Chris Knight gets deep into composition looking at center composition, rule of thirds, golden triangles and golden spirals.
Composition – it’s perhaps one of the most important elements of photography. And with today’s technological marvels in lenses, it’s an even easier thing to forget – especially when bokehliciousis is so much more fun to talk about. Your composition is how you see – and that makes it infinitely more important than how out of focus the background is.
Obsession with bokeh is bad for your photography. There, I said it, and I know it’s not a popular opinion when there are a lot of people out there that drool over this very thing. Bokeh not only lets you obsess about something pretty insignificant, but it oftentimes makes for lazy composition. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, William Eggleston, Alfred Eisenstaedt. These were not photographers obsessed with the shallowest depths of fields – these were iconic photographers capable of producing iconic photographs built on the foundations of masterful compositions and superb timing. Forget f/1.2. Think about what’s around you, and use that to build a better photograph.
Keep in mind that these compositional “rules” are really just “guides” and don’t need to be followed to exacting precision (or sometimes even at all). Not every rule of composition can work well with every scene. Overall, composition helps to bring balance. And remember, as Tony Roslund says, the most important thing is talent. “All the other stuff is great, but it won’t help an otherwise shitty image.”
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Laya Gerlock shares a few different setups to capturing gorgeous product photos using no more than 2 lights.
Still one of the best things for a clean product shot is simlpy shooting it on a white background. If don’t have a lightbox or light tent you can always create one. This is my third lightbox to date, it’s made out of a packaging box and and some tracing paper.
Place both lights on the right and left of the lightbox and point them just a little bit towards the back. To add a little extra effect on my lightbox, I got the glass from a picture frame and placed it at the base of the lightbox, this adds a reflection of the subject.
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Knowing when to switch to spot metering can give you a big advantage when shooting in difficult lighting conditions. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to spot meter in these situations to achieve the most precise exposures possible.
Much of the time your digital camera’s auto-exposure system will do a perfectly good job. Your Evaluative metering mode breaks the scene down into different zones, analyses the light in each and tries to make a prediction about the subject and the lighting conditions.
However, it can get it wrong. This can happen where the camera doesn’t quite interpret the scene correctly or you’re photographing an intrinsically dark or light-toned subject. You can fix this by applying a little EV (exposure) compensation and retaking the shot.
Here’s the perfect example. We’re shooting a portrait in a dark tunnel with a bright background, and we’re going for two completely different effects: a light and airy high-key portrait where the background is blown out, and a dark and moody low-key shot where we only see our subject as a profile in silhouette.
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Here are eight quick tips from Kurt Vonnegut to better writing.
Kurt Vonnegut’s stories and prose are so memorably witty. If you haven’t read such classics as Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five, you have pleasant surprises awaiting you! And his advice on writing is just as memorable as his stories. Here are Vonnegut’s 8 basics of “Creative Writing 101:”
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
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Arthur Vincie explains why long-term success depends on delivering a steady stream of work, not on writing one script.
I’ve been there. You pour your heart and soul into a script, and it just doesn’t go anywhere. You’re trying to raise money and no one wants to chip in for it. You’re trying to sell it and no one seems serious. You get nibbles from distributors, from people ‘with access to money’ who waste your time, with C-level actors who think they’re still A-level… and meanwhile, your career flounders and you alienate all your friends and connections. Mostly, you latch onto that one ‘passion project’ you heard about that took X years to get made, and you make that into your beacon of hope.
The fairytale that we hold onto most dearly is the Rocky story. Stallone held onto his script, ate ramen noodles, refused easy selling options, and finally made the movie that he wanted to, on (mostly) his terms. It made him a star. I did it. I was going to be the next Tarantino with my sci-fi script, Chaos and Desire. Never heard of it? I’m not surprised, because it didn’t get made.
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