Dark Floral Photography

Floral photography is typically about light and brilliant color. But thats not how it has to be. It makes for striking floral images to shoot in dimmer locations with lower key colors. Here all that was required was to stoop under an overhanging tree, and shoot in the deep shade to achieve a notably differentContinue reading “Dark Floral Photography”

Shallow Depth of Focus Macros

With tools such as focus stacking making deep focus images easier and easier to produce, its important to remember what shallow depth of focus can bring to a macro image. Not only does it tell the eye which portion of the shot we would like them to focus on, it also gives a heady senseContinue reading “Shallow Depth of Focus Macros”

Going For the Dynamic Image

The shot below is a workmanlike architectural image of a beautiful set of doors.  Distracting elements surrounding the doorway have been cropped out, the perspective has been corrected within reason, and the exposure and shadow detail set to tell the whole story as clearly as possible. But is this the most interesting, and salable, imageContinue reading “Going For the Dynamic Image”

Silhouettes to Frame and Foreground an Image

Layering is a powerful tool to add interest and dimension to images. When shots fall flat, it is useful to scout for interesting foreground elements that can be added to the composition. Foreground images which can be silhouetted can be particularly powerful in framing the shot. The elegant hotel in this image had been shotContinue reading “Silhouettes to Frame and Foreground an Image”

Pleasing Decay in Architectural Detail Shots

It is easy to miss the photographic potential of pleasing decay. Until framed and displayed as art, it has the habit of just looking messy. Keeping an eye out for locations where a shot can depict aging, and perhaps the layers of paint, masonry, or stucco applied over time can be rewarding. In the shotContinue reading “Pleasing Decay in Architectural Detail Shots”

Found Symbol Photography

One of the more amusing types of photography is found symbols; objects that have, at least from one angle, a resemblance to some other object or symbol. Hearts are the most common example, including heart shaped rocks, heart shaped leaves, and even heart shaped wine spills. The most practical use for such images is as stockContinue reading “Found Symbol Photography”

Highly Detailed iPhone Images

When conditions are at their best the latest iPhones are capable of surprisingly detailed, sharp images. Direct sun offers good opportunities for this, but open shade or sundown lighting is sometimes even more successful. Shooting highly detailed objects, that stay still, or under windless conditions, is another factor for success. And shooting multiple exposures, toContinue reading “Highly Detailed iPhone Images”

Internally Illuminated Streetscapes

One of the challenges of narrow streets lined with tall buildings is that they are typically brightly lit on one side, and in deep shade on the other. Higher dynamic range cameras is helping to make such shots easier, as can good RAW image editors, but one time-honored solution is to shoot such scenes after sunset,Continue reading “Internally Illuminated Streetscapes”

Embracing the Low Res Image

We have spent so much time struggling to get the highest resolution from our cameras, our lenses, and tripods, our RAW converters, that we often fail to appreciate the artistic value of low resolution images. Low res images are the natural result of art lenses such as Holgas and LensBabies, as well as of techniquesContinue reading “Embracing the Low Res Image”

Abstracts, Collages, and Modernist Photography

Studying early Twentieth Century Art and Photography develops an appreciation of the early practitioners of the collage, including Picasso and his friend Braque, as well as the photographers experimenting in similar compositions in photography, such as Man Ray. Practicing what we learn is the best way to extend our own eye to include concepts andContinue reading “Abstracts, Collages, and Modernist Photography”