Posts Tagged "BE CALM"

Control the Mood

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Control the Mood

When we come to look at the final element in my mantra BE CALM it is time to look at the mood of the photo. To consider the mood of a photography before making the shot helps bring our thoughts back to the our intent for making the picture. What is it about the scene that you are trying to portray to the viewer, what is it that you want them to feel when looking at your image. Thinking about the mood is another good way to focus your thoughts before making the image. Once you have decided on what mood you are trying to portray that next step is to think about how you can create that mood. As with most things in photography we have a number of options to help us control...

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See the Light

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

See the Light

The beauty of a mantra is that it reminds you of key actions or important items by using a simple phrase. I have spoken previously about my mantra for taking photos – BE CALM for better photos. This breaks down to a number of simple areas you should consider prior to taking a photo. Breathe (basically take the time to think before pushing the shutter) & Examine, Composition, Angle, Light and Mood. In previous posts I have discussed Composition and Angle, today I would like to talk about Light. The simple phrase of Light can actually lead to some very complex areas of photography, especially if you start bringing flash into the equation. In this post, I will...

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Get a new Angle

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Get a new Angle

Over recent weeks I have spoken about my manta of BE CALM for better photos. In my last post I talked using composition to clear express you intent for the image. Make it clear for the viewer to understand the subject of the photo. This week I would like to discuss the letter A or Angle and what it means for the mantra. Angle or perspective is an area that we can use to make our photos stand out from the crowd. So what do I mean by changing perspective? A simple place to start is getting either higher or lower than the subject, this change significantly affects the way a viewer interprets the elements in a photo. Even this simple step goes a long way because a majority...

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Composition and your intent

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Composition and your intent

I wrote a few weeks ago about a process for helping your photography called BE CALM when it came to making good photographs. BE CALM stands for Breathe & Examine, Composition, Angle, Light and Mood. This week I would like to expand on the first principle there – Composition. When we get to the point on our photography path where we start progressing from taking photos to making photos, composition is normally the first element of the photo that needs to be addressed. The big mental shift that comes into effect when we start making our photos is that we start examining our intent for the image prior pressing the shutter. Why are you making this photograph? What...

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BE CALM for better photos

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

BE CALM for better photos

During the Photo Fundamentals course run at Ozlight we introduce the concept of “making photos” as opposed to “taking photos”. This important fundamental is one the best ways I know to improve the quality of your images and guess what it does not involve buying any equipment. This fundamental approach was reinforced to me last week when walking through the city. I watched as a man walking along the street talking on his phone stopped in front of a street cafe. He raised a very expensive DSLR to his eye briefly and whilst still talking on his phone snapped a photo. In a matter of seconds he checked the back of camera, grimaced and walked on, still...

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