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Tips for the creative photographer #2Iīm by no means saying I am any expert, but I hope some of this might prove beneficial.
Screw the rules
It is very good to know and be aware of composition, correct exposure, to compensate or not to, but it does sometimes mess with your own creative approach.
The camera and lens is plastic, metal and glass and just tools for you to use, they should be treated as such.
A good thing is to get that perfectly exposed and composed shot out of the way and then just flip to a new page.
Try for instance to take a picture of something with the sun behind it and completely blow the whites out leaving the subject correctly exposed without the use of a flash, it might just be the shot you choose instead of the "correct" one.
Absolutely no harm in using other tools than just the camera and a tripod, people have gotten cover shots of eagles diving in the water for food the photographer has brought and thrown there as bait.
Spray some water on a flower on a sunny day, who ha
Photography tips, the different way. :)Mindtravelling
I do not know how other photographers does it, but I like to walk around with my camera and when I have gotten a certain distance I close my eyes and play back the same steps I had taken, If I notice something doing so I go back and start taking pictures.
The same goes for places I have been before, I close my eyes and go through the same paths in my mind and think of locations to take pictures, often this technique leads to very interesting photos once I get out there and also I tend to notice things I did not when I was there first.
Weird or not, that is how I do it, if It works for others I do not know, but It might be fun to give it a try.
Often when you are out taking pictures it is just a natural place and angle to take pictures, but sometimes just turing around and tackling a unusual angle might yield much more interesting images.
An example is the image I took called "Arrival", the other way had a big calm lake wi
A few simple photography tipsThought Id share a few simple yet effective photography tips for the creative photographer.
Macro done easy
Set your lens to its closest focusing range and move physically towards the subject until it is sharp.
If you are using longer lenses it really helps to lay down and hold the camera and lens almost like you are shooting a gun, and remember your breathing when shooting.
This is also a great technique for bokeh shots, with a 50 mm at its closest focusing range and background further away you will blow the background to bits.
Donīt be stationary
It is very easy to put down a tripod and just stand on the same spot shooting, instead try moving around a bi, experiment with angles, left, right, high, low until you hit that perfect angle for the scene.
Slow the shutter
You donīt always need a ND filter to block out light to get even slower shutter speed, you can either use this technique with your hand or better with a cardboard (black if you got colored one).
Tips for the creative photographer #3Some more tipsīn tricks
Mix and match
If you have a couple of filter like a polarizing filter and perhaps an ND filter there is no rule that says you can mix and match the best from both worlds, you can use the polarizer to see through water, the nd filter to smooth out the sky and a regular shot for the rest of the landscape and combine the best from all worlds.
This does not just extend to filter use, as simple as doing a 30 second exposure of the sky at 1600 iso (to prevent star trailing) and a 2 minute exposure of the ground at iso 200 also works when it comes to mixing and matching, even part hdr.
It is all dependant on the scene you want to capture and your own creativity.
Most cameras has a multiexposure feature that enable the camera to process several image into 1, this is not the same as bracketing where you take several different value exposures and combine into one (hopefully) neat looking hdr image.
You can set up the camera to do 3 mu
5 must knows for better night photos
go to http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Ratings/%28type%29/usecase_sports
Find your camera and see what iso settings you can push your camera to and still retain descent image quality, this is especially important when shooting auroras, a high iso sensitivity means you can push the shutterspeed under the magical 8 seconds to retain some of the movement of the aurora in the image.
(I personally recommend 6 or less)
Preventing STAR TRAILS
Use the rule of 600 to keep stars in the picture from trailing/streaking.
Divide 600 by the true focal lenght of your lens, true is measured by 35mm full frame, so a 30 mm full frame lens would yield this simple equation: 600/30 = 20 second (or less) exposure and stars will look nice.
For cropped sensors you have to time your focal length with 1.5 for Nikon and 1.6 for Canon.
So 16 mm wide angle lens on a Canon cropped sensor would equal 25.6mm true focal lengt (16*1.6) giving this equation: 600/25.6 = 23.43 secon
How to take the best possible images at night.This is mainly directed and nightsky photography but it will apply to all sorts of night photography where you are limited when it comes to light.
I will structure this step by step for ease of use, once you have touched all points you will be ready to tackle the night with all its challenges.
Step 1 - The Camera
Over at DxOMark they are very good at testing stuff the scientific way, some will argue the real world application and images instead and I agree with both, but for iso which is so important for night photography this would be my first stop: http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Ratings/Sports
Find your camera and note down the iso sensitivity, you have to forget about the dynamic range a bit here as with high iso you will not even get close to the cameras max performance.
Step 2 - The lens
Find your lens here: http://www.lenstip.com/lenses_reviews.html
The one thing they do here that dxomark does not is test the lens for coma and astigmatism, the first would
Believe in your work
*** This is in not way written as to be lectue, its more some thoughts I have and a hope to inspire some different thinking about artworks.***
Who are you as an artist ?
- I would certainly not say its an easy question, asking myself that I find it quite tricky to answer, I think a more valid form would be "What defines you as an artist ?" and if follow up with a few more question it instantly inspires thought, at least I think.
* Do you dare to be different ?
* Do you take advantage of the tools you have ?
* Do you give up on an idea if it does not work out the first time you try ?
And you can go on and on posing more question and sub-questions, but cutting through all that I believe Is where it all lies, it is not hard to take the easy route and base work of others people successes, I dont think any artist has not gone down that route.
Personally I think it is an important an invaluable tool, but also equa
Do you value your work ?I get a lot of requests for usage of my artwork, ranging from a friendly question to use my work as a reference for perhaps a painting/drawing to licensing images for use on thousands of copies, whichever media that may be.
I concider myself fair, and I am far from any greedy person, but there is one thing that gets to me more so than much else, when someone devalues my work to such a degree that it borders on ridiculous and ontop of that expect me to be thankful for such a wonderful opportunity.
Here are 3 examples, 1 is fair, 2 are not, you decide:
A: Licensing of an image for the use in a calendar, effective usage 1 year, non-exclusive licensing, print-run of about 25-35000 copies.
B: Licensing of an image for the use of a book cover, world renowned writer, published in 25 countries, permanent exclusive license, initial print-run: 2.5 million copies, secondary print-run: minimum 1.8 million.
C: Licensing of 2 images, use for
Light matters.I think every photographer has heard the expression "Shot to death", of course that does not mean killing someone, it just means that an area has been photographed so much and from so many angles that it can feel pointless to shoot it yourself.
Couple of examples that comes to mind, The Eifel tower, The horseshoe bend are two places that has been "shot to death", personally I would say it is far from it.
Having seen many images from both those locations suddenly there comes a new image that makes you go both "wow" and "aha".
Here is an example of a really tiny area where I live, there is nothing much too this place, but I have shot pretty much every nook and cranny of this place, but I still revisit this place from time to time and shoot a few shots, last time being about 19 hours ago at the writing of this journal.
Shot to death ?
I think it was the well known landscape photographer that said that he waits for the light, then start shooting, i.e light come
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Tips for the creative photographer #4On location
When on location, regardless if you are just shooting for fun or on an assignment, be prepared.
Especially on an assignment this is important, those you are shooting for are expecting a certain result and in most cases how you arrive at those results is of no difference to your client.
Even if you are shooting for yourself, having some ideas of what you want to shoot and how can save you a lot of time in the long run.
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Try without knowing
Sometimes you see an image where you have absolutely no clue as to how the person that took it achieved that result.
Right there is a perfect time to go out and try for yourself and figure it out without googling it beforehand, often you can end up with results much better than you had anticipated.
Shooting through experimenting is a really powerful tool, and it helps you learn your camera quickly and no
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