Posts Tagged "lighting"

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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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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$10 to improve your portrait photos

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

$10 to improve your portrait photos

One of the lowest cost accessories I own and the one that gets used the most is my 5 in 1 reflector. This small easily portable device is with me on nearly every portrait shoot and very often with me when doing macro photography. For the very minimal layout (in photography terms) of $10, this handy light modifier has repaid me one hundred fold in the amount of times I have used it to get great shots.  The 5 in 1 reflector is a deceptively simple accessory, it comes in all shapes and sizes most of which fold down into a very small pouch that is easily portable. What you tend to find inside the pouch is a semi-rigid translucent panel, and a number of covers that can be...

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Photographing the HMS Endeavour

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Photographing the HMS Endeavour

I was recently asked to photograph the HMS Endeavour scale model which a neighbour had built.  And I thought I might share the behind the scenes of how I went about photographing this piece of art. Before I start on how I photographed this model, I should tell you that this is a model of the ship that “Lieutenant James Cook” sailed to discover Australia and New Zealand from 1769 to 1771.  It took my neighbour just under 4yrs to construct this model and he tells me a number of the pieces took 6 weeks or longer to assemble.  Much of the work that went into the construction of the model was done with tweezers. So how to go about photographing this amazing...

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