Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
Although I cover a lot of photographic genres, my main interest has always been portraiture. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of getting the best possible shot of people – even when they insist that they never take a good photo! This is a photograph from a shoot that took place around 8 years ago, but it’s still one of my favourite shots.
Macro photography is the art of learning to look closer – much closer. With a focus on color, details and patterns, macro photography can yield some amazing and rewarding results.
Twenty cast and crew members. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear. Authentic costumes and props. A historic location in London.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a technique that allows the photographer to use far more of the available light in a scene than a standard single exposure. With it you can create stunning and original images that would be next to impossible to render using conventional photography.
Traditionally, a double exposure is created by simply snapping two shots in one frame on a film camera. Sometimes, you get it right and the outcome is incredible, but lots of times you may not like the effect or even intend to do it. Now, with a few Photoshop techniques, you can create your own unique double exposure that is pretty much guaranteed to turn out exactly as you envisioned it.
Light painting is a popular technique used by photographers to make creative images that make viewers wonder, “How’d they do that?” While it isn’t necessarily difficult to get started in light painting, it does get increasingly challenging and more time consuming the more advanced you get.
First, the bad news. Like any other skill, mastering your camera may seem hard at first, but with practice, study, and experience, it is easy. Shooting with your camera on manual will become second nature to you. And you will notice a dramatic improvement in your work.
Continuous lighting are great to use when taking portraits; there is no guess work when trying to determine what lighting pattern you’re setting up. Since the lights never go off, you can automatically see how the light will look in your photographs.
It’s tough photographing fast paced sporting events, especially games like basketball, in which the players are constantly running away from you then toward you. It takes a certain amount of skill that most new photographers will need to practice.
The are many, many ways to compose a photo and part of being a great photographer is knowing which one of those compositions is the best choice and understanding how to go about executing it.
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