To assist you in developing your photography skills and abilities, we have included the following information.
Here is a brief video demonstrating that you can use the Mac Photos app with external editing programs that you may have installed on your computer.
- This assumes that you have installed the external programs before attempting to use them from Photos.
- Luminar and Infinity are 2 programs that play well with Photos.
- Launch your Photos App
- Select the photo you wish to work on
- Choose Edit from the top right (latest version)
- When the edit window opens pick the circle with the dots inside it, should be to the right side beside the Info button.
- You will get a dropdown list of all the external editing software that Photo knows about.
- Select the program in which you wish to edit your photo.
- When finished there is a Save Changes button on the top right depending on which program you chose. There may be on screen instructions on how to get back to Photos. Follow the on screen prompts and then hit Save Changes and you will be back in Photos with your edits completed.
Here is a PDF on Composition, It was found online by Karen Kroeker and passed on for the members.composition
YouTube Tutorial Channels for Photography Related Subjects
Some Channels fall into more than one category
If you have a favorite or a good one that does not appear in this list, send the link or the name of the YouTube channel to Brian Kilpatrick or the of this site and we can add it to the list as a resource for new and experienced members.
Software: Lightroom, Photoshop and similar
Phlearn — photoshop tips tricks and tutorials
Serge Ramelli — Photoshop and Luminar tips
B&H — Various Shows on many, many topics
Adorama — A full learning channel with various presentors
The Camera Store (Calgary) — In the field reviews of various products
Settings: Aperture, Shutter speed, Iso
Mike Browne — Good
General Photography: Composition, Lighting etc
Mike Browne — Good
Portrait: From the view of Photographer and the Model
Jason Lanier — Photoshoots and Lighting tips with models
Weekly Imogen. — Photoshoots and tips from the model’s perspective
PhotoRec TV. —Gear and some shooting tips
Online Photo news:
Tony and Chelsea Northrup — Camera Tutorials, Ebooks — Good
The Slanted Lens
This article has great advice for improving your photography. PS; it applies to all photographers, not just Fuji users. Submitted for your enjoyment by Ted Akune
Welcome back to our camera club meetings.
I have included below some recent articles in a wide range of photography topics which may be of interest to you.
How To Be Different And Make Your Photography More Unique – When starting on the path of learning photography, it is common for some to already have an idea about what their work is supposed to look like. They admire and look at the work of photographers and want to be able to do similar work themselves. While this is an important part of the learning process, the best photographers all eventually go off in their own direction, and creatively it’s very important to think in this way. You want your work to ultimately be different. Here are some steps to help you figure out how to go against the grain and make your photography more unique. – READ MORE
Aperture: Get Creative – The primary purpose of the aperture setting is to regulate the amount of light that passes through the lens. Along with the shutter speed, it determines the quantity of light that reaches the camera’s sensor (or film) and forms a third of the ‘exposure triangle’. But, of more interest to most photographers is the creative potential of the aperture and shutter speed settings. I wrote about shutter speed a few weeks ago and today I’m going to explore some ways of making the most out of aperture. – READ MORE
Why Semi-Automatic Mode Is The Best For Choice For Wildlife – There is a mindset that a lot of photographers seem to have around anything but manual mode is cheating. Not only does this frustrate me as a statement, but it’s just bad advice, that hinders the photographic progress of others. I would argue that there’s no cheating in photography, and that using your camera in fully manual modes actually makes it harder to achieve the photo you’re looking for – so let’s take a look at why semi-automatic modes are a good choice for wildlife photography. – READ MORE
More Ways To Create Better Images Without Buying More Gear – Jay Maisel has to be one of the most interesting photographers alive today. He is 85 years old and he still makes a point of carrying his camera with him every day, everywhere he goes. I recently watched a few videos where Scott Kelby spent a few days with Jay, just wandering through the streets of New York and later, walking through Paris. – READ MORE
Now To Achieve Background Blur or Bokeh – If I show you two different portraits, one with a blurred background and one with a sharp background, you will automatically prefer the one with the creamy bokeh. Why? Because that’s just how it is. No, the bokeh effect is very flattering because it isolates the main subject by separating it from the background.
If you did not know, bokeh means blur in Japanese, and it is purely aesthetic.
Most portrait photographers blur their backgrounds, and I certainly do it because when I take a picture of someone, I want the viewer to focus on the person’s face and not what’s going on behind them. – READ MORE
5 Ways To Keep Your Photography Talent Sharp – There are so many rewarding aspects in life, and one of them is growing in something you love, something that you’re good at. Not only do we feel a sense of accomplishment, but we feel larger on the inside. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic hobbyist with a knack for photography, improving your talent is a special thrill. On the flipside, there are few things more frustrating than that feeling of being stuck under a glass ceiling where you feel jaded, your work starts to feel dull, your passion begins to wane, and your creative juices dry up. We all plateau from time to time, and it’s important to get out of the rut quickly. So, how do you sharpen your photography talent? Here are five ways to get back on track. – READ MORE
7 Musts Of Great Composition In Photography – Speaking of musts, every discussion about photography and composition must begin here. Before you ever hoist your camera or touch your shutter, you should say to yourself, “This is a picture of a ____.” When you fill in the blank, be as specific as possible. The more specific you are, the better the picture you can take. This is one of the truisms of photography. To have a great picture, you must have a clear, unmistakable subject. – READ MORE
5 Ways To De-Clutter Your Composition – You’ve probably heard a number of “rules” of photography composition such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, and adding foreground interest. But there is one other simple guideline that you can apply to all of your compositions that will help raise the quality of your photos to a new level: de-clutter!
Simple compositions with only a few elements tend to have more impact than photos that include too much. – READ MORE
The Importance Of A Focal Point In Photo Composition – A focal point is the part of an image that draws the eye of a viewer to the most important part of the image or the area that you want to highlight. How you do this will make or break the final image. If you don’t know how to create this point then you will not achieve much in your photography. – READ MORE
5 Tips To Nail Focus In Your Landscape Photos – Focus is a topic that comes up often in my landscape workshops. How should I focus my camera? What do the different focus areas do and when should I use them? Where in the scene should I focus?
Here are 5 focusing tips to help you nail focus and get tack sharp landscape photos. – READ MORE
Tips For Doing More Spectacular Sunset Photography – The first thing I was told to do when I wanted to learn how to photograph landscapes and cityscapes, was to always shoot during the sunset. I have always asked myself why, but the answer is actually pretty easy. You get amazing colors in the sky, dramatic clouds, and soft light. – READ MORE
5 Tips For Better Wildlife Photos – Wildlife photography is a pursuit that can be challenging, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding to any photographer. The arrival of digital cameras has inspired a whole new generation of photographers to take an interest in wildlife photography. – READ MORE
Why Off-Camera Flash Isn’t As Scary As You Think – The word alone has the potential to cause dread, even among experienced photographers, bringing to mind images of overexposed faces and red eyes. Because of this, many photographers avoid flash altogether, keeping a safe distance at all times. I think that’s too bad.
It’s a missed opportunity. Sure, flash may not always be applicable to your situation – but it’s very helpful to have another tool in your bag of tricks if and when it is needed. – READ MORE
Soft Box Lighting Techniques To Sculpt And Shape Your Model – Lighting setups tend to fall into two categories—simple and complicated—especially when it comes to multiple light setups. However, lighting plays a significant role in the overall outcome of your image, despite the complexity of your setup. In this helpful tutorial, professional photographer Wayne Johns shows how you can use softbox lighting controls to sculpt and shape your model: – READ MORE & VIEW VIDEO
For our June 2016 Photography Tips, I have included below some recent articles on various photography topics.
Why Is Black And White An Excellent Way To Start Photography – Black-and-white photography is the place to start if you’re serious about becoming a better photographer.
Go back to the dark ages before digital. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and the equivalent of Adobe Lightroom was a small piece of card on the end of a wire.
The first thing beginner photographers would learn is to shoot, develop, and print a roll of black-and-white film. We can go back to those roots today to solidify our skills. – READ MORE
How To Find Your Personal Photographic Style – Finding your personal photographic style is something of a holy grail to photographers, yet seldom an overnight occurrence. Nor would you want it to be, as developing a style that is uniquely yours is one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of photography. For a lot of photographers, it is an ongoing, ever-evolving process, influenced by many factors. Some photographers find a single style that works for them, which they stick to and hone, while others might develop two or more dominant styles. – READ MORE
Why You May Be Failing To Reach Your Potential As A Photographer – There are a number of reasons why someone might not succeed at reaching their full potential, more than I can cover in this article, so please feel free to add to this list by telling us what obstacles get in your way. If you have solutions to someone else’s problem, feel free to offer up some advice, and help out a fellow photographer. – READ MORE
Seeing The World Through Clothslines – Padding through the tight cobblestone alleyways of Venice, it’s common to see clotheslines connecting one house to its neighbor. Drying machines are rarities in Italy, and women of these historic homes take great pride in the meticulous hanging of their families’ garments. There is a proper way to air-dry everything from linens and undergarments, and much can be learned about one’s neighbors simply by the skill and etiquette displayed during laundry day, when the fragrance of detergent commingles with that of the salty canal.
Having grown accustomed to the (often wasteful) use of machine driers, American tourists to foreign countries are astonished by the colorful arrays of drying clothing. Indeed, there is a genuine artistry to the ways in which faraway residents care for their clothing. In Italy, laundry, called bucato, is particularly meaningful in the older cities, where wisdom is passed down from one generation to the next, usually by women. – READ MORE
How To Create Gorgeous Flower Images Using A Flashlight And A Reflector – In this tutorial, I’m going to share with you some simple and inexpensive ways to create beautiful flower images. You will learn to add light by using a flashlight and a reflector. If you add in some imagination and patience, you will soon be creating gorgeous flower images of your own.
In addition, you will gain insight about seeing light, and how and recreate it on your own. – READ MORE
100 Best Photographs Without Photoshop – Nature and humankind are both great artists, and when they join forces, amazing masterpieces can be produced.Today Bright Side has collected for you works in which the combined efforts of mother nature and photographic artists have captured magic moments showing the wondrous diversity of modern life and the natural world. – CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING PHOTOS HERE
5 Tips To Improve Your Background And Make The Subject Stand Out More – If you are looking for a quick, simple, hassle-free way to make your images pop more and stand out, this is the article for you!
You don’t have to be a Photoshop genius – in fact, this may help you spend less time in Photoshop. These simple tips can elevate the photos you take. If there was one element in many images I see that could greatly improve it, it would have to be this: backgrounds. An ugly or distracting background can easily reduce the impact of even the best subjects. A clean, un-distracting background will help improve your images and make your subjects stand out even more. The best past is, you wont even have to spend a cent to do this. – READ MORE
How To Improve The Impact Of Your Urban Images Using Lines – If you are struggling with getting your photos of cities and architecture to pop out, chances are that you are underestimating the power of lines in your images. Lines help you structure your images in ways that lead your viewers to look at different parts of the picture, and create interest in both your main objects and the surroundings. – READ MORE
5 Creative Compositions Tips From Huntington Witherill – Our new video is about mastering the art of visualization, and no one does it quite as uniquely as photographer Huntington Witherill. Witherill’s approach to composition is one he models after some of the greatest photographers of all time. He quotes Edward Weston when he describes visualization as “the strongest way of seeing.” As you’ll see in this video, his imaginative composition is inspired by photographer Minor White, who said “photograph things for what they are, and for what else they are.” This video is sure to get you creative composition juices flowing. – READ MORE
How To Photograph Modes Of Transportation – As a landscape photographer, shooting planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation is not something I do very often! But I find that tackling new subjects and breaking out of my comfort zone is always beneficial and I think you will too. You’re bound to learn something!
For this theme, you are not limited to just planes, trains and automobiles; use your imagination to discover all kinds of vehicles, as long as they are (or at one time were) capable of taking you from point A to point B. This can be on the road or off of it, in the sky or on the water. They can be still or in motion, near or far. As long as it can carry people, it counts! – READ MORE
Tips For Taking Family Photographs – Family portraits fall into three main categories: traditional family portraits, candid family portraits, and lifestyle family portraits. Most families have had their picture taken, but few have had a chance to have their portrait shot, because of the difference between the two. One is a quick snap, with little attention given to the technical aspects of the image; the other has more consideration given to how the final result should look.
It’s often said that a good portrait captures the personality of the subject(s), and that’s true, but what it also does is record the subject(s) in a way that’s different from other pictures they’ve had taken of themselves. By using a couple of simple techniques – anyone can move from the realm of ‘snapshots’ to discovering how to deliver distinctive family portraits. – READ MORE
5 Travel Street Portraying Photography Tips – Capturing an authentic image of someone on the street is not a very easy thing to do. To really capture their soul—an honest moment of someone looking straight into the camera and revealing themselves—that’s magic. Photographer Kenna Klosterman uses travel street portraiture to really connect with a culture and its people while she’s traveling. Here are her top five tips to connect with strangers and take better street portraits: – READ MORE
10 Expert Tips For Taking Photographs – Surrounded by the beauty of nature, many photographers experience a longing to capture those stunning vistas, towering mountains and waterfalls, decorated valleys, and quiet pools, alive with light and color. Unfortunately, after photographing landscapes, many photographers often experience a startling sense of defeat when the images turn out to be shapeless, emotionless and otherwise amateur in post-processing.
In this video, award-winning landscape photographer Antony Spencer shares 10 tips for landscape photographers looking to hone their craft and produce high quality work—including some composition advice to help infuse photographs with shape and feeling: – READ MORE
Using Sun In Your Images – Including the sun in your photos can be a creative way to capture different lighting in your images. But, the sun can also be a bit overpowering. Like any good composition, think about how and when to add the sun for the most effective impact.
Early morning or late afternoon, when fog rolls in, is a great time to add the sun. It will create a moody, silhouetted feeling much like what was captured in the image of the Atchafalaya Basin swamp below. The fog filters the sun reducing its bright hot spot to a manageable exposure. – READ MORE
For this month’s Photography Tips webpage, we have included some of the most recent articles under the following categories:
The Ultimate Guide For Mastering Light In Your Photography – In photography, if you do everything ‘by the book’ and lack some experience, you’d think that selective focus is what makes the eye focus on the subject, and that light is used to make everything look nice and beautiful.
While that is partially true, both light and focus play the exact opposite roles as well. Beginner photographers often don’t realize that light is everything. Light is beauty, light is focus, and light by itself can make or break a photo. – READ MORE
How To Photograph Weather – Welcome to another instalment of “Great Subjects”! Today we’ll discuss how to photograph weather and make the most of snow, rain, fog, clouds, wind and even sun.
Outdoor photography is highly dependent on the weather, which can often be a little bit unpredictable. Depending on where you live you might be enjoying sunshine on the snowy streets, enduring a storm, sloshing through rain puddles, or basking in the heat of the desert.
Every great landscape photographer needs to know how to make the best of any type of weather. After all, photography is less about the subject itself, and more about the light it’s seen in. – READ MORE
Photographic Standard: How To Critique Your Own Photos – It has been that said the most difficult thing for man to do is to judge his or her creative work, objectively. Be honest, can you tell when your work seems to be missing something? More importantly do you know what it is that’s missing? You can only improve your photos if you set a high photo standard to compare yourself against.
When Time-Life selected 250 photos for the Great Photographers volume of their Time-Life Photography series; they chose 68 photographers out of thousands. Those editors defined “great” photographers based on three main factors. – READ MORE
5 Steps To Increase The Sharpness Of Your Photographs – Somewhat of an obvious point, but a very important one nonetheless. If your lenses and/or filters have dust or debris on them, however small and unnoticeable to the naked eye, it can create ugly soft spots on your photograph. There have been countless times I was in such a hurry to go shoot, I didn’t check the glass to see if it needed a good cleaning. This especially holds true if the lens I am using has been sitting on my shelf for a while, collecting dust. Even if the lens has been wrapped up in a pouch with a cap on top, it can still accumulate dust on the outer element. – READ MORE
The Dutch Angle: Tilting The Camera To Dramatic Effect – The Dutch Angle (or Dutch Tilt) is a technique that involves tilting your camera to one side, resulting in a frame that isn’t level. Jacob T. Swinney of Fandor created this 3-minute compilation video showing the technique being used in a large number of movies.
We see slight tilts of 5 degrees all the way up to huge tilts of 90 degrees. The Dutch Tilt “can be used for dramatic effect and helps portray unease, disorientation, frantic or desperate action, intoxication, madness, etc…” – READ MORE
Beginner’s Guide To Better Landscape Photography – If you’re new to photography, you most likely get a little confused when it comes to keeping all the jargon, camera settings, and composition rules straight. We’ve all been there. And those of us who are visual learners will appreciate this helpful landscape photography infographic below, which clearly illustrates all the basics. – READ MORE
5 Tips For Beginner Nature Photographers – Candace Dyar (formerly Candace Bartlett) is not a household name in landscape photography circles and if you were to see her images you would question, why not? After visiting Candace’s website, we were so impressed that we decided to invite her to an interview for our InFocus Magazine. Naturally the question we asked was how can someone just getting started in landscape photography capture stunning images like the ones she has. Here is what she had to say:
Since beginning my photographic journey roughly six years ago, I have absorbed a great wealth of information along the way that has helped me to evolve and advance my abilities both in the field and in the realm of post processing. While some tips can seem very basic and mundane, they may also prove to be extremely helpful in the long run. Here are the first five out of ten tips I have compiled for aspiring landscape and nature photographers who are just getting their feet wet and want to eventually take their photography to the next level. – READ MORE
Five More Tips For Beginner Nature Photographers – I have compiled for aspiring landscape and nature photographers who are just getting their feet wet and want to eventually take their photography to the next level. While it was difficult for me to narrow it down to ten tips, I tried my best to provide as much helpful information as possible.
If you are passionate about landscape or nature photography, this is the most important skill that you should nurture and develop. Although it does not apply to all situations, attractive and high-quality landscape photos are frequently defined by the light in which they were taken. This involves looking around for appealing combinations of shadow, light, texture, and color. Keeping the sun in front of you creates silhouette scenes and can also provide a pleasing dramatic or burst type of effect, depending on the conditions and your composition. – READ MORE
5 Tips For Great Sunset Photos – Sunsets and sunrises are inspirational subjects for any photographer. In fact, a good sunset photo is often the reason people become interested in nature photography. You don’t need to have a great camera or professional training; almost anyone with a camera can take great sunset photos.
The great news is that good sunset photos are surprisingly easy to take. In my gallery, I don’t actually display many sunset photographs. You see, they are hard to sell, because almost everybody has a few great sunsets they have photographed themselves. Rather than buy mine, they are more likely to grab their camera and show me the picture they took the night before! – READ MORE
Micro-sculpture: Incredibly Detailed Macro Insect Photographs Reveal Their Beautiful And Bizarre Forms – These incredibly detailed images of jewel-like insects reveal the beautiful, surprising, and often downright bizarre sculptural forms of some of the tiniest creatures on Earth. And when they are printed at up to three metres across, these macro photographs allow the viewer to examine each insect’s unique evolutionary adaptations.
The breathtaking images, taken by British photographer Levon Biss, are being shown in an exhibition, titled Microsculpture and held at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford. On show in the museum’s main court, the largest of the photographic prints measures up to three metres across and virtually surrounds the visitor. Placed alongside the tiny insect specimens themselves, this transformation of scale reveals the array of sculptural forms visible at a microscopic level. – READ MORE
How To Capture Dramatic Hard Light Portraits With One Flash – For a lot of photographers, hard light isn’t the first choice when it comes to making portrait photos. There’s a lot of negativity around hard light, making photographers think long and hard before planning a shoot with this light.However, hard light isn’t always a bad thing. When you use it in a clever way, hard light can produce some really dramatic results. Pye Jirsa demonstrates:
“Hard light can be a little bit cumbersome to work with. You have very hard highlights, very deep shadows, not a lot of transition. So, you really have to work with the posing. But the cool thing about hard lighting is that it can really chisel out your subjects in scenes that are very complex.” – READ MORE
Take some time to review the articles and videos to widen your knowledge in photography. Only through continual experimenting will you increase your photographic abilities.
The 5 Elements That Can Help You Make A Great Photo – Often a great photo relies on a combination of factors coming together to produce the final result. On a few rare occasions, all of these elements present themselves in perfect harmony by chance. However, the majority of the time as a photographer, you have to research, plan, and put a lot of effort into capturing a photograph that has these elements in it. – READ MORE
10 Ideas To Instantly Improve Your Photography Composition – My photography training took place back in the early 90s, at an intense technical photo school in California. I love tech in all forms, and I love reading my camera manual. I love the precision and procedure of processing my own colour film, and I love learning the ever-advancing skills on photo software – I am a total tech nerd. But technical knowledge will only get you so far; it’s really the second part of the story in photography. Photography composition is the first part. – READ MORE
How To Improve Your Photos Using Micro-Composition – One of the most fundamental elements of photography is that of composition, or how your subject, foreground, background, light, and other elements work together to produce a complete picture. While understanding how this works is fundamental to mastering the art of photography, the underlying principles behind composition go much deeper than just getting all the big things right so they look good in the frame. Masters of the medium are able to balance many different techniques of composition at the same time ,and put them together to launch their work into the upper echelon, and one rung on that ladder is a concept known as micro-composition. – READ MORE
Photography Rules Are Made To Be Broken – As a beginner, wouldn’t it be nice if the whole thing could be explained with a simple set of rules that were easy to understand? Surely someone could just tell you what aperture to use in a given situation, or how to structure a composition to get the best results every time.
Photography is a lot like learning to drive. With a car, you need to know the road rules, and you need to know the basic skills of steering, accelerating, and braking. These can be learned easily with a bit of practice. But even when you have mastered the essentials, you still need to get to know your car, because each car is a little different. Then you need experience with night driving, wet-weather driving, off-road driving… – READ MORE
Beginner Tips For Shooting Action Photography -Digital camera owners who are not that experienced in taking photos often find it hard to capture the action scenes they so desire. With their subjects being mobile, they may not be aware of what to do with their camera to take the best action shots.
Indeed, it can be quite a challenge to engage in sports and action photography. Movements are fast and unpredictable, so you need to be quick in clicking your shutter. Whatever type of digital camera you have, you really need to take the extra effort to take clear pictures of people and animals in motion. It’s also best to learn the right techniques so you won’t get frustrated with your photos. – READ MORE
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Black & White Photography Techniques – Black and white photography is a rewarding and challenging field of artistic photography. Even people who don’t care about photography can find themselves drawn to a great black and white image. As a photographer, black and white can allow you to discover a whole new character in a familiar subject. For many digital photographers, black and white photography is nothing more than colour photography converted by software. It is a matter for your own judgement whether this is effective for your photographs. – READ MORE
Portrait Cropping Guide – Framing your subject up for a portrait can sometimes be difficult. Should you get closer? Further? Cropping in close is particularly challenging because you don’t want to change it in such a way that it looks like your subject is missing limbs. A poorly cropped photo can make all the difference when it comes to portraits. To help you out, here’s a little cropping guide shown from Digital Camera World that shows where to crop and where not to crop. Green lines mean it’s a good place for the edge of the frame, red means it’s a bad place: – READ MORE
5 Secrets For Finding Great Indoor Portrait Locations – Not all photographers choose to have a dedicated indoor studio, but sometimes you need to shoot a session indoors. Maybe it’s freezing outside, and you don’t want to be out in that weather. Maybe you have a bride who wants bridals, but is worried about her dress getting dirty. Maybe you just want something fresh and a little quirky. Maybe the building has special meaning to you or the person you are photographing. – READ MORE
6 Portrait Lighting Patters Every Photographer Should Know – In classical portraiture there are several things you need to control and think about to make a flattering portrait of your subjects, including: lighting ratio, lighting pattern, facial view, and angle of view. I suggest you get to know these basics inside out, and as with most things, then you can break the rules. But if you can nail this one thing you’ll be well on your way to great people photos. In this article we’re going to look at lighting pattern: what is it, why it’s important, and how to use it. Perhaps in another future article, if you enjoy this one, I’ll talk about the other aspects of good portraiture. – READ MORE
5 Reasons To Use Flash To Improve Your Travel Photography – When it comes to travel photography, I am all in for carrying less. However, a good flash is always within reach in my everyday camera bag. I strongly believe that a flash helps to achieve much better results in a number of situations, and here are five reasons and examples – READ MORE
For this month’s Photo Tips webpage, I have included the latest information on a wide range of topics.
3 Easy Steps To Photograph Glassware With Minimal Gear – Photographing glass objects is always a complicated task because of the reflective surface, and at the same time translucent nature, of this material. The catalogue images with great glassware perfectly illuminated, are usually done with complicated setups, in studios that allow the control of reflections, and lighting equipment with accessories that are not accessible to most photographers.
In this article I will show you how photograph a glass on both white and black backgrounds, with minimal equipment, and a fairly simple lighting setup. – READ MORE
Intentional Blur – How To Create It And Why It’s Awesome -Open up any photography magazine or website, and I promise there will be at least one article, and a half dozen ads, discussing image sharpness and how to get it through technique or gear. Don’t get me wrong, sharpness is great. When I’m shooting a classic landscape or portrait, if the image is a hair out of focus, it goes in the trash. But, at times, blur is exactly what you want, and occasionally, it’s exactly what your sharpness-obsessed brain needs. All you need, is a camera that allows you to manually control shutter speed. – READ MORE
Understanding Normal And Cross-Type Focusing Points – Look through the viewfinder of any DSLR camera and you will see several dots, or squares, that represent individual points at which the camera is capable of focusing. The purpose of these focusing points may seem fairly obvious, but not all of them are created equal. When you press the shutter button (or back button) halfway, some of these points will light up, indicating that everything at that specific spot is crystal clear and your photo will be nice and sharp.
However, the speed at which your camera can focus on one of the points, as well as how accurate the focus will be, depends greatly on whether the individual focusing point is a single or cross-type. Understanding the differences in how they operate can help you decide which ones to use to take better photos. – READ MORE
5 Creative Ideas To Improve And Inspire Your Photography – If you are a photographer who takes pictures day in and day out, perhaps because it is your livelihood or you are a keen hobbyist, there are times when you may want to digress from the day to day, and do something new on your day off. You can do this purely for the fun of it, or to set yourself some new learning challenges. This is a good practice to implement regularly because it pushes you to think outside the box, hone your skills, enlarge your vision, and challenge your creativity.
Here are some creative ideas on what you can do to take a break or depart from the usual, even just for a day. – READ MORE
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Black And White Photography Tips – It is often believed that good photos are ones with beautiful colors. However, there are other forms of photography such as black and white, monochromatic, infrared etc. There is much more than simple, shining colors in pictures.
Photography is the recording of light regardless of color and outcome. Black and white has been popular since the early days where cameras would only take these images and were unable to interpret colors. – READ MORE
Black And White Techniques -Black and white photography is a rewarding and challenging field of artistic photography. Even people who don’t care about photography can find themselves drawn to a great black and white image. As a photographer, black and white can allow you to discover a whole new character in a familiar subject. For many digital photographers, black and white photography is nothing more than colour photography converted by software. It is a matter for your own judgement whether this is effective for your photographs. – READ MORE
Storytelling Photography – A few weeks back I visited George Eastman Museum of Photography where there was an exhibition on travel photography. It was a great experience to see the world’s best photographs showcased in a two hour tour of the exhibition halls. After looking at most of the photos, I found an intangible element in almost all the photos. It’s the “story” behind the photo. What can make a simple photograph of two children staring at the camera from inside a window of a mud house in Peru so unique and worthy of being displayed to thousands of people visiting the museum? – READ MORE
4 Steps To Creating Images With More Meaningful Composition – When I wrote about making dramatic images using shadow and contrast, a reader rightly pointed out that a couple of my photos were also good examples of color contrast.
This is interesting because it shows how two photographers can look at the same scene, and see different things. In those examples I saw textures, shadows, and tonal contrast, and instinctively converted them to black and white. But another photographer might place more importance on the strong colors, and make them the centre point of the composition. – READ MORE
Composition: 10 Photography Tips For Amazing Results – Composition doesn’t come naturally to many photographers. The technical aspects can be learned relatively easily but some say that composition can not. Although I don’t believe this to be completely true, photography is an art form and does require some natural ability. – READ MORE
How To Balance Ambient Light With Flash – Many camera and flashgun combinations do a great job of producing images with exposure that’s nicely balanced automatically in a wide range of situations, but if you want to take more creative images or be able to assume control when the automated systems fail, you need to understand how to do the work yourself.
This is something that many photographers are nervous about, but it’s actually pretty straightforward provided you’ve got a good grasp of shutter speed and aperture. – READ MORE
Leading Lines In Landscape Photo Composition – Composition and good photography go hand in hand. Anyone can (with practice) perfect the technical skills to take a well exposed photo. It’s your flair for composition that will set your photos apart from the crowd.
The difficulty is, while technical photography can be taught using concrete rules and numbers, composition is a little more ‘artsy.’ A lucky few are born with a natural sense of visual style and balance. For the rest of us, it takes plenty of time and experience to develop a talent for composition. – READ MORE
Benefits Of Shooting Landscapes With F5.6 – Mark Littlejohn believes in leaving preconceived ideas behind and aiming for images that emotionally connect with the landscape. He explains how shooting at f/5.6 has produced some of his favourite photos. – READ MORE
11 Surefire Landscape Photography Tips – My first love in photography when I first got my trusty old Minolta SLR as a teenager was landscape photography. There’s something about getting out in nature with the challenge of capturing some of the amazing beauty that you see. Perhaps it fits with my personality type – but I loved the quietness and stillness of waiting for the perfect moment for the shot, scoping out an area for the best vantage point and then seeing the way that the light changed a scene over a few hours.
While I don’t get as much time as I’d like for Landscape Photography these days – I thought I’d jot down a few of the lessons that I learned in my early years of doing it. I’d love to hear your own tips in comments below. – READ MORE
How Do You Make Your Landscape Photographs Stand Out From The Crowd? –You set up your tripod at some often photographed location. The scenery around you is stunning. Great, but what next? How do you make sure that your landscape photographs stand out from the thousands or even millions of photographs taken by others in the same spot? Landscape photography is pretty easy to do but it takes a lot of effort to do well.
Simply finding a beautiful or interesting location is not enough to ensure quality photographs. In this guide, I aim to share some tips that will help you take better landscape photographs, photographs that stand out from the crowd. – READ MORE
Travel Photography Simplified: 4 Changes That Made Me A Better Photographer – When I look back and analyze how my photography has changed over time, I see that the last couple of years were the most eventful in regards to the evolution of my photography. I see that rapid advances in technology, in combination with my attempts to simplify various aspects of my photography, gradually changed my entire workflow.
If I had to identify the key moments that triggered the rest of the changes, my switch from DSLR to a mirrorless system would be at the very top of the list. – READ MORE