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Spatial Relationships and Distortion

We all know that the main difference between a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens is the angle of view. Compared to a wide angle lens, telephoto lenses have a much smaller or tighter field of view which means that it can only capture a small part of a scene. Another difference between the […]

Reflection

I love capturing reflections in photography.  I love seeing the subject in the flesh and a slightly distorted version of self in a shallow pool of water.  I’m on vacation in Florida and while I was out for a long walk I noticed these little sand piper birds admiring their own reflections.  They found themselves stunning and […]

5 Ways to Shoot Autumn Leaves

CC Photo by Nicholas BelowAutumn is all about color and leaves. Red, orange and yellow suddenly becomes the predominant color of nature instead of the usual green. What you need to know is that red, orange and yellow are advancing colors. This means that if you look at different colored objects at a same distance […]

Hyperfocal Distance: Maximizing Your Depth of Field

In our article on Macro Photography, we discussed how shallow depth of field can be used to isolate your subject. This, however, is useless in landscape photography since you will need most, if not everything, in focus. To do this, you will need to learn how to maximize your depth of field and learn something […]

Arranging Elements in Your Photos

The different elements in your photo can either make or break the effect you are after. If things are not organized properly then everything will look chaotic. We all know how tempting it is to just shoot away when you find an interesting scene but taking a few seconds to actually study where the elements […]

Macro Photography 101, Part 2

In Part 1 of Macro Photography 101, we discussed what a true macro lens is. In Part 2, we will be discussing depth of field, lighting, and specialist lens in Macro Photography. DEPTH OF FIELD We all know that when you use a wide open aperture then you will get a shallow depth of field […]

Shooting with Slow Shutter Speed

With slow shutter speed (otherwise known as long exposure), the elements of time and motion are introduced into your photography. We’re going to run down some quick suggestions and examples on some ways to get you started, but before that, here are a few things to keep in mind: • The tripod is your friend, […]

How to Use Lines to Enhance Your Photos

Composition is the not the only thing to consider in creating visually pleasing photographs. When you break down a photograph to its most basic elements, you will find that it is made up of lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns and colors. These are called the elements of design. These elements are the building blocks of […]

5 Ways to Hold Your Viewer’s Attention

One of the most important things your photo should have is an ability to hold your viewers attention. There are a lot of techniques that can be used to help you compose your shot so that people will spend more than a second looking at it. Besides keeping your viewers focused on your photo, the […]

Shoot from the Hip

If you’ve been taking pictures for a long time then you’ve probably experienced burnout – you keep taking pictures of the same things and framing it the same way and basically feel like your creative tank is running on fumes. When this sort of thing happens, I’ve found the best way to see things differently […]