Posts Tagged ‘ composition ’

Photo Tip: 5 Elements to Consider in Composition

June 18, 2010
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Photo Tip: 5 Elements to Consider in Composition

Many see a photo they like but cannot tell you why they like it.  Often the key is the use of one of the following elements within the image. Are they the only elements of composition?  No, but this group are some of the most common and easy ones to incorporate.  If you know...

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Photo Tip: Choosing the right images from your shoot

May 24, 2010
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Photo Tip: Choosing the right images from your shoot

I’ve often been asked “with thousands of images from a safari trip, how do you pick which one’s to print?”.  There are a few ways one can answer this,  There are obvious shoots during the trip where the action, lighting, etc. make the choice obvious versus a slow game drive.  Answering this way may...

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Photo Tip: Creating space when post processing

March 30, 2010
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Photo Tip: Creating space when post processing

When shooting wildlife, many of us use the center focus point to make sure we get the very sharpest and in focus image we can.  In case you don’t know, for many camera’s that center focus point is a ‘cross type’ focusing point whereas many of the other focus options on the camera focus...

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Photo Tip: Composition is Vital in Creating that Great Safari Photograph

March 12, 2010
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I look at a lot of photography.  A lot of it is really bad.  Why do I say it’s bad?  Well usually the ‘small things’ … but important things: Subject too centered in frame Distracting elements in the background directly behind the primary subject Horizon too centered Exposure issues The proposed exercise in this...

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Photo Tip: What is your message?

March 4, 2010
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Photo Tip:  What is your message?

I look at a lot of photos.  I look at a lot of great photos and also a lot of ‘so so’ images.  Since I have more experience than many of my photo friends, I am often asked what I think of a specific image. Good photo or bad one, there is always room...

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Photo tip: Digestion is easiest when things are in proper proportions!

September 12, 2009
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Photo tip: Digestion is easiest when things are in proper proportions!

The title has double meaning.  The photo above is the “as shot” image. This little Pied Kingfisher may have a meal that is too big for him to swallow.  It is a nice “behavior shot” of these birds as this is a typical catch.  The sun is at a nice angle as there is...

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Photo Tip – A Big Mistake is Chopping Off Animals Above the Feet

September 10, 2009
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Photo Tip – A Big Mistake is Chopping Off Animals Above the Feet

During my July trip to Chobe, the park was full of giraffes.  Further, like the elephants, they would come down to the Chobe River at sunset to drink.  After viewing them do this for a few days, I decided I wanted to shoot this event with a large lens so that the compression would...

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Photo Tip: You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear

September 7, 2009
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Photo Tip: You can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear

You may not have heard this phrase before.  It may be a little too southern US and country, but this colloquial phrase is right on the money.  What it means is that if you start with inferior raw materials (the ear of a butchered pig), you can’t expect to produce a high quality end...

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Photo tip: Stand on the shoulders of giants

September 6, 2009
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Photo tip:  Stand on the shoulders of giants

I get a lot of compliments from folks looking at my photos.  Many think I have a natural eye.  Maybe, and thank you; however, I know my skills come from three distinct efforts: Training:  I learned the basics on composition during an elective photography course at college back in 1975.  Those rules of thumb...

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Canon announces 7D: possibly the best camera for safari for the avid photographer

September 1, 2009
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Nikon shooters will debate this, but for non-pro Canon shooters, this is big news.  I have loved my 1.6x crop 50D, but on safari, it’s 9 focus points with only one being cross type have left me “out of focus” on some critical shots when panning or at low light.  Further, I have always...

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