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”

Color Over Detail

When, and how, should a photographer sacrifice detail and focus to color? Its important to determine which element of an image is key, and decide how to strengthen it, even if that means sacrificing other elements that we usually consider important to an image. Here we are looking at a shot that would be allContinue reading “Color Over Detail”

Adjusting for Low Quality Lightsources

Gymnasiums, Conference Centers, Covered Markets, they often have one thing in common: they are frequently lit by very efficient, but very unpleasant lighting, such as sodium vapor lamps. This results in images which often have a terrible color cast. But trying to adjust for it with standard color adjustments is not the best solution. Instead, it isContinue reading “Adjusting for Low Quality Lightsources”

All About That Bass

Music Festivals offer photographers an increased level of access to shoot musicians. However, it is often in less than ideal locations, with cluttered stages and backgrounds. One solution to this is to use a long lens, focus on closeups of one or two musicians at a time, and to use a shallow depth of focus; all ofContinue reading “All About That Bass”

The Challenges of Selective Focus

It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of focus in an image. Today, the only images a photographer is likely to trash from a session are those that are out of focus, or focused in the wrong plane. Selective focus, using a specialty lens or software effects, can produce very powerful images. But the intentContinue reading “The Challenges of Selective Focus”

Layered Images, Poetic Imagery

The goal for writing prose is to produce a single, clear, meaning. With poetry, on the other hand, multiple layers of meaning, often only perceived over time, are the intent. Photo journalism can be related to prose; fine art photography, to poetry. One way to add layers to a shot, and extend the possible meanings ofContinue reading “Layered Images, Poetic Imagery”

The Search for Balance, Not Symmetry

The easy thing to do, especially when confronted with a shot of a symmetrical piece of architecture, is to shoot a symmetrical image. And in many cases that will create the strongest image. Not necessarily the most compelling one, however. It is often more inviting to include a wing, a tree, or some other element soContinue reading “The Search for Balance, Not Symmetry”