Storing Your Photographic Stuff

April 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I'll keep this one short. While I agree that insurance is a great decision but on the other hand imho it is one that should be kept private and confidential to avoid any and all inquiring minds or thieves from knowing about your property and it's vulnerability. Safes lined with asbestos do inherently store moisture, and sealing a container with...
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Carry on Complications at the Airport and Possible Strategies

April 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve shot alongside many big and well known photographic names, both paid and unpaid. Regularly I am still in contact with most of these people. All they are, are what I will call my mentors as they have had a positive influence in my photographic endeavors. I should mention that nobility and fame are two things that won’t and don’t influence my ph...
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April 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Color Color has become such an important tool to the photographer today. It evokes varying emotional responses such as excitement, awe, wonderment, joy, peace, fear and many more. These colors will be one of the first things to capture a viewer’s attention, creating an emotional impact. Color comes in all kinds of flavors, from being bold to...
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The Rule of Thirds and Beyond

February 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
The Rule of Thirds and Beyond The rule of thirds is probably a rule most photographers have heard of and use it as their primary source of composition. This is sad because there is so much more to composition than just this rule. The rule of thirds is basically nothing more than a grid with two vertical and two horizontal lines forming fo...
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January 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Backgrounds A good composition begins with and is highly dependent on having a good subject that attracts the viewer’s interest. Having a good background is essential to sparking that subject interest by not being distracting or by successfully adding some context and interest to the subject. Always check your background first before capturin...
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Avoid the Middle or Embrace It

January 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Avoid the Middle or Embrace It Putting the image in the middle is something that comes naturally for many of us and it is especially true for beginning photographers. It’s boring because the viewer goes right to the subject without looking at anything else; missing out on the story you’re trying to tell. A simple and sometimes over taught tec...
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Space, Negative and Positive

January 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Space, Negative and Positive Widely taught in Art schools but sometimes unknown or ignored in photographic circles, negative and positive space is another powerful tool that can dramatically improve the composition in your photography. This element of composition is basically made up of three things. 1. Positive Space. This is the subject; it’s...
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Aspect Ratios

January 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Aspect Ratio Why include aspect ratios into a series on composition? Choosing the frame size or aspect ratio can have a huge impact on your photograph and its composition. It has the power to emphasize your subject if one size is chosen over another. It can also create problems if you have a desired image size and the image was shot too tightly...
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Fill the Frame

January 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Filling the Frame There is no better way of eliminating the clutter from your photograph than to fill the frame. It gives great impact to your composition as it definitely leaves no doubt in the viewer’s eyes what the focus or subject is. There’s an old saying by Robert Capa, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough".
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January 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Simplify Simplicity is a great tool for good composition, while it’s easy to imagine it’s also difficult to master. A photograph will often tell just one story which makes finding a sole subject so important. Everything else will just draw attention away from your subject; you want to simplify it, bringing the focus to your subject. One sub...
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January 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Lines Using lines in photography is just another powerful tool that can be utilized when there’s an opportunity to do so. It’s a great tool in your compositional toolbox. Lines guide the viewer’s eyes to the subject, they also control the way people will view your photograph. If you make it hard to find the main focal point in your picture th...
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January 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Frames While framing your photograph can enhance its appearance, framing within the image is a highly effective way to enhance your composition. It draws the viewer’s eyes to the subject and emphasizes that subject and gives a sense of depth, of being there and adds perspective. Framing can also add interest and intrigue to the compositio...
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Patterns, Repetitions and Textures

January 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Patterns, Repetitions and Textures All three are closely related so I decided to include them all into this chapter. When you repeat something such as a shape, line, color, or object they are repetitions and are pleasing to the eye. When your repeat repetitions many times they become patterns and repetitions of patterns can make a uniform textur...
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January 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Balance Every photograph has balance or an imbalance that is used in the final composition. Although balance is probably one of the most important elements of a good composition, it is probably one the most overlooked and least taught method of creating a powerful image. More than likely this is due to balance being very complex, hard to gras...
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Composition, the Elements and Techniques

December 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Over the next several weeks I will be sharing what I've learned and have taught over the years with the elements and techniques used by artists and masters of the past and present. So stay tuned if you'd like to create more powerful photography and take it to the next level. Below is a short prologue of things to come. Enjoy! Composition, Th...
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