Using Lines in Composition

Lead the Viewer's Eye Using Lines in Your Photographs. Composing a picture usually begins with the subject matter, and where you place that subject within the viewfinder of your camera. The use of lines within the composition can not only help you with composing the photograph, it can also be used to draw the viewer's eye into the photograph. There are lines everywhere you look, some are just more clearly apparent than others. In urban areas you can find lines wherever you turn, buildings, streets, train tracks, sidewalks, hedges. In rural areas you will…Read more …

Colour Temperature

Understanding Colour Temperature Colour temperature is simply the colour of light. In photography the most important states of colour temperature are, cool, warm, and neutral. Colour temperature is of course more complex than this, but when you look at colour as emotion instead of units to be measured then you can view colour temperature in a less complex way. Using colour temperature to help you convey emotion in your photography can be a happy accident, or intentionally crafted into your photographs. The more you understand about colour temperature the easier it will become…Read more …

Learning to See in Black and White

Seeing Past the Colour and Visualizing Tonal Values. Learning to see tones instead of colour is something every photographer has to do in order to become good at black and white photography. For experienced photographers, looking at a scene in colour, or as a series of tones becomes as easy as pressing the shutter release on your camera. It can be difficult to see past the colour, while learning to see tones. Your whole life, as seen though your own eyes has been in glorious colour. It takes a lot of practice and…Read more …

Dealing with Creative Block

Understanding Creative Blocks and How to Overcome Them. You have heard of writer's block, when a writer struggles with getting his or her ideas down on paper. Every type of creative person goes though different cycles of creativity including times of great frustration where their creative juices do not flow at all or just barely trickles out. For visual creatives the term is more generic than it is for writers, it is called "creative block". The first time you experience a creative block can be quite unnerving. For most creative people, being creative…Read more …

Anticipating The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment Henri Cartier-Bresson will always be remembered for his iconic black and white street photographs, but he will also be remembered for a famous phrase that is known by almost every serious photographer, " The Decisive Moment " . The term comes from his 1952 book Images à la sauvette, the English edition was titled, The Decisive Moment. "Photography is not like painting," he told The Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression…Read more …

How to Photograph People using Direct Sunlight

How to use direct sunlight to make your portrait photographs beautiful. Ambient light, studio light, available light and the most important light of all, star light. That gigantic mass of hydrogen and helium we call the sun that produces 386 billion billion ( not a typo ) mega-Watts of energy, that is created by so many nuclear fusion reactions per second that we don't have a number big enough to count them all, which is awesome when you want to use a really low ISO setting on your digital camera. Using direct sunlight…Read more …

Ambient High-key Beauty Lighting

How to do ambient high-key beauty lighting using only one light source. The most beautiful light is often the simplest, coming only from a single light source. In this beauty photograph of Emma that light source was a large bay window that was behind her, and the light was simple indirect ambient sunlight being channelled though the window. Ambient high-key beauty lighting is quite easy to do in a close-up beauty photograph like this, or for a portrait photograph. The most beautiful light is often the simplest, coming only from a single light…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Make-up & Hair, plus Point of View and What to Look For.

Beauty Photography – Part Four of Four Beauty Make-up and Hair Beauty photography is used to sell many things, make-up and hair products are the most common and usually the first thing that comes to mind, but beauty is used to sell much more than just cosmetics. Beauty is also used to sell brands, ideas, and ideals. There is a simple purity to beauty that sells. Think of all those famous advertising campaigns that you have seen using beauty photography to sell products like perfumes, jeans, bras, eyeglasses, or handbags, the list is…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Ten Tips for Better Beauty Photography

Beauty Photography – Part Three of Four There are loads of tips and tricks of the trade for shooting beauty photography. Below are ten solid tips to help build a strong foundation for your beauty shoot. 1. Pay attention to the models face when you are moving the lights or when you are moving the model into place to see how the light reacts to the shape of the model's face as it happens. 2. While you are moving the lights always keep in mind where your camera placement, and what your point of…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Understanding Photogenic Beauty

Beauty Photography – Part Two of Four  A Eye for Photogenic Beauty I am not sure if having a eye for beauty can be learned, but I do think that by photographing enough people you can learn what traits are needed for someone to be considered photogenic. Some of the most physically beautiful women I've met have also been some of the least photogenic models I have photographed. Beautiful in person but flat in front of a camera. It is incredibly frustrating to have someone in front of your camera who is so…Read more …