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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Composition

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

The human eye interprets images in the following order: movement, colour, shape, content. If you wish to create images that sell products, change social behaviour, win election campaigns or merely persuade people to invest their evenings in watching a particular TV show, then you need to construct the image with these in mind. Read more...

Ansel Adams: His contribution to Photography and Nature
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Ansel Adams: His contribution to Photography and Nature

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

I often hear Ansel Adams invoked during discussions on photography. Many times, it is apparent that the person invoking Adams knows little about him or his life, but read a few lines somewhere written by some obscure person who said whatever it was about Adams that they then repeated as true. Read more...

Big format printing
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Big format printing

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

In this article I am discussing printing big format images. When I say big, I mean really big; We are talking about a 56 x 24 feet (17 x 7.5m) photo mural. Read more...

Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography
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Shooting Indoors — Light Box Photography

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Sometimes I cannot get outside in a location that will allow me to take interesting photographs or the weather just won’t allow it. But, I still want to use my camera to take photographs so I’ll try setting up a still life of some sort. At one point, I read about light box photography and saw some beautiful flower images that a photographer, who teaches the technique, had taken. Read more...

Achieve Your Artistic Photographic Vision
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Achieve Your Artistic Photographic Vision

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

My goal, with every photograph I take, is to make each image be the very best that it can be by my standards and by general artistic standards. Read more...

Black and White “In Your Own Backyard”
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Black and White “In Your Own Backyard”

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

Every so often I like to go out and try something different and “shake things up” a bit. I find it takes me out of my normal routine and definitely adds to my creativity. It might be an idea I’ve played with a few times, maybe something cool I saw in a magazine, or just returning to the basics when I started in photography. Read more...

Working Toward Getting Successful Wildlife Photos
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Working Toward Getting Successful Wildlife Photos

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Learning to photograph animals in action takes effort, time and patience and, at some point, will result in successful action shots. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Planning
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Planning

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Most photographers are not natural planners. If you come from a landscape background, you expect to be inspired by what you find. Photojournalists look for the decisive moment. Press photographers were always told ‘f8 and be there’. But even the most spontaneous photographer needs at least the basic planning of having their equipment ready when the moment happens. Read more...

Sharp?
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Sharp?

Darryll Schiff (DSchiff)

Just about every photographer has or would like the latest camera with the best, most expensive lenses. Who wouldn’t? Lenses so sharp you can see each separate hair on the person’s head you’re doing a portrait of. Why should we bother about sharpness? When not? Read more...

Mastering the art of photography - Decision Making & Freedom (5)
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Mastering the art of photography - Decision Making & Freedom (5)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

More on the "controlled spectrum" in photography with some thoughts on decision-making and consequences of our actions, or inactions. We will look into taking risks, and freedom as a foundation for creativity. We are also coming back to physical exercise for helping your creativity to flourish. Read more...

Wintersports Photography
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Wintersports Photography

Pascal Baetens (pbaetens)

Photographing on the slopes. Of course we can records our walks, our resort, our after-ski parties and other festivities. You'll find more than enough hints about it in articles about nature, street or night photography. And to make writing and reading easy, I speak about skiers and skiing. Snowboarders are of course included in these terms. Read more...

Putting our subject in its place
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Putting our subject in its place

Connie Cassinetto (Via the Lens)

Many people advocate that we “throw away the rules,” or use them “with a grain of salt.” But it is imperative to learn all of these compositional rules and to know them so well that they can be used without conscious thought. Then, and only then, can you forget about the rules and toss them to the wind. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Human factor
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Human factor

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

The factor which can disrupt whole shoots or, equally, turn dross into gold, is what we call in the trade ‘the human factor’. Read more...

Mastering the art  - You are in control (4)
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Mastering the art - You are in control (4)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this fourth part of "mastering the art of photography", I continue to explore what mastering this art form entails. We'll discuss what items you can control for, how to get the most out of it, time scheduling and the areas you have to be aware of as not being well controllable. Read more...

The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 3
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The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography - Part 3

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) comes back to us with what he has learned about the third of the seven deadly sins in photography: Incorrect focus. Read more...

Mastering the art of photography (3)
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Mastering the art of photography (3)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this third part of "mastering the art of photography", I continue to explore what mastering this art form entails. We'll discuss "is it really art?" and the creativity required to get "artsy enough". Read more...

Mastering photography - Why it is for you (2)
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Mastering photography - Why it is for you (2)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this second part we discuss passion and joy, the motivation of why we should bother about mastering photography. This is a part of the "mastering the art of photography" series, where we discover any of the processes and methods supporting photographers interested in achieving more consistent, better results. Read more...

Mastering the art of photography (1)
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Mastering the art of photography (1)

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

In this new series of articles on "mastering the art of photography", I want to discover any of the processes and methods supporting photographers interested in achieving more consistent, better results. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Concept
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image - Concept

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

Concept beats everything else in studio photography. I want to share with you an image shot outdoors, in the dark, with no lights, no photographic equipment apart from a camera and a tripod, but which epitomises the studio method. Read more...

Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image
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Studio Photography: Shooting the $2million image

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

This is the first in an eight part series that looks at studio photography. I’m going to look at Concept, Working With People, Planning, Composition, Lighting, Shooting and Post-processing. Read more...

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