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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