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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PestoCanon 7D, Canon 24-105ƒ/4L IS lens, 1/15th second at ƒ/5.6, ISO 100

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 around the image, looking at all the elements. In this image the […]

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