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Discover Photography – the art of the image

Over 100 years ago, a photo was a seriously expensive commodity and something that only the more wealthy amongst us could afford. Mostly, it was portrait images were taken as a keepsake and even today they provide a wonderful insight to what life was like back then. Nowadays, however, cameras are everywhere. DSLRs, compact cameras, cameras on your laptop, spy cams, drones,  and even on your phone. Would you now even consider buying a phone without a camera? They are an inexpensive and a brilliant way of capturing and sharing those special moments in the life of you, your family, your pets and your friends. However, just as it is great that almost everyone has a camera of some description, most know nothing more than to point and shoot. Because of this, there are so many wasted opportunities that with a little bit of knowledge could be captured and shared with the world on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. In this article, you will learn more about the methods of not just taking photos, but how to capture the moment—forever.

Who doesn’t take photos on vacation? Everyone does. That is part of it. Traveling and recording what you see and do as a keepsake or just to keep your friends up to date with what you are doing by sharing your photos instantly. A selfie of a famous landmark, mouthwatering exotic food or a picturesque scene—you have been there, done it and now got the T-shirt (or photo in this case).  Not only does it provide wonderful memories, it gives others the chance to see where you are and decide whether or not they want to go. Doing this, also helps the place to be recognized or promoted by other people. However, when taking photographs, don’t simply use flash and point and shoot. Consider the location, the lighting and your position. Standing slightly to one side rather than being slap bang in the middle makes a difference. Also, remember the subject. What are your trying to ‘say’ in your photo? If you are taking a photo of Big Ben, then make Big Ben the focal point—not you! Be in the photo, sure, but be to one side and let Big Ben steal the show. Also try to be creative with your photos and in this digital age, you can take as many as you wish until you get something you are proud of.

Another type of photography is activity or events photography. This involves taking pictures of a special occasion such as a wedding or maybe as children are growing up—any opportunity to get that lens out. However, trying to capture activity or events action shots is challenging to some photographers to take photos in this way. Again, remember the lighting, the subject and your positioning. If it is a child you are photographing, get low down to their eye level. Don’t stand above them. Also, use natural soft lighting (place a sheet over a lamp to make it softer). Just by doing these alone will dramatically improve the shot. If it is a wedding, try a more candid approach. Who cares about those boring staged shots? Instead, try to capture natural images. Maybe the bride is sharing a funny moment with the best man or a child is pulling at the bride’s dress. These are what weddings are really about… so, be creating in what you see. Look for things others don’t.



It’s not just in the actual photo, either. Post-production is a massive part of photography. Using awesome software like Photoshop can transform your image from something run-of-the-mill to an awe-inspiring and eye-catching image. Try cropping the image, sharpen it, or even use different filters like monochrome photography or black and white pictures. The black and white components give the full image more depth and contrast. If you know how to do black an white properly you can create breathtaking images. By having stark contrast on the images, it will give solidity to the image. Learn more here http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/passport-photo-project-refugees-newcomers-1.3976664

Above all, remember that a good tradesman should never blame his tools. In other words, don’t blame your camera if your shots come out boring. Instead, take the time to test the limits of your camera and see what you can achieve. Play with it while sitting at home. Try out different things with different settings and see what results you can get and also do a little more research on this site. You will be surprised at just what even the most basic of cameras can achieve. Remember, it isn’t the camera that takes the photo. The art of the image is in the eye of the beholder. Happy shooting!


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