Author: Ellen Anon

Ellen Anon

Ellen is a freelance photographer, speaker and writer who specializes in expressive photography. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and while practicing as a psychologist, began working part time in photography co-leading workshops, writing articles, editing and authoring books and gradually evolved into a full time professional photographer in the mid 1990's. Her images, often based on nature, are sometimes realistic and sometimes abstract but always designed to elicit emotional reactions from the viewer. Her goal is to go beyond the ordinary in ways that hopefully stimulate others to pause and appreciate some of the beauty and wonder of our earth that balances some of the stress of everyday life. She has won recognition in several worldwide photo competitions including the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Her images have been used by companies including Apple, UPMC Health Plan, San Disk and Nik Software.

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FIGURE 24 The same photo in black and white (A) and color (B). In this case, the color wasn’t contributing anything useful to the image, and in fact the muted colors on this rainy day were lowering the overall energy. Converting to black and white and increasing the contrast helped raise the energy.

Black and White vs. Color Photography


If color is so great, then why is black-and-white photography so popular? One simple reason is that it removes color as a component completely, removing any visual intensity and extraneous subtext that the color contributed to the image. If your image is a little too intense, removing the color might put its visual intensity back…


Shooting with Visual Rhythm


Rhythm is a repeating pattern through time (in music) or in space (more useful for our purposes). Whether you have a repeating individual element, such as the lines in the sand in the Figure A  below, or repeating groups such as the rows of magnets in Figure B (and remember, our brains will create groups,…

Figure 29 In this image we used the tilt function to help straighten the side of the building (A). Without the tilt (B) you can see the distortion caused by angling the camera.

Photo Technique: Tilt-shift Lenses


Tilt-shift lenses were originally the territory of large-format cameras, and later a few versions became available for medium and 35-mm formats. These lenses move in ways other lenses can’t. Shifting is moving the lens parallel to the image plane and is used to alter the position of a subject, such as a building, in the…

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