December 5th, 2014
You manually turn off the light, pull out a chair, and shake hands, but do you use the manual setting on your camera? The automatic
mode on your camera is fine for certain situations, but you are impeding your progress. Disregard the other modes on the camera and focus on manual mode. Photographing a subject in manual mode will open up a whole new world. Learning how to shoot manually is scary if you always let the camera decide what the image will look like.
Using the other modes isnít a crime. You donít have to disregard them, but donít rely on them all the time. Manual mode gives you the freedom to choose the right aperture and speed to get the right image. Choosing the right aperture, which is the opening in the lens allowing a certain amount of light is the best way to read the scene in front of you. You can study the photograph and gauge what will be needed to produce a similar scene next time.
When you print out your image, study it. Look at how the light falls on the subject, see where the highlights are. Check the shadow areas and study the contrasting tones. Do this every time after you have taken a photograph. You will learn a lot by studying the image.
Your photography will take on a whole new process when you study the image. The power of manual mode will take your photography to a new level. You will see your images in a different light. Your photography will change for the better. There will be a new appreciation for the art.
I believe the art of photography lies in manual mode. Donít let the other modes on your camera take over the process. Keep the dial on manual mode all the time. Be scared and shoot manually. Donít just turn off the light manually, but do your photography manually
November 19th, 2014
Composing a photographic subject takes time. I don't like pointing and shooting, There is more to the art than just pulling out a camera and snapping a photo. Photography is an art that needs to be appreciated. Savor the moment of capturing the photograph.
Sometimes I scope out a location before photographing the subject. I want to see what the subject looks like at different times of the day. Other times I will immediately take out my camera and set up my shot. I love taking time to compose the shot. Finding the right placement for the subject to create a pleasing photograph is essential.
Rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing are components that create excellent photography. These are a few elements that make a composition powerful. Finding the right composition takes time to produce the right photograph. I look through the viewfinder a few minutes to make sure the subject is right where I want it. Making sure there are no distracting elements in the viewfinder is important.
I don't want any protruding elements, for example, people in the background, blurry subjects, out of place trees, and crooked elements. Take time to view your subject matter first before you take the photograph. Don't rush into taking the photo, but study the subject first. The power of studying the subject then composing the photo makes photography a wonderful art. Take the time to compose the subject, and enjoy the art of photography.
November 19th, 2014
The power of light, composition, and subject matter are elements that control my photographic decisions. The elements mentioned are part of the formula that contribute to my passion for photography. I love the step by step process that leads up to the finished image. Setting up the shot is integral to creating a visual story. Photography is a wonderful way to copy the scene.
Putting aside all facets of my day to venture out and capture an image is invigorating, encouraging, and inspirational. I have no problem forgoing other details of my day in order to photograph any subject that catches my attention. Iím a fine art photographer capturing compositions in landscapes. The natural layout of a landscape has a beautiful, poetic flow that comes to life in the camera.
I find it interesting how poetry is similar in scope to the art of photography. The lines and angles of a scene have a musical flow similar to lines in a poem. The elements in an image complement each other just like the words in a poem. There is an amazing correlation in connecting the two art forms. The symmetry between poetry and photography creates opportunities for brainstorming.I created a poem titled, ďWinters BreathĒ from a winter scene that I photographed.
The details in the image were an invitation to share the story. We all have a story to tell, and these I find are my avenues of storytelling. The world around me is a portal to an imaginary world. I love stepping into this world that creates visual imagery.
The beauty of creating an image can be interpreted by the individual. Each person that views or reads an image or poem can feel something different. I enjoy the experience that it brings to me. The photographic experience is almost spiritual. I feel at peace when Iím creating that image. I hope you find your avenue of creative expression.