Photographic “composition” refers to the arrangement of elements in an image. The composition of a photograph can greatly affect the impact it has on a viewer and the way the viewer experiences the image.
A well-composed photo is often a well-liked photo.
When we write a story or an article, we want to hold the reader’s attention as long as possible, because we want our work to be compelling and interesting.
The same applies to photographs. We want to engage our viewer’s eyes, and attention, and keep them interested. …
Flower photos are a dime a dozen. Let’s face it.
Everybody with a camera, even just a phone, snaps away when they’re around flowers. And most of them post the images on social media (because that’s just what you do these days). As a result, there are roughly a gazillion flower images out there, give or take.
And the thing is, most of them look alike.
I mean, they don’t really. There are countless species of flowers, and lots of ways to capture them in a photograph. But most flower images have something in common. They’re taken like portraits.
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…