Utilizing Unique Backgrounds

We shoot many of the same subjects time after time. So it can be important to keep an eye out for instances where the background creates a unique settings or contrast to the subject. Sometimes a black backdrop is available, from the right angle. In others a distant backdrop unfocussed with a shallow depth ofContinue reading “Utilizing Unique Backgrounds”

Vertical One Point Perspective

One point perspective is a powerful tool, creating tunnel-like symmetry and focus on whatever is at, or in front of, the vanishing point. But we nearly always use one point as a horizontal tool, looking down a corridor, tunnel, or street. There is a second orientation which can be utilized for one point perspectives, oneContinue reading “Vertical One Point Perspective”

Turning Your Back on the Sunset

We are accustomed to shooting with our backs to the sun. But at sunrise and sunset, we tend to do just the opposite, and shoot images of the colors in the sky.  With the right landscape, that can produce some very satisfying images. Here’s an example of such a shot, from Tuscany in the Wintertime.Continue reading “Turning Your Back on the Sunset”

Creative Keywording

We all become jaded as we type keywords into our thousands of images. How creative to you need to be, to make sure you can find a given image later? But that is not the only value of keywords. They are also important when images are searched for under unique categories, be it in ourContinue reading “Creative Keywording”

Off Season Photo Scouting

Part of landscape photography is the scouting of possible locations, and noting the best time of year, time of day, and weather conditions for shooting in each spot. However, this constant judging of the ideal can blind us to the beauty of the moment. The shot included with this article was taken in February, hardly the idealContinue reading “Off Season Photo Scouting”

Documenting Tributes to Deposed Dictators

Deposed dictators, especially those who caused much bloodshed and hardship for their people, are typically erased from the civic space. Their statues are removed, their names eliminated from buildings and road signs, and their brass plaques melted for scrap. Because of this, it is particularly interesting to document the remnants that escaped destruction. Mussolini isContinue reading “Documenting Tributes to Deposed Dictators”

Macros, Details, and Texture Shots

Its not uncommon for photographers to shoot image that they don’t consider to be important images or complete compositions. Sometimes it is for series they are developing for their own portfolios, and sometimes its for images that graphic designers will purchase as stock. I shoot a wide range of such macros, architectural details, and textureContinue reading “Macros, Details, and Texture Shots”

When a Color Image Should be Converted to Black and White

There are many good reasons for converting an image to black and white. Some images contain a lot of contrast and texture which can be better emphasized in black in white. Others have historic content that fits well with historic black and white looks. And sometimes an image is part of a series, and theContinue reading “When a Color Image Should be Converted to Black and White”

PhoozL Interiors Photo Contest

This week’s PhoozL Photo Contest was on the topic “Interiors” and offered a wide array of interpretations of that theme. Here is an except from my Judge’s comments: “This was an interesting and varied group of images, making the judging process challenging. There were unique and challenging concepts of ‘interior’ and strong compositions telling interestingContinue reading “PhoozL Interiors Photo Contest”

PhoozL Architectural Detail Photo Contest

I recently judged a photo contest at the PhoozL photography site on the topic of Architectural Details. Here is an excerpt from my judges summary: “Amongst those that clearly fit the architectural detail category there were many interesting images, ranging from pure black-and-white with no grays, to blazing full color, and from macro-level closeups coveringContinue reading “PhoozL Architectural Detail Photo Contest”