Here is the thing… we can now take so many images, it is impossible to have enough wall space to mount them all, or photo albums to store them all.
Many digital images now end up on Facebook, or on professional and ametuer photo hosting sites…
My portfolio for instance is housed on a professional service and can be viewed by clicking here.
There is much of my portfolio hidden in private galleries. These personal and professional hosting sites can also act as a backup for ones images. The engine for this site is currently driven by SmugMug.
Full hard drives full of images are only so much fun.
In my case, I have countless photos sitting in folders somewhere in the depths of my hard drives…
Digital photography is great. Let’s neither be too crazy and print everything, nor too lazy to follow through with printing any of our images.
Let’s put some images on the web, and save the very best and those dearest to us to create large wall sized prints on Giclee Canvas or smaller album sized prints and fun desk sized prints.
Woodward shares photo compositional theories using photo examples inlcuding: Variations of “Rule of Thirds,” Frames within Frames, Pose Directions, Diagonals, Swishes, S Curves, Vanishing Points, etc. Sound volume is a bit low, otherwise phenomenal Video Demo on these topics.
“Rule of Thirds” no audio in this video. Kind of like a PowerPoint style. The notations help understand more clearly photographic compositions merging the use of rule of thirds, negative space and direction of pose. Short video.
What are some real life practical examples of how lens aperture affects Depth of Field (DOF) and various forms of apparent sharpness?
Changing apertures, sensors sizes or lens focal lengths have real world implications for several forms of distortion effects related to perceived visual sharpness.
For many years of shooting, I had just stopped down to increase DOF or opened up to increase Bokeh while throwing my backgrounds out of focus. These, it turns out, are not without significant repercussions.
More light may be captured in cameras as a function of primarily four things: larger apertures, more sensitive recording medias, slower shutter speeds and more available lights.
It was surprisingly elucidating to observe Phoenix, Arizona area wedding photographer Kenneth Robert’s methods for capturing and maintaining ambiance and moods inherent with existing light night and indoor settings.
A great deal of what I have learned about glamour photography has been from the words, photographs and observation of other photographers. As so much may be learned while quietly watching someone else work, I was fortunate, this past weekend, to have the honor and privilege of observing fellow Phoenix photographer John Foley as he was shooting one of his amazing editorial projects.
It quickly became evident well ahead of the evening’s planned shoot, that John’s vision, attention to details and preparations were quite exact as to where, how, with what props, and what final pictures were intended to be captured.
John is fond of using and used for this night shoot a series of incandescent hot lights. Each light is kept on an individual dimmer in order to adjust and control the quality of his lighting precisely. These lights are often used at far less than full power and have various metal reflector dishes, from about 6 inch cones to something like a 10 inch curved dish.
The location was outdoors. We were in and around an old run down wooden building full of character. It had holes in both roof and sidings through which holes John shined some of his lights to achieve just the right textured results he had in mind. Continue reading John Foley Editorial Photography Shoot