composition

An introduction to still life photography

(Editor’s note: This guest article is by Julie Powell who lives in Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia. She is an award-winning still life photographer who loves to share her passion for this genre

Weekly Wrap-Up: February 17-23, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up compiles interesting articles published this week on Photofocus. This week we learned about the rule of thirds, how to use the whites and blacks sliders in Lightroom,

Composition: The rule of thirds

When it comes to photographic composition, one of the most well-known “rules” is known as the “rule of thirds.” Many photographers dismiss the rule of thirds as being overly simplistic

Closing the gap

“Photography makes me feel alive. I never get tired of shooting!” “Oh, this sucks. Didn’t turn out the way I saw it!” “Trying to find my style! Aaarrgghhhhh this is

Five tips for adding textures to your photos

The term “texture” is a catch-all term for adding either abstract images, detailed photos, or patterns of different surfaces, like metal, cracked paint, sand, etc. as an overlay on your image. This is a type of “compositing”, combining multiple images into one finished work. Adding textures to your images can change the mood, create special effects, strengthen the composition, or help better tell a story.  These five concepts will help you add textures more easily, realistically, and quickly in Adobe Photoshop

On Nature: How to compose moving wildlife

Every animal has a distinct overall body geometry, but this shape will change dramatically as they move.  When you are composing your images, it’s important to understand this concept so you are fitting your frame and composition to them, allowing them to be alive in your shot.

Dreamy monochrome seashore scene with moody sky

The evolution of an image begins at the camera

My husband (Photofocus contributor Steve Eilenberg) frequently chides me for not editing tightly enough, of hanging on to image files that I “will never use and never show”. There is

The Art of Being “Photogenic”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone say ‘I am not ‘photogenic’. To be honest, I hate that statement. I mean who isn’t ‘photogenic’? To me everyone,

3 Reasons Why You Should Print Your Photos Really Big

Many of us love the experience of creating photos, but have a habit of stockpiling those photos on a mishmash of drives and cloud storage, where they remain unseen by ourselves or anyone else.  Sometimes guilty of this myself, I long ago stopped printing my work. With web based portfolios, social media, cloud file delivery, and all my customers and audience online, why bother? Over time, I got rid of all my printers, outsourced everything and generally avoided anything to do with putting ink on paper.  I’m sure I am not alone in this, how many of you out there haven’t printed anything in a long time, or have never printed anything at all?

Recently, I had the opportunity to to select one of my favorite photos, and have a print made of it by ArtisanHD.  When the piece arrived and I opened the box, it all came flooding back. Just how cool it’s to see your work big on the wall.  This wasn’t about ego, it was about seeing the product of creativity and effort, reliving the memory of making that image, and rediscovering just how much I love photography.  In this article I’ll explain how printing your work can make you a better photographer, through my experience of having a large print made of one of my favorite photos.

Portrait Tips: Crop the Top

When you make a portrait, your aim should be for maximum impact. Emotion, lighting, and movement all lend impact to a picture, but the way you frame the photo also

How to Enhance Your Photos With Textures – Part 1: Adding Textures

In photography a texture image or “texturing” is used to enhance or accent some part of the image in your digital darkroom.  Although they can help you create eye-catching works of art, textures also can be very easy to overdo. In this article I’ll explain my process for adding textures to my photography, using Adobe Stock and Photoshop,  to create more impact, transform the mood of the image, or improve on the composition.