Over the years I have learned that the most successful photographers working will often look to see what else is there and really work the scene to see if there is another picture behind the picture. In other words, find another picture, possibly two more pictures, while you are in the same scenario with the same subject. Don’t stop just because you think you have it.Read More
Four elements make up every photograph ever shot. Focus, Exposure, White Balance, and Composition. It’s easy to find information on the first three, but composition, for many, remains a nebulous enigma.Read More
Watch any decent movie and you’ll see a variety of shots used to tell the story. One of the first is the Establishing Shot. This tends to be a wider shot that includes the environment in which the story takes place. It’s used to establish the spatial relationship among the films characters, objects and overall setting of the film.
In still photography, this is akin to the broader scenic images. As the story unfolds, you find the camera come in tighter on the main subject in the story. In a Long Shot, you’ll see the main character almost fill the frame.
This is the kind of shoot that does not require you to speak. With this kind of work you seek and hunt for images. You don't pose, you don't move them into position. You go find pictures that tell a story. You have to set the stage. You record what is taking place.Read More
Today, color theory is quite complex as it tries to keep up with an ever evolving digital technology. Two important, but often confused, elements in color theory today are Color Space and Color Gamut.Read More
Color Harmonies are usually grouped into different Color Schemes, each defining a unique relationship between colors on the color wheel. Today we’ll look at one of these color schemes, Complementary Colors.Read More
As with just about any product, goods, or services, there has always been good, better and best. In many cases the difference between good and best is a simple increase or change in improving the quality. The same applies in photography.Read More
One of the biggest mistakes I see from seasoned veteran photographers is that they often forget what they know. They will often forget to place the respect and importance on a tripod for example, thinking they are pros and can decided when they need to use one. Well, YOU NEED TO USE ONE.Read More
Negative Space is the space that surrounds your subject in an image but does not distract from the intended subject. Using negative space effectively in the design of the image can create some very powerful photographs.Read More
Regardless of your method of presenting your work, the fact is that nothing you can do is more important than your content. No one cares how much trouble it was for you to get a specific picture and nobody cares about the story behind the image. They simply care about the quality of the image.Read More
I see there is an intense desire for producing quality work that I see in everyone who is successful in photography as well as in any career. I'm referring to quality of the product you produce of course, but I am also talking about the quality of the marketing materials you use, the quality of your equipment, the quality of the people you surround yourself with, your "brand" quality, everything.Read More
Creating a simple slide show has never been easier. For more than a decade we have had the capability to quickly build a slide show with a variety of different software products available. And one of the most powerful things we can do is add the extra dimension of sound.Read More
To define a model of primary colors you have to know something about the environment in which the model is used. It just so happens that with photography we are working in an environment of additive light. In other words, we are adding light together to made different colors. In this environment the primary colors are red, green and blue - commonly called RGB color.Read More
The most common measure of a lens is the focal length – designated by a length in millimeters. The focal length refers to the magnification capability of the lens. Learn how to take advantage focal length as a creative tool.Read More