Photography Tips

Monday, October 22, 2012

The 3 Components of a good Image

1. Line
2. Tone
3. Shape

1. Line can be anything from the walls of a building to the wrinkles of a face

2. Tone brings them to life

3. Shape is the important piece that bring Line & Tone together

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Black & White Conversion in Photoshop

The most versatile way to convert to Black & White in photoshop is to use the Channel Mixer
  • Standard Settings
Red - 30%
Green - 60%
Blue - 10%

Whatever the ratio, all the percentages should add up to 100%

  • Tip
To emphasize the output gray tones of a beautiful sky, more red and less blue could be set in the channel mixer.

Monday, July 28, 2010

Useful Tips for Successful Image Composition

One of the most important factor that distinguish a very good photograph from a snapshot is the amount of the effort put by the photographer in composing his frame. Please find hereunder some easy and quick tips that can vastly improve your photos.
  1. Move closer to your subject - The easiest way to simplify your subject into the composition is by moving closer to it. Usually, by looking our subjects through the viewfinder we get the impression that they look larger than they are, therefore is always better taking a step closer to them even when we think that we are already close enough.
  2. Simplify your composition - Try and make your images as simply as possible. Help the viewer to focus on the main subject. Try to remember that less is always more.
  3. Shoot from less-expected angles - The eye-level ''12 o'clock'' view of a subject is usually what the average viewer expects to experience from an image. For that reason try to differentiate and shoot your subject from different - unexpected angles. Kneel down, step on a ladder or go round your subject if needed until you find that angle which will entice your viewers.
  4. Create a frame within the frame - Photographers use very often frames within the frames to focus attention on a specific part of the composition. Frames are also a very good tool to hide distracting details in the picture.
  5. Create a sense of Depth - Include in the frame any available leading lines (long roads, wires, lines of trees) in order to draw viewers' attention towards your subject.
  6. Simplify your background - Busy backgrounds often confuse the viewers about your subject and the overall composition. Therefore, in case of a movable subject (a person, a small item etc) place it against a plain background to simplify your shoot.
  7. Carefully select where to place your subject - It is in our human nature to try and center our subjects in our frame. You should start placing your subjects high or low, or radically to the left of right adding this way an power element in your composition and surprise positively your viewers.
  8. Balance your composition - Always try to create a balance between the stronger elements of your composition (e.g. dark or large objects) and the weaker ones (the sky, the open sea or plain lawns). Finding a balance between these means that one doesn't dominate the other, existing harmonically in your frame.