Perspective and Angles in Photography

Camera perspectives and angles go hand in hand in photography. Finding the right angle will shift the perspective of your photo and can help transform even the most ordinary subject into a works of art. One may even argue that there is no such thing as the ‘right perspective’ in photography. Perspectives tend to vary and they depend to a large extent on how the photographer chooses to represent a subject to his viewers. The argument would be correct to some extent. Yet, perspectives are sometimes necessary to be maintained as well, meaning the subject needs to be captured and represented in printed / digital media exactly the way they appear in real life. Continue Reading

Understanding compression and visual distortion in photography

Compression is a graphic distortion which occurs in a photo when image information is reduced or heavy editing is applied. One of the advantages of the JPEG file format is that its architecture allows for easy bit reduction which causes the file to get much smaller for fast transfer and convenient storage. But it is also one of its downfalls because this process is irreversible, once a JPEG file has been naturally reduced, that information is lost and cannot be retrieved later. Once in a while I will see a photographer reducing JPEG file during save for faster loading on a website without keeping the original and then being surprised that a print came out in such a bad quality. Continue Reading

Using single on-camera flash in photography

Using-on-camera-Flash

Light control is one of the most important aspects of photography. When we are able to understand and master light, the quality of our images improves tremendously. Beginner photographers typically use built-in camera flash only, but quickly recognize all the limitations of a built-in unit. Many people who are looking for advanced light capabilities invest into additional on-camera flash unit (speedlite for Canon and speedlight for Nikon) to improve their image quality. However many photographers do not understand the full potential of an advanced on-camera flash unit and will often resort to just using automatic settings. I believe these are wasted opportunities and would like to discuss some of the more advanced features of these flashes. Using these features will expand your artistic horizon and make room for greater versatility in your work. Since I personally have the most experience with Canon’s speedlite units I will be using them as examples in this article, but most of these features are also available on Nikon’s speedlight and third party units. Continue Reading

Using Lines in Composition

Using lines in composition

The use of lines in a composition can create a powerful effect. Lines can serve as an excellent guide tool to point out the main subject or they can damage composition of the image by visually carrying out viewer’s eye away from it. Because linear perspective has such an influential effect in photography, it is always important to consider all lines presented in the scene and frame the shot accordingly. Continue Reading

Building Performance Photo/Video Editing Computer 2014

Photo-Video Editing Performance PC 2014

Welcome to the second installment of “Build Your Perfect Performance Photo/Video Editing Workstation” – the 2014 edition. Last year we tried to give you two different options at different price points ($3000 and $1000 budget), but since previous generation’s hardware is still very competitive, not to mention slightly cheaper now, we decided to base this article around building a Performance PC using current generation hardware only and at a price point somewhere in between ($2000). These are our picks:
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Simplicity in Photography

Simplicity in photography

One of the easiest ways to improve composition is to maintain simplicity. A lot of cluster and busy elements in a photo can distract a viewer from the subject and the story you are trying to tell. Images that are clean and free from distracting elements look much more pleasing to the eye and naturally draw attention to the subject. When framing a photo, consider if your composition is simple enough. If not, you can employ several easy techniques to make it better. Continue Reading

Rule of Thirds in Photography

The Rule of Thirds is the first rule of composition taught in many photography schools. Many photographers frame the subject to be perfectly centered in the middle of the frame. This will attract all the attention to the subject but will limit viewer’s desire to explore the rest of the image. To avoid this “bull’s eye” effect you can employ the Rule of Thirds to tell the story beyond the main subject. Continue Reading

Understanding Composition in Photography

Composition

Photography as an art form needs to be visually appealing to evoke viewer’s emotions. The main reason why some images are more appealing than others is their strong composition. Image composition describes the placement or arrangement of different visual elements in a photograph. Different techniques of compositions have been employed by all great artists throughout the ages. These techniques can be subtle or very obvious, but subconsciously they always affect your way of processing and appreciating art. Continue Reading

Working with models – etiquette

Working with models

I love taking pictures of people. In fact, a majority of my work consists of model photography. Human form, action and emotions can create an unlimited amount of variation, so I’m not afraid that I will ever run out of ideas for a shoot. People are very social beings and human imagery speaks to us on many different emotional levels. But if you are interested in shooting people, you will have to learn how to properly deal with your models. Shooting your relatives and friends is a one thing, but once you start working professionally with models you will have to follow certain etiquette and consider some guidelines. While there are many topics to cover on working with models, today I would like to discuss basic etiquette on how to work with models from planning a shoot through its execution and beyond. Continue Reading