Enhancing Your Photos

I remember when I was first learning how to use my DSLR, I would see beautiful pictures captured by other photographers that looked so perfect, and I couldn't imagine how in the world they got such incredibly vibrant shots. When I would look through my images after a day of shooting, they looked dull in comparison. I  learned very quickly that although it's important to get the shot right with your camera, most professional photographers further enhance their images by using some kind of post processing software. Whether it's Photoshop or Lightroom almost every photographer has a system they use to proof and then adjust their images. Photoshop and Lightroom can do some crazy cool things and both programs can get really deep. That said, I have found that using some simple actions and filters can really speed up the process without having to be an expert. Below is an image that was shot by one of our Photography 101 students. (Photo Credit: Peggy Holland) I love the composition of this shot, but I wanted to see if I could make the image pop a little more by using some filters in Photoshop CS5. The image below is the same [...]

By | February 20th, 2014|Composition, Photography Tips|7 Comments

Better Composition – Rule Of Thirds

Composition in photography is about framing up an image to make for a more interesting and eye-catching photo. There are a few different rules that can help with composition, but like I told everyone when I was in high school, "Rules were meant to be broken!" Ha! :)  Seriously though, you know better than anyone what you want, so always trust your gut! One of the most popular rules of composition is the 'rule of thirds'. The rule of thirds states that if an image is divided into nine equal parts, the compositional elements that run along the lines or at the intersections are more pleasing to the eye. It's more of a rule of thumb than a set-in-stone, absolutely-unbreakable rule. But looking back through some of my "beauty shots", it is interesting to see how many "keepers" I chose that follow this rule! Here are a few that we used in our Photography 101 class, and from our talk at the Haven Conference. This also works for portraits and horizontal shots like the images below. Another cool thing about the rule of thirds is that if you don't shoot it that way, you can always crop your photo that way with [...]

By | June 28th, 2012|Composition, Photography Tips, Uncategorized|29 Comments

Photography Tips – Composition and Perspective

Hey guys! Thanks to everyone who has registered for Photography 101 this week! The response has been wonderful, and we're excited to have you here! Before I announce the winner of the 50mm lens (thanks to everyone who left comments on that post, by the way!), I thought I'd share a few photos that didn't make it into the Flea Market Style magazine article I had the pleasure of shooting recently. Composition is a big part of capturing photos that "feel good", so I wanted to talk a little bit about the differences between a couple of shots I snapped at the shoot that day. First up, these photos of a bowl of apples: Composition-wise, both shots are fine, but photo #2 feels stronger to me. In photo #1 you can't see the apple stems, and while it's not the end of the world, being able to see the stems really gives the apples more personality. Also, by moving the camera up and looking down a bit, you can see the color inside the bowl, more of the sofa, and there's more separation between the apples and the items in the bookcase in the background. Pictures are 2D, so any [...]

By | March 8th, 2012|Composition, Perspective, Photography Tips|59 Comments
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