Perhaps every portrait painter who shoots in the open air faces a problem concerning the main points on which a good portrait depends, such as staging, lighting, composition, etc. And perhaps the biggest mistake made when shooting portraits outside the studio is the lack of attention to the background.
Photographers who do not carefully study the surrounding space in which a photo session takes place are doomed to failure. When they begin to review the footage, it is sure to find out that most of the pictures can be sent to the basket just because the background was not given due attention.
Not one customer will pay for the pictures, where a branch, some other unnecessary detail “sticks out” from a person’s head or other parts of the body. Ignoring the details of the background causes undoubted damage not only to creativity, but also to the financial component of the photographer. Continue reading
Photography of classical or modern architecture is a serious challenge. However, the forces spent on shooting buildings and urban historical sights are worth what the photographer most often gets. Here are some tips that will help you not to be afraid to shoot architecture – in your native village or tourist center.
Be attentive to the direction of light, as with its help you can increase the contrast, shadows, textures and reflections. A high level of contrast can cause cameras to incorrectly transmit the picture. However, this can be easily overcome using exposure compensation.
Another trick is to put pictures in one row with different exposure values (one shot for backlighting, one for halftones and one for shadows), and then combine them into a special HDR program (for example, Photomatix). Continue reading
To make more interesting and beautiful photos, there are certain key techniques of composition. One of the widely known is natural framing. But, like all the rules and tips, requires careful and thoughtful application. Using such framing correctly, you can create extremely impressive and elegant images. Here are some tips to get you started.
Natural framing is the use of an element in its image to frame an object. This leads the viewer’s attention and attention to the inside of the photo and emphasizes the object.
The inner frame can be built using many simple details: tree branches, arches, tunnels, door frames, etc., and even with the help of non-solid matters, such as light, shadows, rain, fog, etc. It doesn’t matter what you use.
Framing is a technique that should be used sparingly, but when it is appropriate, it looks very natural. So few people use it wisely, that if you can master this technique, you will become the creator of fantastic pictures.
Why use natural framing?
It easily attracts the viewer to the photo and emphasizes the object.
The object is isolated and separated.
This gives a sense of order and structure of the photo – the eye likes order.
To close the dull sky. Continue reading
Why are newly-minded owners of SLR cameras * who do not have the necessary skills in handling photographic equipment, are disappointed in the results they see on the monitor? Why are photographers so indignant when, when meeting with clients, first of all they hear “What camera do you have?” With this rhetorical note we will begin to dethrone the myths about SLR cameras.
Myth 1. A SLR camera anyone can take a photographic masterpiece.
Not true. The masterpiece can also be removed with a standard digital soap dish **, and it will surpass the many technically perfect photos taken by the SLR. The superiority of the masterpiece will be in the plot, and not in technical quality, and this will contribute to the skill of the photographer or great luck. Thus, if you rarely pick up a camera or have recently met with photo art, you should not expect the magic of the appearance of a large number of good photos from buying a professional camera.
There will be more good photos only if you regularly take pictures and get relevant knowledge about the technical and creative aspects of photography from books, courses or the Internet.
Myth 2. Photographs taken with a SLR camera are always brighter, sharper and more qualitative than those shot with a soap box. Continue reading
Sharpening photos in Adobe Photoshop is an extensive topic: there are many ways to make a picture sharper, and they all have a right to exist. Today we will talk about the method that is often used by professional photographers in practice.
To work, we need a High Pass filter, which is in the menu Filter -> Other (Other) -> High Pass (Color Contrast). The principle of its operation is to highlight the boundaries of the objects of the image, because of what the viewer will feel that the photo has become clearer. How to sharpen a photo with it? The easiest way to describe the process is in a few simple steps.
Step 1. Copy the image to a new layer. To do this, right-click the photo and select Duplicate Layer, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + J. Continue reading