Photographers spend a pretty large part of the learning stages trying to master the art of the perfectly exposed photo. A perfectly exposed photo, as they would have you believe, has a classic bell curve-shaped histogram that rises in the middle and tapers off gradually towards the highlight side and the shadow side. Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way disparaging that classic histogram or the perfect exposure that goes along with it. But we should be questioning that word “perfect,” because perfect is nearly always in the eye of the beholder. And while there is a lot to be said for mastering that classically “perfect” exposure, you should not underestimate the power of also mastering the moody exposure. Read on to find out how. Continue Reading »
We tend to think of our cameras as tools for capturing reality. When you take a photo, it’s like a two dimensional copy of the real world, with everything reproduced more or less accurately. But if you’ve spent any time really studying the photos you take and comparing them to the real world, you’ll see that this is not always the case. Variations in focal length, camera angle and in your lenses themselves can produce subtle—and not so subtle—distortions of the reality you thought you were accurately reproducing. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Read on to find out why. Continue Reading »
Do you see the possibilities before you leave the house? Having a clear vision of what you’re about to photograph is just as important as actually photographing your subject. So I suggest we all play a game. What’s the premise, you ask? Before we leave the house to take photos, we’re going to write down a description of the subject we plan on shooting.
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Photography isn’t just art. It’s also a peek into our lives. The kind of photography that makes it into National Geographic, Time Magazine, and other respectable journals always tells a story. That’s why it’s so captivating. We naturally fill in the small details, even if they weren’t there in the beginning. So, to get your photos to tell a story, you need to open the door to interpretation. This short tutorial will show you how.
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