Posts Tagged "creative"

Telling a story with less

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Techniques | 1 comment

Telling a story with less

Sometimes I feel that the Painter has an edge over the photographer when it comes to creating within our chosen art. The painter basically starts with a blank canvas and then adds their desired elements until they feel the story is told. As photographers we start with the full scene in front of us and need to remove or reduce elements until the story becomes clear, this can become a significant challenge but is critical to ensure strong impact with the viewer of the photo. When this approach is taken to its pinnacle we move into the area of minimalism in our photography and when done well this technique will yield you great pleasure and can delight those people looking...

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Showing motion in your photos

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Techniques, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Showing motion in your photos

The ability to catch and portray movement in a photo is a critical skill to learn, it can help elevate your photography and provide an engaging focal point for the viewer. The skill when learnt can be easily applied to a wide range of photography but becomes an essential component of sports or action type photos. Ranging from kids playing in the backyard through to pro-surfers or motor racing, exciting and engaging photos can be crafted by controlling the way motion is shown. As a photographer you have a number of options open to you when it comes to showing how things are moving within your photo’s frame and your camera settings become critical to achieving the desired...

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Using Lightroom’s Radial Filter Tool

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015 in Lightroom | 2 comments

Using Lightroom’s Radial Filter Tool

When Lightroom 5 was released, there were numerous new features added but one of my favourites they added was the Radial Filter tool.  The Radial Filter gives you all the same controls you find on the Gradient Filter or Brush Filter but applied through a different style. The wide variety of adjustments and the degree of control you get over the size and shape of this tool means that there are numerous purposes you can use the tool for, such as creating a custom vignette, brightening a face or toning down an area of sky.  I am sure that once you start using the tool, you will find many other uses for it. You will find the tool on the toolbar below the histogram in the...

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A perfect portrait location?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Techniques, Travel | 0 comments

A perfect portrait location?

“Location, Location, Location”, we hear this phrase used continually when it comes to Real Estate. Quite often photographers get caught up with the same phrase and spend all their time looking for the perfect location. Unfortunately those people are most likely doing themselves a great disservice and will almost certainly be missing out on wonderful opportunities right in front of them. Obviously in landscape photography, location dictates a lot of what you are going to capture. So you will need to work within those confines in your efforts to make wonderful landscape photo’s (refer my previous blog post – Working a Scene – about ways to do...

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Working a scene

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

Working a scene

When approaching a scene for  landscape photos, it pays to keep an open mind and try the possibilities. It is important to have an artistic vision for the photo and be a bit ruthless in looking for a part of the scene that is true to that vision. Very rarely is the first setup location the best spot to capture the required vision. Unfortunately, humans by nature can be a lazy bunch, so the photographer has to be diligent and be prepared to move around or “work the scene” in order to make a photo that has impact on the viewer. Working the scene may involve wholesale changes to your location, angle or lens choice, or it may be as subtle as tilt to the camera...

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