Composition - The Heart of the Photo
Composition is the heart of the photo. Composition leads to the work of art that begins from inspiration. Inspiration begins when you disconnect with the internal battles of everyday life and free the spirit to experience the world around you. Experiencing nature and truly being in the moment links you with all around you.
It might seem like meditation, but knowledge of your surroundings without hindrance of ideas that are external clears the mind and sharpening your senses. Pictures seem where you didn't see them. The components begin to align and art emerges.
Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera18 55mm and 55 200mm ML L3 Remote and Case Logic Bag
Time Remaining: 29d 23h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99
Nikon D5100 162 MP Digital SLR Camera Black Body Only
Time Remaining: 9d 15h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $199.99
Nikon D5100 w 18 55 Lens in Mint Condition
Time Remaining: 20h 33m
Nikon D D5100 162MP Digital SLR Camera Black Nikon 35mm 18 Nikon DX 18 105
Time Remaining: 13h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $625.00
Nikon D5100 162MP Digital SLR Camera 35mm 18 55mm 55 200mm LENS BUNDLE GREAT
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $489.99
NIKON D5100 162mp BLACK DIGITAL SLR CAMERA W NIKKOR 18 55mm LENS ELM
Time Remaining: 17d 10h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $265.00
Nikon D5100 162MP SLR Camera 18 55mm f 35 56 AF S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens
Time Remaining: 9d 16h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $329.95
Nikon D5100 162MP Digital SLR Camera w 55 200mm VR Lens Excellent Condition
Time Remaining: 7d 19h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $290.00
Joseph Cornell in his book 'Listening to Nature How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature' had this exercise. Walk into an area that you would like to photograph. Rather than setting the camera up and shooting. Sit down. Wait. Relax. Be still and sense the moment. Very gently become conscious of nature. The Native Americans called this 'quiet hunting'. You personally will be spoken to by nature, but you have to be quiet. Nature talks softly. Nature will show herself to you, if you're patient. And unbelievable pictures will appear.
There are numerous times that I've entered the woods with camera in hand and not found anything that I needed to photograph. It could be that I was not prepared or nature did not wish to reveal herself. That day, maybe she did not feel photogenic. Scenes appear as if by magic, other days. If you can't find anything to shoot on any given day, so do not be disappointed. Use that time to scout the area for future chances and revel in the truth that you've got an opportunity to be outdoors.
If you're looking to have a Canon or Nikon Camera in Kenton, Oklahoma you should not forget to look at eBay for nice alternatives and hard to beat pricing
Canon EOS 350D Black Euro Rebel XT Digital SLR Camera Body
Time Remaining: 20d 10h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $99.00
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT EOS 350D 80MP Camera BUNDLE LENS FILTERS
$109.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 16h 23m
Canon EOS Rebel XT 350D 80MP Digital SLR Camera w Canon 18 55mm Lens
Time Remaining: 27d 18h
Buy It Now for only: $139.00
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT EOS 350D 80MP DSLR Camera w EF S 18 55mm II Lens
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $149.99
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT EOS 350D 80MP SLR Camera BUNDLE BAG
Time Remaining: 27d 11h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $112.49
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT EOS 350D 80MP Digital SLR Camera Black Kit
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $169.00
Canon EOS Rebel XT 8MP DSLR Digital Camera body only w Accessories
Time Remaining: 26d 21h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $82.22
CANON EOS REBEL XT 350D APS C 8MP DIGITAL SLR CAMERA w DELKIN POP UP SHADE
$77.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 23h 33m
Choose this as the opportunity to plan for future shots. At these times think, what if the light was coming from an alternate direction. A better image may be produced by coming back in the early morning or late day. The landscape changes. Maybe shooting together with the foliage in brilliant colours, in the autumn, or winter with a fresh layer of snow would create the photo that you want.
Do not hurry yourself when seeking that image. Time with nature is a delight all by its own self. If you don't find anything to shoot, the sheer pleasure of being one with the outside is worth the encounter.
For today's photo trick, lets talk a little about landscape photography hints and techniques. This will definitely be a review of things we've discussed before, but a lot people have not actually attempted using them. Set as a target for this particular weekend to get out there and use these landscape photography hints and techniques to create something you can take pride in!
Light - with a portrait, we have total control. We can adjust the light levels, we can place our light where we need, we can set modifiers in front of it - like umbrellas, scrims, diffusion substance, gobos and so on... We can do pretty much anything we desire to get the image our mind has conjured up!
With cityscape and landscape photography, we are pretty much stuck with what nature provides us. There is not much we can do.
Or is there? With some preplanning, we can almost guarantee a gorgeous shot!
In an outside, landscape setting, there isn't much we can do to modify or correct the light, but we can become hyper aware of what light does at various times of day - and in various weather conditions.
First and foremost to achieve success as a landscape or cityscape photographer - you have to really have a desire to lose sleep.
What am I talking about? Glad you asked! There is really only two times of day to shoot, if you intend to start getting those dramatic landscape pictures with all the beautiful colours - at dusk and at dawn.
Nikon D600 dSLR Body 5198 shutter actuations
Time Remaining: 16h 51m
Nikon D600 243 MP DSLR Camera Body Only 2792 SHUTTER CT Mint Condition
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $799.00
Nikon D D600 243 MP Digital SLR Camera + Battery Grip Great Camera
Time Remaining: 11d 22h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $829.00
Nikon D D600 243 MP Digital SLR Camera and ACCESSORIES Black Body Only
Time Remaining: 24d 13h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $775.00
Nikon D600 243MP DIGITAL SLR FX FULL FRAME CAMERA BODY MINT BUNDLE NICE
Time Remaining: 29d 23h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $900.00
Nikon D600 243 MP Digital SLR Camera w Battery Grip MB D14 USA Model
Time Remaining: 22d 22h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $825.00
Nikon D600 243 MP DSLR Camera Body MB D14 Grip 25258
Time Remaining: 13d 15h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $911.05
Time Remaining: 9h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $680.00
However, for a photographer, morning and dusk are a bit more expanded than it may seem. About twenty minutes before the sun first peeks over the horizon in the morning there's a 'bogus' dawn. This time of day will give you those intense cobalt blue colours you see in contest winners, but have not been able to find in nature!
As the sun gets nearer and closer to the horizon, the colors will start to get pinker. The colours you see at dawn AREN'T the same as the colors you see at sundown. (They're more red and orange.)
So, pull yourself out of bed a couple hours before dawn so that you will have sufficient time to grab a cup of coffee (so you're awake enough to focus) and make your way to your predetermined place, get set up and start shooting during the false dawn.
See what I mean about wanting an urge to reduce sleep? Hereis the great thing, most of your buddies as well as camera club contest will be snoring away while you 'get the shot!'
Incidentally, there's a sunset that is fictitious about 20 minutes following the sun goes down. You're not spending that time watching TV are you?
Along with the excellent colors, you also get great light angles!
Think about the last photo you saw of a body builder... Where was the light? I'd venture to guess that it was to the side. Actually about 90 degrees to the camera - model axis.
This glancing side light causes heavy shadowing around the muscles making them appear more defined and actually larger. The light causes some specular highlights too - which makes the difference between highlight and shadow even more striking.
Now think of your cityscape or your landscape as a muscle bound version. The shadows due to the glancing sunlight will help accentuate and define the forms.
Next look for an intriguing scene! Use foreground elements to attract the eye into the photo. Make use of the rule of thirds, leading lines, diagonals and other compositional methods to attract the viewer's eye to the 'star' of your photo. (Be sure you have a well defined 'star!')
Canon EOS Rebel T5i 700D Digital SLR Camera Body 180 MP Brand New
Time Remaining: 19d 16h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $439.95
Genuine Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Body Only 4th Of July Sale
Time Remaining: 3d 12h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $449.99
Canon EOS 700D T5I Rebel 180 MP DSLR Camera Body July 4th Sale
Time Remaining: 17d 13h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $419.99
BRAND NEW Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera with 18 55mm EF S IS STM Lens
Time Remaining: 17d 11h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $464.98
Canon EOS Rebel T5i SLR Camera + 18 55mm STM Lens + 30 Piece Accessory Bundle
Time Remaining: 25d 20h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $579.95
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera 700D + 18 55mm IS STM Ultimate Saving Bundle
Time Remaining: 25d 14h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $571.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Body Only STARTER BUNDLE BRAND NEW
Time Remaining: 11d 18h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $469.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera with 18 55mm EF S IS STM Lens
Time Remaining: 13d 17h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $519.95
Ultimately, throw in several clouds to reflect the sun's colours and add some visual interest to the sky and you'll be well on your own way to winning photo competitions!
Do all of this at daybreak - then do a picture of the same scene at midday. Ultimately, do it again at sunset and compare all your results. I believe you will rapidly start to recognize just how significant rules, techniques and all the photo tips we have been discussing actually are!
Take note of these landscape photography hints and techniques, and make it a goal to USE THEM this weekend! Check back tomorrow for more...