Posts Tagged "depth of field"

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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5 Things to learn from a 50mm lens

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Equipment Guides, Techniques | 4 comments

5 Things to learn from a 50mm lens

“What lens should I buy?” is one of the most common questions I get from students and friends. Recommending equipment to people can be hard, quite often they might be searching for equipment “fixes” to problems when working on their skills or artistic vision might pay better dividend. One piece of equipment I never have any reluctance to recommend is a 50mm lens, obtaining one of these lenses can often be a great way to clear some artistic roadblocks or to help develop general photography skills. You can obtain 50mm lenses from most camera manufactures, Canon and Nikon spring to mind. Third party lens manufactures like Sigma also produce versions...

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Creating depth in photos with atmosphere

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

Creating depth in photos with atmosphere

One thing that really makes our photos stand out from the crowd is when they are able to portray a sense of depth to the viewer. It is not an easy task to take the 3D scene before us and present that to a viewer in a 2D format yet still retain that sense of depth. When we get that task right, our images will be memorable and they will entice the viewer look further into the photo. There are quite a number of tools we can use to show depth in our images. Composition for one plays a big part with the use of leading lines. One method that can often be overlooked is using atmosphere to represent depth in the photo. On bright clear days we like to think that the air around...

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One of my favourite Images – Redwood Path #2

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Favourite Image, Travel | 0 comments

One of my favourite Images – Redwood Path #2

In this blog post I would like to take a moment and tell you about one of my favourite images – “Redwood Path #2”. This is an image I captured in a Californian Redwood Forest on the Great Ocean road in Victoria.  The Californian Redwood trees (also known as Sequoia trees) were planted in 1939 and provide a fascinatingly different forest from what many of us are used to. A short distance from Apollo Bay this forest is a great place to wander and explore, it holds numerous wonderful paths that will lead you interesting scenes for you to photograph.  I found the opportunity to photograph this forest when I did a weekend trip to doing some exploration of...

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