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I’ve been frequently asked to help take pictures (with a cell phone) simply because I’m a “photographer” and therefore MUST make “better” pictures than those coming from an “average joe.”  Probably not always true, but I feel that there are some elements to know that could help everyone take better pictures… even with a phone. […]

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Portrait by Vanelli

Thanks to Vanelli and Meghan Ryan-Harrington for the Behind the Scenes shots. When shooting a video project, there is a need to typically get multiple shots (or angles) of the same scene.  In modern productions, viewers aren’t content to watch just a single shot occur on screen.  The audience expects multiple angles to be combine […]

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As a photographer, you’re likely used to using to capture several shots.  You capture them to have options… bracketing to cover the exposure range, or shoting safety shots to ensure focus.  With video, you have even more reasons to get additional coverage… the narrative demands it. Shooting video is much more than capturing the action […]

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Many photographers worry about making the switch to DSLR Video.  The gear and the challenges can seem a bit overwhelming at first.  I thought it might be helpful to point out some of the things the two mediums have in common. Your gear. The investment you’ve made in equipment translates very well.  Your camera body […]

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This is a short and sweet post about composition. It’s very basic and intended for those who are just starting out in photography, but could be a good reminder to old hands as well. Beware the intruder! What’s wrong with the photo above? Do you see it? Do you recognize the ugly intruder sneaking into […]

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I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about composition lately.  I am really trying to push myself to get beyond the rule of thirds and try  out some new methods. The method I’m experimenting with now is called the Golden Spiral.  It’s based on of all things an ancient sequence of numbers that often […]

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If you ever wonder why you’re drawn to lines don’t worry, it’s normal. As humans we tend to prefer certain shapes and leading lines are one of our favorite distractions. Some people see them better than others. But those who do see them are immediately drawn to them. And for that reason alone, leading lines […]

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This post won’t be for everyone. It’s in fact a very advanced concept and it might miss the target. If it does, I’ll take the blame because of my inability to share the heart of what drives me to find the perfect photo. But here’s trying a little bit. Some photographers go through life randomly […]

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If you want to help your photos get noticed – arrange your composition so that the viewer needs to work just a little bit to find the treasure. Here, there is one bright stand of orange poppies sticking out amongst an entire field of purple flowers. The eye is naturally drawn to the thing that […]

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Guest post & photos by Tamara Lackey - Follow Tamara on Twitter One of the most significant aspects of photography is that the way you see things is the way things end up being seen – and few things determine that more than the power of selective framing. The recognition that we, the photographers, have the […]

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Photographic composition is a tricky thing. It depends on taste. It depends on point of view. It depends on being able to see before there is something to be seen. It’s an art and a science and it’s very subjective. When I took my first few photo workshops, the composition instructors used to tell me […]

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This post isn’t about UV filters or screw on filters or gear of any kind. It’s about the filters we use to make photographic decisions. What to include or not include in a photograph… What color background to use… What lens to shoot with… What camera angle… When you think about it, each photograph is […]

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If you’re a regular follower of my podcast, blogs or Twitter stream you may have surmised that I am a car guy. If I’m not taking photos or running my business I’m probably doing something car-related. It may come as no surprise to you that I am a huge fan of the British television series […]

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It’s photo 101, but many landscape photographers are unaware of it. The horizon tends to look best when it doesn’t split the center of the image. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but unless you can articulate with specificity why you want to do it differently, avoid putting the horizon dead center. You […]

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If you want to make strong compositions, look for repeating themes. I made this portrait of my pal Skip Cohen and his lovely wife Sheila at the @AlbumEpocaUS launch party in Las Vegas at the swanky new Cosmopolitan Hotel. Making portraits at a party or wedding reception is always a challenge because you typically have […]

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Filling the frame is the name of the game. But it’s WHAT you fill the frame with that matters. I was sharing some insights with a new photographer recently and it dawned on me that my own style has matured significantly since I was a newbie. The biggest change I see in my work is […]

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Guest Post and photo by Nicole Young – Follow Nicole on Twitter In food photography, and photography in general, a good fundamental tip on composition is to create or find triangles in your images. Triangles keep the viewer’s eyes on the photo, since when you follow a triangle with your eyes you are basically circling […]

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At least once a month, I’m going to start talking about photography from a purely artistic point of view. I want to try to expose the photographers who stop by here to some “art lessons” in the hopes that those of you who really want to take things up a notch will spend some time […]

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Photofocus received several questions about composition this week so I thought I’d cover some basic tools that will help you improve your compositional skills. These ideas aren’t presented in depth or in any particular order, nor is the list complete. But it should get you started. Also note that you can find an argument for […]

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2001 – All Rights Reserved Iteration or a repetition of the subject is makes for pleasing composition. Notice how the mother wolf and her pup repeat a theme? They are both looking in the same direction. They’re both in profile. There are two of them. They are in harmony with each other […]

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