Discover the secrets to recreate 24 Stunning Photos.
This month we'll be learning through imitation — instead of discussing pure technique, we’ll be looking at actual images that were created using those techniques, and then we’ll be breaking them down into easily-digestible chunks of information: what settings worked and why, what compositional rules were used (or broken) and why those rules were a good fit.
In other words, we’re going to take an almost surgical approach to critiquing a photo—discussing the detailed points of that image’s success to the point where you should be able to easily apply those same concepts to your own work.
Because there are so many different photography types and techniques, I’ve broken the month up into specific genres: People, Landscapes, Urban, Macro, Motion, Perspective, Light and Abstract. In each lesson, we’ll be looking at three very different images—each one will fit specifically into its genre, but be a representative of it’s own subset. For example, in our “People” discussion, we’ll be looking at one posed lifestyle/glamor portrait, one candid portrait and one environmental portrait. By providing examples from a broad range of photographic perspectives that you’ll come to understand how your approach as a photographer might vary depending on your ultimate goals for the image.
I hope this series will be both fun and educational. And I know you'll find it enlightening.
Each day, we'll disect three photos in one genre.
We'll examine the ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed and Focal Length used on all the images on this page. We'll see why each setting was chosen, and which is the key setting to look for in your photos. Finally, I'll explain the image's composition... because that's usually what makes or breaks an photo.