August 22, 2011 Leave a comment
My blog has a new home! I have now integrated my blog into the main site on Photography Techniques. I hope you will visit my new blog and subscribe to it as I have got some great tips and techniques in store for you. Here are some recent posts:
Aug 18, 2011
Photography Composition 3: Find a Natural Frame
A great photography composition tip is to frame your subject. Use trees, rocks, hills or
anything inanimate that you can find. This is a kind of psychological trick which keeps the
eye contained within the image as the eyes by their very nature wander around a scene looking
for the next interesting thing. By framing your shot, you keep the eyes where you want them – on
the subject of your photo.
Aug 17, 2011
Photography Composition 2: Line, Shape, Pattern, Texture & Color
Photography Composition 2 looks at the use of line, shape, pattern, texture and
color. These are the five main elements in any composition, whether a
photograph or a painting. How they are combined, balanced and blended will decide if the
picture is artistically successful or not. In a successful image, all the elements will have
a place and a function – no one element will appear to be superfluous, it will feel as if
nothing has been left out and the picture will have a simplified unity. It will feel complete.
And when successful, the underlying emotional content, or message of the picture, will be all
the more powerful.
Aug 16, 2011
Photography Composition 1: How to Use Rhythm
Rhythm in photography composition is an important concept.
Rhythm is innate to us all, our heart beat is the single most obvious example, and since
the dawn of time humans have had a kind of sympathy and love of rhythm which we express through
music, poetry and art. In visual art it creates a sense of underlying harmony and structure
to the composition.
Aug 15, 2011
Artistic Photography 1: Negative Space
Artistic Photography 1: A great photography technique that can improve your pictures hugely, is the use of negative
space. This is a compositional technique found in art in general and once you have grasped it you will
begin to wonder how you managed to miss it before
Aug 15, 2011
Flaming Pear Plugins: Flood Filter
Flaming Pear do some amazing plugins for Photoshop. Among my favourites is the Flood Filter which
gives the effect of a submerged world. It costs about 22 Euros (whatever that is in dollars!) but you
can give it a try with their free download which I believe lasts 30 days – and you can do a lot in 30 days!