Good landscape photos have foreground interest.
That’s what they say, whoever they are. By “foreground interest”, they mean objects in the foreground that help to anchor the image, sometimes giving the viewer a sense of scale, and often providing depth to the overall photograph.
So, foreground interest is considered to be key to landscape image composition.
Or is it?
Yes, image depth is important in a landscape photograph. It’s often what separates a good landscape image from just another snapshot of a serene lake or a beautiful green valley.
And achieving that depth typically requires both the foreground and the…
It started with a powerful guitar riff. So many great things do.
It was the 80s — a decade full of MTV-driven electronic pop music that was soul-killing for those of us who liked that old-time rock ’n’ roll.
We really thought rock was dead.
So, when Mark Knopfler’s guitar belted out the now-famous riff of Money for Nothing in 1985 — right smack dab in the middle of the decade — it was like a breath of fresh air.
It’s not that there was no quality rock available in the 80s. Bruce released Born in the USA, after all…
Nature is fascinating. The intricacies of everything from a flower to a tree to an eagle to a waterfall deserve to be cherished, preserved, and appreciated. Capturing elements of nature in a photograph is thrilling and satisfying, and it can serve educational and conservation purposes too.
But, as a “nature photographer”, how accurately do you need to capture those natural elements?
Are you expected to be like a journalist, recording things exactly as you saw them? Or can you be artistic and embellish things a little?
If you talk to a photojournalist, they’ll tell you that their line of work…
We all know about the “exposure triangle”, right? It’s one of the first things you read about when you learn the basics of photography. Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO make up the triangle, and their settings determine your exposure.
I may write an article about that someday. (There are a lot of articles out there about that topic. But I like to put my spin on things.)
Anyway, most of us are comfortable with using “Aperture Priority” mode and “Shutter Priority” mode on our camera. Some manufacturers use different names for these modes, but the function is the same. …
Simon & Garfunkel once said, “Everything looks worse in black and white.”
The song was “Kodachrome”, a tune that probably every photographer is familiar with. Paul and Art changed “worse” to “better” during their 1981 concert in Central Park. No doubt a nod to their advancing age.
Or they just forgot the words. Hard to tell.
Anyway, the decision to apply a monochrome (“black and white”) treatment to a photo depends on many things. Probably the most important, I think, is the color, textures, and contrast in the image. Some images pop in monochrome, some don’t.
Also important is the…