What the Mona Lisa Can Teach You About Taking Great Portraits - Digital Photography School When it comes to famous images the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most recognized in the world. When I visited the Lourve in Paris a couple of years ago I was stunned by the crowds of people gathering around this small image, pushing and shoving to get close and to take a picture of it (I got some great shots of the crowd). The Mona Lisa has been at the center of much debate and speculation over the years but why is it an image that intrigues people so much and what can we learn from it as photographers today? While we live in a different time (the Mona Lisa was painted in the 1500’s) and use different technology – is there something in this famous image that we can be inspired by as image makers today? Lessons from the Mona Lisa for Photographers
10 camera techniques every beginner photographer should learn While it can take years to master the camera techniques you need to take amazing images, whatever your skill level and whatever you choose to shoot, it often pays to keep things simple. To help you along we’ve put together 10 essential camera techniques every photographer should master. We’ll start with taking control of focus then move on to using features like exposure compensation, white balance and more. From focusing and photo composition to white balance and lighting, this straightforward guide should cement your basic shooting skills, rid you of bad photo habits, and leave you to concentrate on simply getting better images. How to Take Creative Landscape Shots using Intentional Camera Movement Many photographic situations rely on keeping your camera as still as possible during exposure for pin-sharp images. You may have practiced hard to develop a steady hand and you’ve probably used tripods, remote shutter releases or image stabilisation to reduce the risk of camera shake. But, is keeping your camera still always a good thing? Every now and again, why not throw caution to the wind, move your camera while the shutter is open, and explore the range of creative opportunities this offers you as a photographer. What is Intentional Camera Movement and why use it? Intentional Camera Movement (or ICM for short) is a photographic technique where the camera is moved as the image is being taken.
How to Make Your Photos Shine Using Clarity, Sharpening, and Dehaze in Lightroom The goal of any photographer is to make each and every photo stand out from the crowd. Making an image that pops is something that we all strive to achieve, but it’s not always easy to do. Luckily, there are tools at our disposal in Adobe Lightroom that can go a long way to help us achieve an image that we can be proud of, and that catches the attention of the viewer.
11 Tips for Beginner Photographers A Post By: Darren Rowse submitted by CSS from www.heretocreate.com As a new photographer, these are some of the ideas that have helped get me going. Update: Also check out our Digital Photography Tips for Beginners Page. 1.
77 photography techniques, tips and tricks for taking pictures of anything Learn new photography techniques – and master old ones – with this essential photographer’s resource. This list of 77 photography techniques to try covers some of the most popular types of photography. Whether you want to improve your portrait photography or learn how to take better landscapes, discover the secret to sharp close-up photos or start out in street photography, you’ll find some essential tips and tricks here. Words by Marcus Hawkins
5 Situations When Manual Focus is Better than Auto Focus Digital Cameras present photographers with an ever increasing array of Automatic and Semi Automatic shooting modes. Most of these center around different ways of exposing your shots – however many cameras also give options for different focusing modes (auto, continuous focusing for moving subjects and manual). It’s no wonder then that many photographers never make use of their camera and lens’ ability to focus manually. digital-photography-school If you’re stuck for something to do this weekend why not give a new photography technique a try? 1. Light Graffiti By illum Light graffiti is everywhere at the moment and is a fantastic to way to get creative with light trails at night. Set up your camera on a tripod, with ISO of between 400-800.
Beginning Photography Tips: Top 10 Techniques for Better Pictures Making beautiful photographs involves nothing more than a bit of thought. While it often helps to have decent equipment, all you really need is to take a moment before each shot to think clearly about what you are attempting to capture or create. The following guidelines are intended to help novice, non-artistic, and/or non-technical picture-takers immediately improve their photography. If you would like to: Bring home much more pleasing memories from your travels; Make more artistic portraits of your family, pets, or friends; Be satisfied and excited instead of disappointed every time you look at your photos; or Simply enjoy the process of making pictures more; Then read, study, and implement these simple guidelines. Also check out these FREE Resources at BetterPhoto.com...
Learn How to Use the Sharpening Tools in Lightroom - Digital Photography School There’s no question that Lightroom is a powerful piece of photo processing software, but due to that power sometimes it’s not as easy to wrap our heads around everything it has to offer, that’s in part why I started my Let’s Edit YouTube series a weekly segment in which I share my own editing workflow for viewers to learn from. After starting this series one of the most commonly asked questions was to go into more detail on how the sharpening tools in Lightroom work. Sharpening in Lightroom is broken down into four different sliders – Amount, Radius, Detail and Masking – and they each work together to help you achieve the perfect amount of sharpness in your photograph. Today, rather than simply answer this question to the comparatively small group of people over on my site, I thought I’d bring these tips to the dPS community as a whole.