Month: December 2010

21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know

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As so many new camera owners are starting out with photography in the new year I thought I’d compile a list of photography tips and techniques that new camera owners might like to work through in the coming weeks.

via 21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know.

Recommended Reading:
Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

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Consider the Background

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Here’s a photo of my son kicking a soccer ball at a local field. Although he’s technically the subject, the sky that day was such that I wanted it to be included into the composition.  Using a wide angel lens provided the ability to capture him and much of the sky in the background. The overall effect enhances the main subject in this image.

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Keep Your Image Simple…

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I shot this image in the dunes at a local beach. The curves of the bare tree mimicked the curves in the cloud pattern. A simple composition, but fairly effective.

Keeping the composition simple allows the viewers eyes to go right to the main subject and keeps the view from being distracted by a “cluttered” photo. Since the scene was devoid of interesting colors, black and white conversion worked well with this composition. By following the “Rule of Thirds” and offsetting the tree, It appears that the tree is in a barren landscape and the viewer feels a sense of vastness in the image.

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