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Feature Friday // Jeff Newsom: Voltron of Awesomeness

First of all, if you are saying you are a voltron of awesomeness, you are either doing something right or wrong and you want people to think you are doing something right.

This photographer does a great job with framing, filling the frame, and light. What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Think it’s awesome?


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Feature Friday // Erik Johansson: Impossible Photography

Erik Johannson offers some great tips on composition and he has some really interesting editing ideas! Check it out!

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Travel Photography Editing Tips

Elderly monk spins prayer wheel in Qinghai, China.

Photo credit (c) Rowan Gillson

Steve Davey has posted an excellent article at dpreview.com on the subject of editing on the road. His article is well written, and expresses some valuable keys as to the How and the Why of editing as you travel.

I disagree with Steve on the issue of deleting images… I have no idea what the future may hold or what I may want to do with my images in the future, but I do know that a deleted image is useless. Go ahead, delete the ones that are super out of focus or so overexposed that you can’t tell what is going on. Keep the ones that are good, even if there’s one in the series that is a bit better. You just never know when a different expression, composition or even sharing 6 images of the same thing in a slightly different version is going to be just what you need.


So, check out the article http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4740687440/editing-on-the-road and let me know what you think!


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Learn Photography // Composition Nudges


I was flipping through my photos from the IPS trip to London and Paris earlier this year and noticed this pair:


Composition Techniques         Composition Techniques

While they are nearly identical, the one on the right is a cleaner and stronger image. The difference while shooting was almost nothing… a very slight change in angle, that yields a superior result.

Great composition is all about the little details. No major elements changed between these two images, just a subtle shift of angle. As a photographer, you have to pay attention to details and angles as you look through your lens. Usually distractions like this are really easy to fix, if you’re paying attention.

Now, look back at the image on the left. It’s not a bad picture, and I dare say, some of my readers my like it better. Note the position of the very tip of the dome… I positioned it very precisely in a opening in the wrought iron ornamentation. If that tip disappears behind the bars, the dome rises to a hidden peak, leaving the viewer unsatisfied. Once again, very subtle changes in angle and view point make all the difference in the world.

Leave me a comment and let me know which image you like best and why!



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Lens Fogging makes it Better

Lens Fogging makes it Better

Usually lens fogging is a bad thing in photography, but on a very grey shoot in London last month, it made my day!

A group of IPS students and I were on a photo shoot near Tower Bridge in downtown London. We were excited to get to put away our umbrellas for a bit in between rain bursts, but there was no chance of sun, blue sky, or one of those iconic post card shots. My best shots looked something like this:

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Then, I realized that all I needed for a good old iconic Dickens’ version of London was a bit of fog. I turned my camera around and blew a blast of warm, moist air onto the front of my lens, giving it a fantastic covering of fog. My next photo looked like this:

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This isn’t a technique that you’re going to use every day, but it’s a pretty handy trick to have on a rainy day.



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