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Photography Guide : Master Composition

This is Master Composition Photography Guide from Digital Camera Magazines that I’ve read. I’ll share some contents like my previous post. Enjoy!

MASTER COMPOSITION TOP TIPS:

1. Background, Background, Background, Background
When framing a shot, pay as much attention to the background as you do your subject. Complimentary background can enhance a mundane subject –  a poor choice of background will make a great subject fall flat.

2. Keep It Simple
The strongest compositions are ones that get their message across quickly. Look for the building blocks of a great photograph in lines and shapes.

3. Personalise It
Ask yourself what you’re drawn to in a scene – the height of a building, the patterns in a field, the shape of a flower – and bring that element out.

4. Watch The Cropping
When you’re framing people, avoid chopping them off at the knees or ankles.

5. Think About Numbers
Odd numbers of things tend to be visually more exciting than even amounts. Triangles are more dynamic than squares or rectangles, which echo the  boundaries of the frame. Three’s the magic number.

6. Raise Your Aspirations
Tell yourself that you’re going to take the best photograph you’ve ever taken when you get up in the morning. This can lead to disappointment in the  short term – in the long term, you’ll definitely raise your game.

7. Study The Masters
We’ve given you a taster of three masters of their craft in this book – take time to search out the cream of contemporary and classic photography  (keep an eye on Digital Camera Magazine book reviews) and work out what is about their composition that makes all the elements click into place.

8. Avoid Cliches
Don’t be happy with simply imitating other photos you’ve seen. Think about using different lenses, treatments and viewpoints. Don’t be afraid to  lie down in the mud or sand. Be determined to create something more artistic than you were producing a year ago.

9. Shoot Plenty Of Frames
Really work a subject – you’re first shot is rarely your best one and you’re not wasting film anymore. Work through early framing options to chisel  your vision and weed out the duff ideas.

10. Always Carry A Camera With You
The more you shoot – family, friends, daily life – the more you’ll begin to refine your eye for composition. Then, when a once-in-a-lifetime situation  presents itself, framing it quickly will be second nature.

 

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Photography Guide : Master Colour

This is Master Colour Photography Guide from Digital Camera Magazines that I’ve read. I’ll share some contents like my previous post. Enjoy!

MASTER COLOUR TOP TIPS :

 
 
 
1. Know Your Presets
Don’t leave the choice of white balance down to the camera – get into the habit of doing it yourself.

2. Get Creative
Boost sunsets by choosing a ‘Cloudy’ WB setting. Cool a daylight shot with a ‘Tungsten’ one.

3. Consider The Contrast
Create bold images by only including two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel.

4. Think About The Size
Two complementary colours of equal size in the frame can lead to disappointing images.

5. Saturate In-Camera
If you shoot JPEG, increase the colour saturation in-camera rather than in an image-editor.

6. Shoot Raw
If your camera allows it and you’ve got time to edit your images, it’ll lead to less image degradation.

7. Buy A Polariser
Reducing glare and increasing saturation as a result.

8. Keep Warm
Don’t sell your warm-up filters – they can produce a more natural result than a Photoshop treatment.

9. Quieten Down
To create a restful mood, fill your frame with colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel.

10. Go Mono Later
Always shoot in colour – you can always convert an image to black and white on your computer.
 
 
 
 
 

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Photography Guide : Master Light

This is Master Light Photography Guide from Digital Camera Magazines that I’ve read. I’ll share some contents like my previous post. Enjoy!

MASTER LIGHT TOP TIPS :


1. Rise Early, Stay Late
The golden hours around dawn and dusk are when the light tends to be the most exciting.

2. Use Reflectors
You’ll get more natural results if you use a reflector to fill-in the detail, rather than reaching for a flashgun.

3. Keep Silhouettes Simple
Make sure you retain the distinctive shape of a subject – don’t let it bleed into other silhouettes.

4. Add Flash Subtly
Avoid the ‘overflashed’ look – reduce your flash output when shooting in daylight.

5. Avoid Flare
Shield the front element of your lens with your hand when shooting into the sun.

6. Bring Out Colours
Shoot saturated colours such as autumn foliage on an overcast or cloudy-bright day.

7. Watch Your Meter
Your camera can be fooled by unusual lighting conditions. Spot meter for total control.

8. Add Light In Fog
When you shooting mist or fog, increase your exposure by 1 EV to bring back the brightness.

9. Go Slow
When you shooting in low light, combine a slow shutter speed with a burst of flash for interesting results.

10. Be Persistent
Inspiring views deserve inspiring light – don’t be satisfied until you get it.

 
 
 

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