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It’s All About Tension

This simple photograph from Barbara Fischer’s Flickr stream is a study in tension. How many different ways can you see opposites, balance and depth in this single photograph? Think about lines, color and texture and talk about the choices Fischer made. Do you think this photograph was accidental or composed? Could you compose a photograph with similar contrasts?

Beauty

From Lapidim’s Flickrstream… some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. Sometimes the photograph shows a reality that is made from light, line and texture. Other times the beauty is there and the photograph simply testifies to a moment in time when it existed. I had to post one more…

Look for color

Great photos are all about light, shape, form, contrast and… color. Color is powerful. It can create mood, passion and tell a story. This example from Naveen Jamal’s Flickr Stream is a good example. If you’re trying to get a blue sky, don’t be afraid to underexpose some to avoid losing the rich colors. That’s what I did in this…
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Self Portrait – Mirror art

We’ve all done this. Taking your own self portrait using a mirror is easy and fun. Experiment with different aperture settings and focus points to make sure you are focusing on the subject, you! Don’t overlook mirrors and reflections in places other than your bathroom. There are several Flickr group photo pools dedicated to this type of photography. Have some…
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Vanishing point

I love the simpleness of this photo and yet, because it makes strong use of texture and composition, it is so powerful. The use of vanishing point and depth make the photo. Many of the vanishing point photos on Flickr use wide angle lenses but not all. Enjoy some of these shots and then try your own! The photos above…
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Profile in light

Look at this amazing photograph. How many light sources were used? What did the photographer use to get the soft fill lighting and the front profile highlighting? Can you reproduce this effect? What about the symmetry and composition of this image makes it appealing? Take a look at other face profile tagged photos on Flickr for inspiration and then try…
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Art room macro shoot

Head for the art room and use your camera’s macro setting. Look for the icon on your camera that looks like a tulip. It will be important to use a tripod or some other steady camera mount. If you don’t have anything else, use a beanbag or even your tennis shoe. That’s right, take off your shoe and use it…
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Go deep by adding foreground to your photos

Using foreground to draw the viewer’s eys to your subject can add depth to a photo. Sometimes this can be done with leading lines as in the photo below. It’s also done with focus. Our eye is drawn to the sharp part of the photograph as it’s framed by the out-of-focus area. Sometimes we may want to surprise the viewer…
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