamental Elements
  • Secondary Elements
  • Exercises on Compositional Elements
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Things to Keep in Mind
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Negative Space, Rule of Thirds, Balance
  • Bonus: The Rule of Odds
  • Visual Paths , Layering, Juxtaposition, Simplify
  • Exercises on Compositional Techniques
  • Composition Decisions
  • Essential Composition Questions, Decisions, and Quiz
  • Common Composition Problems and How to Solve Them
  • The Big Idea
  • Conclusion
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Included in the Bundle (Click to Learn More)

Composition also influences the way your audience 'reads' and understands the content of your scene once they've been drawn in. When we view photos, we tend to look around them in somewhat predictable patterns. For example, our eyes will tend to first latch onto things that are visually striking, like an emotive face, a bright light, an object that occupies a large part of the frame, or something sharply in focus in an otherwise blurry scene. Then they move to the less visually striking elements.

As we 'read' a photo, we extract information that contributes to our understanding of the photographer's message. A well-composed image will bring the focus to the right elements, in the right order, and won't leave the viewer bogged down with stuff that distracts or confuses. Though the viewing process is ultimately subjective, a well-composed image will increase the chance that the viewer takes away the message you want to convey.

Finally, composition influences your viewers' perception of your style or artistry. The way you choose to arrange elements in space will influence the aesthetic qualities of your image.

“The goal of this tutorial is to equip you with knowledge and techniques that will help you compose effective images with confidence. No longer will you feel like you're guessing at what makes a strong composition. By the end of this journey, you'll know how different elements affect your photo, how to combine them, and how to do it all in your own unique style. Boom!”

How to Get a Discounted Copy This Week:

This new eBook is currently 30% off for the launch sale that ends soon. It also carries a 60 day no-questions-asked guarantee, if you are not satisfied with any part of the book just let them know and they will give you a full refund so there is no risk in trying it. Comes in PDF format that can be read on computers, phones and most tablets (works great as a mobile reference out in the field).

Found here: Incredibly Important Composition Skills

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Photographer Takes Portraits of Torontonians from Every Country in the World (Video)

Posted: 21 Apr 2014 02:58 PM PDT

Roughly half the citizens of Toronto, Canada are immigrants. There’s a Little India, Little Italy, Koreatown, Greektown, Little Portugal, two Chinatowns, and huge swaths of English, Irish, and Scottish heritage. So it’s not surprising that one enterprising photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer, realized that he could photograph the entire world one Torontonian at a time. For his yearlong project, Cosmopolis Toronto, he’s shooting a portrait of a citizen from every country in the world without leaving the city limits:

Shafer shoots not only a portrait of the individual in a personally relevant space, but a close-up of an item that reminds them of their home—a doll, photograph, ring, toy, or tattoo.

“I think sometimes we maybe come to a point in our lives where we can realize that there’s value in not hiding some of those memories.” – Colin Boyd Shafer


Estonia’s flag colors on a Canadian maple leaf. (Via Cosmopolis Toronto. Click for larger image.)

Many of Shafer’s subjects have participated enthusiastically, happy to share their cultures with a community that has, for the most part, welcomed them openly.

“If you talk to any immigrant, or someone that’s migrated from another country, they will tell you that the number-one reason why families come to this country is to provide a future for their children. Because I see the opportunities. And when I see my children playing with children of different colors, different cultures, different religions, it tells me that I’m in the right place.” – Paul, from South Africa


Paul, from South Africa, moved to Toronto for his children. (Via Cosmopolis Toronto. Click for larger image.)

Shafer has found most of his subjects already, but he’s still missing citizens from roughly a dozen countries—mostly small and wealthy European nations like Monaco, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and San Marino. And if you know any Torontonians from Burundi, Kiribati, or East Timor, Shafer’s hoping you’ll send him a message before June 2014.

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Get Lost Around Europe in 11 Photos

Posted: 21 Apr 2014 12:52 PM PDT

Packing your gear and leaving your hometown for couple of days to explore new places  is the best way to fill your batteries? Or you’re enjoying it as a part of your job? Look what we found for this week’s photo list!


photo by Studio Laurent on location : Paris, France


photo by sangeeth sivan, on location : London, England


photo by whl.travel on location : Belgrade, Serbia


photo by Carlo Claveria on location : Berlin, Germany


photo by Tiberio Frascari on location : Oslo, Norway


photo by Jagannadha Raju Pusapati on location : Venice, Italy


photo by MorBCN on location : Amsterdam, Netherlands


photo by Eric Hossinger on location : Dubrovnik, Croatia


photo by rob castro, on location : Madrid, Spain


photo by MorBCN on location : Strasbourg, France


photo by Roman Boed on location : Prague, Czech Republic

Cities are truly amazing, living places that are simultaneously busy, lonely, awake, tired, and alive. So, don’t leave your camera in a hotel because you are just “taking a walk”. Amazing things could happen on the way! For more info check some professional travel photography tips! Have a great trip!

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4 Tips for Directing Photography Subjects to Achieve Your Vision (Video)

Posted: 21 Apr 2014 11:07 AM PDT

You can feel it pulsing through the crowd during any soccer game, fueling all of the screaming and whooping and dancing and boozing, the reason behind the elaborate costumes and the incessant waving of foam fingers and painted signs—energy. And so much of it that New York-based photographer Monte Isom dedicated a season in his career to try to harness that rampant excitement into a studio portrait series celebrating the 2014 World Cup.

In the following video, Isom takes viewers behind the scenes of his portrait project, showcasing some of his amazing portraits while also demonstrating his method for creating and maintaining an optimal shooting environment to achieve his photographic goals:

Besides explaining his project and displaying some of his work, Isom’s video notably includes footage of some of his interactions with subjects during the photo shoot. Viewers can glean several tips for how to set the mood and bring out the best in photography subjects.

1. Tell your subject what you want.

Isom gives clear instructions to his models about how to act and what types of expressions and energy he is looking for in the images. “There’s nothing you can do that’s wrong,” he tells one of them, and to another, he says, “I’m looking for happiness, celebration.” His direction gives the models confidence because they know just what to do.

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Fans’ expressions vary, but all of them have one thing in common: high energy.

2. Speak to subjects face to face and mirror desired poses and expressions.

When Isom provides direction to his models, he often sets his camera down and steps into the shooting area with the client. Spending a few minutes talking with a subject pre-shoot and lowering your camera to mirror desired poses and expressions can really help to put subjects at ease.

“The subject has to feel comfortable in front of the camera,” writes Isom on his Vimeo profile. “The most important thing is allowing the photo shoot to be their time.”

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Showing your subject what you’re going for to get the best expressions.

3. Encourage subjects by showing them their best photos.

Many photographers balk at the idea of showing subjects unedited images, but Isom makes a point to discuss awesome shots with his subjects, and the models seem undeniably encouraged that they’ve done well. Even just showing a subject a great shot on your camera’s viewfinder every once in a while can make all the difference.

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Each fan was decorated in the colors of their team.

4. Create a shooting atmosphere that complements your photographic vision and goals.

Isom wanted high energy photographs, so he created a high energy environment. At one point, he’s screaming, “It’s really happening!” right along with an excited fan as he shoots. If you foster an appropriate atmosphere, you won’t have to figure out how to pull certain expressions and behaviors out of subjects, because they’ll happen naturally.

“It’s just smooth-sailing. I always feel like a superhero around Monte,” said one of the fans. “He really raises everybody else’s game to that of his, which is high energy. It really just creates an atmosphere of fun and what’s not to like about that?”

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