TAG: Composition

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The Art of the Edit


Over the years in which I have been involved with professional photography I have edited literally thousands of images—and that is how you learn how to edit. You have to look at photographs, lots of photographs, created by other photographers; you cannot learn to edit by looking purely at your own work. It is often…


That’s Not A Fashion Photograph…


There seems to be a serious misunderstanding amongst photographers hoping to be seen as and work as fashion photographers about what constitutes a fashion photograph. I cannot count the amount of times that I have been presented with a portfolio or website of ‘fashion images’ by an enthusiastic but commercially naïve aspiring fashion photographer, leaving…


Why Transmitted Light Photography?


This is the fifth and last in a series of posts about transmitted light photography. This is about lighting from a perspective that I believe most of us are unfamiliar with, and one that shows a subject from a previously unseen perspective: its interior. In this last post, let’s look at a simple question: Why…


Surreal Photography – Miniature #2


Below is an excerpt from Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible by Daniela Bowker Miniature #2 By Vanessa Paxton The concept behind this image was simple: a miniature girl in a normal-sized world. I thought that it would be interesting to use photography to bring to life the story of Thumbelina with some images inspired by…

homemade flash grid

D-I-Y Light Blockers: Gobos, Barn Doors, Snoots and Grids


Learn what’s available. Try a homemade version first. Use it a lot? Then consider professional versions. Light blockers One way to control light during a photo shoot is to block it. Some things and some areas need to be kept dark. The most practical way to do this is with black paper and cardboard. Adjustable…


Composition – The Golden Mean


Your three-dimensional subjects and the scene they’re in are composed through your lens. This composition relies on many factors, including lenses and shot sizes, as well as camera angles. But one underlying principle can’t be understated: the golden mean appearing in nature, a ratio studied by mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras (whom you might recall from…

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