- 7 Photography Composition Tips You Don’t Want to Miss
- 33 Amazing Photos of the Most Beautiful Abandoned Places on Earth (Album)
- How to Remove Fence Lines from Zoo Photos (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Hot Air Balloon Ride In Cappadocia, Turkey
- Exploring Miniature Photography With a LEGO Minifigure (Video)
- Workflow Tips in Lightroom and Photoshop
- Solar Telescope Timelapse Captures the Sun in Amazing Detail
Posted: 17 Jun 2014 10:14 PM PDT
Photography composition, like any art composition, depends on individual preference. Nevertheless, there are some rules which may be a great help to photographers. Having said that, rules are, in my opinion, something which you have to work with well, get comfortable with, and then try to go beyond (i.e., break them).
What I’d like to share here is not a list of textbook based rules of photography composition; instead, I’d like to share how to get creative around the basic rules to get amazing photos.
1. The rule of thirds is still important. When you want to play around with photography composition, the basic foundation you should be comfortable with is the rule of thirds. This is simply where the viewer’s eyes go when they see your images.
2. Move away from common angles. An image of flowers taken from the side is boring. Try to take it from a lower angle and capture the blue sky along with the flowers. Not only is the color combination more attractive to the eyes, but the impact of low angle strengthens the effect of the flowers.
3. Simpler is stronger. Keep your image simple. Simple images leave stronger impressions on the viewer. Also consider that sometimes a background is not necessary. Filling the frame fully with the main object can be an alternative.
4. Synergize. Reduce and eliminate elements that don’t support your main subject in the image. Composition is all about choosing angles that get rid of unnecessary objects and enhance your image.
5. Check and recheck your composition. You have to be quite a detail-oriented person when dealing with photography composition. Minor details, many times subtle, can damage or reduce the message you want to deliver.
6. Practice makes perfect. No matter how talented you are, the rule of thumb is that repetition is the mother of all skills. Take as many photos as you can. Learn from your experience to sharpen your instinct and improve your composition skills. The only way to gain the ability to produce high class images is through hours and hours of practice. I do hope you really like taking photos, or otherwise this process will be painful.
7. Learn from other people’s experience. I get inspired to explore the possibilities of composition by simply looking at other photographers’ work. In my early days in photography, I only shot pictures from eye level, and I put everything in the middle of the frame. Looking at pictures online really helped me to gain ideas and tap into a new paradigm of photography composition.
While composition has a lot of rules to it, it is still an art. There is no right or wrong in art. The only burden you have is the limit that you set for yourself. Keep exploring the possibilities to improve your photography.
Good luck and have fun!
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Posted: 17 Jun 2014 06:21 PM PDT
There’s something eerily beautiful about an old abandoned building or vessel. To imagine the lives of the people who once lived or worked there, to wonder how a boat ended up to rest frozen in shallow waters or how an entire village became a ghost town, to witness new life emerging from the remains of abandoned history. Here are some of the world’s most eerie, mesmerizing, sad, and stunning abandoned places:
Whether nature rejected or thrived on these man-made structures, the final images all tell a story. The house in Kolmanskop, the abandoned blade mill in France, and the ghostly Colombian hotel are so incredibly attention-grabbing and breathtaking.
What are your favorites? Do you know of any other beautiful places that aren’t on this list? Share them with us!
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Posted: 17 Jun 2014 05:25 PM PDT
Zoos and wildlife-oriented parks provide perfect opportunities to photograph exotic and often dangerous wildlife without traveling halfway across the world to stalk them in their natural habitats. However, thick security fences often make it difficult to create truly excellent shots.
In the following video, photographer Glyn Dewis provides a detailed walk-through of a useful Photoshop technique that will forever rid your photos of those pesky fence lines:
Blurred fence lines cause at least three problems when they cut across a photograph: they alter and fade colors, they add flatness to shadow areas, and they compromise sharpness. Dewis’s technique for removing fence lines compensates for all three of those key affected areas.
The first step is to restore color to the lion’s fur. The process is more complicated than simply selecting a normal soft brush, color sampling, and painting, because in restoring the color to the lighter areas of fur, we also want to preserve, and later darken, the shadows underneath—especially in the mane. Here is Dewis’s recommended workflow for restoring color to the lion’s fur, beginning with the mane:
Now that the lion’s fur and mane are looking more naturally vibrant, we need to restore and darken the areas of the lion’s body where natural shadows have been grayed and flattened by the fence lines. The process for this technique is much the same as the previous color-restoration step:
Dewis recommends using Adobe’s built-in Camera Raw program to restore sharpness to the areas of the lion that have been blurred by those obnoxious fence lines. By using the program’s adjustment brush, sharpness can be restored in only a few simple steps:
If Dewis’s process worked for you, then your wildlife should be looking well indeed and most evidence of those pesky fence lines should have disappeared. This technique can take some time, so it is a good idea to try your best to capture as little of the fence lines as possible in-camera if you are planning to edit and use photos of this nature later on.
Posted: 17 Jun 2014 04:35 PM PDT
The cheerful floating balloons dotting the dreamlike landscape look more like something from Dr Seuss’s alternate reality than a place here on planet Earth. This fantastic image was captured by Gypsy Joyce on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey:
Cappadocia is a hot spot for tourists searching for cultural, historical and geological treasures. The surrealistic landscape (sometimes called moonscape) has strange rock formations pleasantly dubbed “fairy chimneys.” Cappadocia is also one of the highest ranked places in the world to fly in a hot air balloon. The steady weather conditions and incredible scenery make it hard to beat. And with an image like that, I’d say I would have to agree!
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Posted: 17 Jun 2014 02:26 PM PDT
Armed with nothing but a LEGO minifigure and an iPhone, British photographer Andrew Whyte travels around Britain capturing some rather unique photographs. Whyte poses the little LEGO guy, who has a tiny plastic camera, in front of various real life scenes and takes his portrait. Watch a short interview with the photographer:
The pair have been all around the country, never letting a photo op pass them up:
Whyte started his project using his DSLR, but wasn’t happy with the perspectives he could get of the toy due to the bulkiness of the gear. Once he switched over to the an iPhone, he was able to create scenes. He photographs from the minifigure’s level by holding the camera upside down so that its lens is close to the ground. He notes the camera phone also allows him to have better depth of field even when focusing at a close distance.
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Posted: 17 Jun 2014 11:58 AM PDT
Creating a tailored and efficient workflow may not seem very important to new photographers, but in all actuality, having an organized way of handling your image files is one of the most important things to have. This is especially true as you accumulate more and more files over the years and need to be able to quickly find specific files. In the video below, Aaron Nace delivers some important tips to get you started on the right track:
Nace’s way of organizing is a highly efficient way to sort image files. While it may seem a little time consuming to get set up, the time you’ll save in the future when looking for an image will far outweigh the few minutes it takes to get organized. His system is superbly hyper-organized, thanks in part to the the hierarchical system in which he arranges his folders.
Rename Lightroom Folders
He starts his process by going through and culling all the images that are not usable so he doesn’t waste space. He then imports them into Lightroom into a file which is named simply after the date the images were taken. This process creates multiple folders, because the images on Nace’s memory card were taken over the course of the day. He then renames one of the folders by leaving the date and adding a small description of the images. For example, he named his file 2014-05-27 Bahamas Shoot.
The next step is one of the most helpful. In the file he just renamed, he adds four subfolders, one each for:
He now drags all the imported images into the Capture subfolder. Since multiple dates and folders were created in his original import, he will have to drag each of the dated folders into the same Capture subfolder. From there, he creates two more subfolders within the Capture folder: Landscape and Portrait. He now sorts through the images and adds them to either Landscape or Portrait depending on the image.
Once they are all sorted, you are free to do your edits within Lightroom or Export them to the Selects folder as a TIFF that can be easily opened in Photoshop for further editing. Once all of the edits are done, whether using Lightroom, Photoshop, or a combination of the two, they should be saved to the Output file where they wait to be published!
Posted: 17 Jun 2014 11:55 AM PDT
Göran Strand, a photographer who has been featured by NASA and National Geography and whose movie work has been used by the band Coldplay and the Discovery Channel, has been waiting an entire year to shoot a certain sunset:
As he stood at the Swedish National Biathlon Arena in Östersund, Sweden, the sun passed directly behind a large radar tower in a small village called Ås. (Via PetaPixel.) Using a solar telescope and a monochrome camera with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, he captured the silhouettes of the infrastructure on the sun, which was marked with sunspots and filaments. The sun’s yellow tint was added in post-production.
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