Photography 101: The Rules and Elements of Composition

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Recently, photographer Wenjie Zhang introduced us to the fundamentals of light. Let’s continue our journey through the Photography 101 series and move on to composition. For the next few installments, photographer (and active Daily Post participant) Jeff Sinon takes the reins. Here in part one, he introduces some of the “rules” and elements of composition, and in part two, he’ll offer insights and tips on how to find the best shot.

Jeff illustrates his points with stunning landscapes and nature scenes he’s captured, taken mainly with his Canon 7D, but you can apply his techniques to your own images, no matter your camera or subject matter. Let’s go!

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Rescuing a Photo with Lightroom

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Guest Post by Gerard Murphy – Follow Gerard on Twitter

In this guest tutorial, take a look at how a photo can be saved using some of the recovery tools in Photoshop Lightroom.  In this real world workflow Gerard shows many techniques to organize and improve photos.  Watch as he compares multiple images using a Survey View.  He also selectively improves the image using new tools in Lightroom 5 to make spot adjustments within his image. Be sure to check out the tutorial for some easy to use techniques for your images.

Disclaimer: This tutorial  shows a few ways to improve an image.  Combine with your own skills to get great results.


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Firework Photography Tips

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Article by Scott Bourne and Richard Harrington

Today is the Fourth of July.  A day that traditionally means fireworks in the United States.  While you may or may not celebrate this holiday, summer is a season filled with fireworks.  Sporting events, amusement parks, and national holidays… it’s not a party until something explodes in the air.

We’ve updated our post on shooting fireworks.  These are just basic tips – this is not intended as an all-inclusive article, but rather a starting point. We hope you find something useful here.

1. Scout out and stake out your favorite spot early. Finding the right vantage point is crucial to good fireworks photography. Make sure you have an unobstructed view of the sky. Make sure you have legal permission to be at the place you select for a vantage point. Also consider safety first. Make sure you’re not in an area where the fireworks…

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3 Tips to make your image more commercially viable !

At India, we are constantly asking ourselves. ” What would this picture be used for? and again, more importantly,Will this image make money? The answer lies in the conceptual value of the image and its ability to be used by different clients multiple times for multiple purpose. An image of a dockyard even if it has property release may have limited use.


However, an image of adventure sport ( rock climbing/ para sailing/ bungee jumping .. ) could be used many more times. Reasons ? More conceptual depicting growth, courage, future, direction, independence, fitness, Getting the wiff ? 2Stockimagebank.com1

Some tips to maximise your shots !

Tip No. 1.
75% of the images selected by our clients are SMILING.
 There is always a place for serious expressions, but those that have concern or gestures that communicate seriousness.

Tip No. 2                  …

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Seven Things Photographers Do To Ruin Their Photographs

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You’d think that some people WANT a bad photo. While there are no real rules in photography – that pertains to what you SHOULD do. When it comes to what you SHOULD NOT do, well pretty much everyone (except the most pedantic of the pedants) agrees that there are several things you should NOT do. So if you find yourself doing four or more of the things on this list and you’re not happy with your photos, at least you now know why.

1. They worry more about low-light camera performance than they do finding a compelling subject with a nice background – or finding something to photograph that they are passionate about. To all you who are of the religion of low-light I got news for you. You’re traveling in the wrong direction. As photographers we WANT light. We look for it, chase it, pray for it, beg for…

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Be Careful Out There – Safety & Security While Photographing

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In the USA we tend to take our safety and security for granted. But it’s becoming more apparent that’s no guarantee that we actually are safe. A video producer in Oakland, CA was beaten and robbed of his camera recently – and that’s just one example of what can happen, even if you’re in broad daylight and a public place.

When I was younger and traveling with a camera I was robbed in a Montreal bus station bathroom. I had my gear on my back in a back pack and someone hit me over the head while I was doing my business at the urinal. I work up with a sore head and no gear.

On Mt. Rainier, I was accosted by some VERY drunk kids in a 1969 Camaro who took a shot at me with a pistol and tried to run me over while I was shooting from…

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The Auto and the Perspective method offer dramatically different Photomerge results. We stick with Auto for the first attempt.

The Photomerge command offers six different layout options when creating a panoramic photo. Each method interprets the panoramic photos differently.  We often try to run multiple methods to see which produces the best results. A good place to start is Auto, which attempts to align the images but will bend them as needed.

  • Auto: With this method, Photoshop first analyzes your source images.  It then applies either the Perspective, Cylindrical, and Spherical layout option.  Photoshop attempts to choose which method to use that will produce a better Photomerge.
  • Perspective: This method creates a composition by designating one of the source images as the center of the panoramic image.  Photoshop generally picks the middle image, then transforms the other images around it.  Photoshop will stretch and skew images as needed to…

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2013 Alaska Bald Eagle Workshop

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Next year will be full of “lasts” for me. I’ll be teaching and co-leading an Alaska Bald Eagle field workshop with my pal Robert O’Toole. The dates are Mar 20th – Mar 24, 2013, and  Mar 27th – Mar 31st, 2013,

This will be my last field workshop before I retire next November. If you’re one of those people who’ve contacted me and said, “I’d sure like to go up to shoot eagles with you Scott,” then this is your last chance.

Robert and I will take you to all our secret places. Not only will we guarantee you eagles, we’ll guarantee you eagles that are close enough to shoot with a 70-200mm lens!

Throw in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, Photoshop instruction, critiques, great food and friendship and it will be the trip of a lifetime.

The cost is $3800. Plus airfare to and from…

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