Photography is continual journey of learning and experimenting which our photography club promotes.
I have provided below some of the latest articles and videos which you may find of interest.
7 Tips For Great Photography Composition – Famous photojournalist Robert Capa was once quoted as saying “if your photos aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”
Capa was partly right; framing can make or break, a photograph. In this video, in less than three minutes, nature and landscape photographer John Greengo walks you through his tried and true framing rules that can elevate your work from cluttered and confusing to clean and beautiful: – READ MORE AND VIEW THE VIDEO
Visualizing Your Masterpiece -This is probably the hardest part of my process to describe. Hiking in the highlands, I am privileged to have access to some amazing landscapes,; as I walk through them I am overwhelmed by options. This makes it hard to identify when I see a truly special scene, since it can be drowned out by choice. However, I can increase my awareness by asking myself a question every time I raise the viewfinder to my eye: “Why do I feed the need to photograph this scene?” It kicks starts a little bit of dialogue in my head. Once I’ve answered that question it naturally leads to others: – READ MORE
How To Photograph Clouds – Nature often rewards us with incredible opportunities for photographing sunrises, sunsets and sun rays piercing through the clouds, creating stunning views. As a landscape photographer, I tend to wait for partly cloudy and stormy days, because clouds make photographs appear much more dramatic and vivid. Without clouds, sunrises and sunsets often look boring, forcing us to cut out the sky and focus on foreground elements instead. In contrast, if you get to witness a sunrise or a sunset with puffy, stormy clouds that are lit up from underneath with colorful sun rays, creating a fiery view, including the clouds in your photographs would make the scene appear much more colorful and alive. In fact, clouds can be so beautiful, that they could become the main element of composition in your photographs. In this article, I will not only talk about the process of photographing clouds, but also will focus on making clouds appear much more dynamic and dramatic in your photographs. READ MORE
Tips For Better Composition Of Seascape Photographs -Before trying to break rules, try to follow them. Start with the Rule of Thirds: divide your image into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. Then place important compositional elements along these lines or their intersections. The result will be that your photo becomes more balanced. In a seascape shot, for example try to put a Lighthouse on one of the vertical lines and the horizon on one of the horizontal ones. – READ MORE
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
4 Approaches To Black & White Conversion In Lightroom – Black and white photos can be powerful and inspiring, but it’s not always simple. With digital photography it is easy to convert a color photo to black and white, but if you want to get quality black and white images you will need to do more than simply take that RAW file or JPG file straight out of your camera and convert it to black and white.
Lightroom is obviously a popular tool for photographers, and when you’re working in Lightroom, there are several different techniques that you can use for getting quality black and whites. In this article, we’ll look at four approaches and how you can put them into practice. – READ MORE
What Is Post Processing In Photography? – I think that walking through a few shooting techniques that rely on post-processing is the best way to help you understand what it is. These are pretty involved topics, but these are techniques photographers use knowing they will be post-processing the shots. Stick with me and it will be worth it. – READ MORE HERE
HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)
Semi-Auto Bracketing For HDR – How To Extend Your Auto Bracketing Series – Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is the function by which modern DSLR cameras take multiple photos at different exposures with a single click on the shutter release button. This is a vital tool for HDR photographers. It allows you to shoot HDR photos hand-held and reduces the time it takes to produce an exposure series, thereby minimizing movement in the captured photos.
Most entry-level and mid-range DSLRs available today, however, are limited in the range of their AEB function. They usually do 3 shots with a maximum of 2 EV steps. That is, you can produce a series of exposures with -2EV, 0EV and +2EV for a given scene. This is enough form many situations, but if you want to shoot scenes with a higher dynamic range hand-held, you’re in trouble. – READ MORE
Photoshop Element’s Auto Smart Tone – For those not wanting to get deep into image editing or don’t have a need for the full Photoshop, there’s Photoshop Elements. Sharing a lot of its bigger sister’s power, Elements compacts features into more easily handled or automated parts.
One of these is a great feature called Auto Smart Tone. – READ MORE
Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Correct White Balance – Correcting white balance in Photoshop Elements – it’s one of the most basic things we do when editing our photos, but unfortunately, Elements doesn’t have a perfect “correct white balance” button or slider. – READ MORE
Adobe Lightroom 5 Training Videos – are FREE and are made available by Anthony Morganti. His 51 Youtube based training videos are available to you here.
A Super Simple Way to Make Landscape Photos POP Using Lightroom – It seems like virtually all outdoor or landscape photographs suffer from the same illness when they come out of the camera. The symptoms are:
– An overly bright sky
– Foreground that is too dark
– A general lack of color and contrast. – READ MORE
10 Tips for Optimizing Your Photos with Lightroom: A Primer on Basic Techniques – If you’re just starting out in Adobe Lightroom and would like some guidance on how you can use the software to improve your photographs, here’s a free lesson that may be of interest to you. Photography instructor Tim Grey shares his top 10 tips for optimizing photographs in Lightroom.
The talk runs for nearly 2 hours, so you’ll need to carve a chunk out of your day to watch it, but it could be helpful for anyone in need of a primer on some basic tools. – READ MORE AND VIEW THE VIDEO
Four Under-Used Tools in Lightroom’s Lens Correction Module – Almost every lens changes the way your image looks by warping it in some way. Each lens can create barrel distortion, vignetting at big apertures, chromatic aberration, and more.
Some lenses have more distortion than others. Let’s look at four tools in Lightroom’s lens correction module that are a lifesaver. – READ MORE
A Super Simple Way To Make Landscape Photos POP Using Lightroom – It seems like virtually all outdoor or landscape photographs suffer from the same illness when they come out of the camera. – READ MORE