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Tag: Composition

Improve Your Photography with Unusual Photographs

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Improve Your Photography with Unusual Photographs

If I had to guess, I would say that 99 out of 100 hobby photographers never bend their legs. It’s not so hard to see why – human beings view the world mostly from one or two perspectives: standing up and sitting down. Occasionally we will also lie down in a place other than our beds or the sofa, but for the most part everything we see comes to us at a perspective of somewhere between five and six feet off the ground.

So most photographers don’t think about finding other angles, because the angle from which we view the world most of the time is so familiar and comfortable. But the sad truth is, it’s also boring. When you walk past that favorite city landmark and snap a photo of it, the chances are really good that your photo will look exactly like the last thousand photos that the last thousand photographers took of that same landmark–unless you spent some time thinking about your subject and how you could capture it in a unique way.
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17 Examples of Natural Frames

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17 Examples of Natural Frames

Natural frames are everywhere, and not just in natural places. In photography, a natural frame is anything that forms a border or part of a border around your subject. It can be literally natural, such as a tree branch, the mouth of a cave or a rock arch; or it can be man-made, such as a doorway, a bridge or the slats in a fence.

Finding natural arches is a fun and rewarding challenge, and using them in your photos can help draw your viewer’s eye into your image and create a sense of depth and importance. Just in case you need a creative jump-start in your search for natural frames, here are 17 examples of frames–the type you can’t buy at your local craft store.
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Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

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Boost Your Landscape Photography With These Tricks

Scenic photos are a part of almost every photographer’s repertoire. After all, almost no one with a camera can resist snapping a photo of crashing surf, sweeping fields of wildflowers or a towering, snow-covered mountain.

Landscape photos seem like they should be easy, yet the final images are often disappointing. How many times have you taken a photo of a stunningly beautiful place only to discover that the image you end up with is nothing short of underwhelming? Let’s fix that!
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Visual Design: Using Line in Photography

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Visual Design: Using Line in Photography

Here’s an assignment for you: Take your camera out into the field, and photograph only those scenes that contain lines. It’s easier than you might think. Lines can be found almost everywhere in our world. And line is one of the most important design elements in photography. That is not to say, of course, that you can’t take a great photo without them, but if you learn to seek them out and incorporate them into your work you will find that they add great visual impact to your photographs.
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Why Does the Rule of Thirds Work?

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Why Does the Rule of Thirds Work?

Rules. They started in school and seem to follow us through life. They’re made to give guidance. They’re made to keep peace in the valley. And, some would say they’re made to be broken.

If there’s one place rules are meant to be broken, it’s in anything creative. The catch is, if you’re going to break them, you have to know them in the first place. Photography’s Rule of Thirds is the perfect example of this. A lot of beginning photographers break this rule because they simply and innocently don’t know it exists. But, a seasoned photographer, one who knows better, not only abides by the rule, but knows best how to bend or break it.
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Street Photography: How-to Photograph Strangers

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Street Photography: How-to Photograph Strangers

The grandfather of street photography was Henri Cartier-Bresson. His image here of the young boy carrying bottles of wine under his arms, and looking quite proud in doing so, is one of his most popular. It’s street photography at its finest because it’s spontaneous, fun, and it tells a story. Cartier-Bresson’s photographs of children were some of his best. Perhaps that’s because kids are spontaneous by nature, too.
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Six Classic Design Elements for Outstanding Photographs

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Six Classic Design Elements for Outstanding Photographs

What’s the difference between a snapshot and a photograph? Between an ordinary photograph and a great photograph?

It may surprise you to hear that even in modern photography, the answer to those questions can be found in design principles that are centuries old. All great photographs contain at least one of six elements that great works of art also contain. Keep these design principles in mind, and your snapshots will become great photos almost without effort.
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5 Simple Composition Tricks for a Fantastic Photo

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5 Simple Composition Tricks for a Fantastic Photo

What’s the difference between a snapshot and a photograph? If you’re like most people, your hard drive is full of pictures that mostly qualify as snapshots. These are photos taken randomly at family outings, vacations or other activities. They do a good job of chronicling an event, but they may not be the sort of thing you want to have enlarged and framed. So how do you transform your pictures from snapshots into frame-worthy photographs? Here are five simple things you can do to turn a mediocre photo into a great one.
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3 Things Macro Photography Can Teach You About Taking Portraits

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3 Things Macro Photography Can Teach You About Taking Portraits

Over the years, I’ve learned that a lot of photography skills bleed into other areas. If you learn about action photography, it’ll help you learn how to take pictures of waterfalls. If you know how to photograph snow, you’ll probably be good at photographing sand. Another example is macro photography. Very few people know that macro photography is a primer for taking perfect portraits. How so? Here are a few reasons why.
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Using Contrast For Better Images

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Using Contrast For Better Images

What makes something special? Is it special on its own, or is it only special when compared to everything else around it? Contrast is what happens when you place two polar opposites right next to each other. It can be used to draw attention to an important element in your image. Contrast comes in a variety of forms, and in this article, we’re going to look at a few ways you can use contrast to create truly unique images.
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Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

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Frame Your Subject With These 5 Unbelievably Easy Tips

How you frame your subject can make or break a photo. If you put your subject in a place that commands the viewers attention, you’ll immediately have an outstanding photo. This subtle technique is known to many as “composition,” and believe it or not, it has a few simple rules that will give you some stunning results. Try out these 5 unbelievably easy rules for framing your subject, and you’ll see what I mean.
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3 Ways to Deal With Messy Shooting Situations

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3 Ways to Deal With Messy Shooting Situations

Photography is an art, and art is supposed to be clean and meaningful. But what happens when you’ve scheduled a shoot where your subject lives or works, only to find a huge mess once you get there? It happens to me more often than you might think, and I don’t want to be impolite and simply start cleaning (even though it would yield better photos). That’s why I’ve come up with three techniques you can use to cheat your way through the mess.
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5 Photography Criticisms Your Friends Are Too Nice To Give

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5 Photography Criticisms Your Friends Are Too Nice To Give

I think I have a pretty good grasp of what people think of me. You can always tell from their engagement level. If someone is really getting into your work, they’ll offer a dozen reasons why they like what you’re showing them. If they’re not really into it, and believe me this has happened more times than I’m happy to mention, they’ll usually follow along and feign interest. You’ll hear the classic muted expressions, the half-hearted attempts to placate your ego. Here is what they wish they could have said, if only they weren’t so nice.
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What is diminishing perspective? How can it improve your photography?

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What is diminishing perspective? How can it improve your photography?

During the renaissance, painting went through a distinct revolution. Gone were the medieval two dimensional paintings. Artists had figured something out, something significant about the way we perceive the world around us. We call that thing “perspective,” and it’s just as important in photography as it was in painting. The use of diminishing perspective can add an extra sense of depth to your images. Here’s how you can harness its power.
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What Is Visual Weight? And How Visual Weight Helps Your Photos

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What Is Visual Weight? And How Visual Weight Helps Your Photos

There’s a term photographers use when discussing the finer points of framing and composition. For many, it’s absolutely critical to making your photos interesting and well-designed. That term is “visual weight,” and it’s everywhere you can find it once you notice it’s there. For example, the red jelly bean on the right carries more visual weight because it stands in stark contrast to its surroundings. Let’s figure out what it is and how you can use it to improve your composition skills.
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