6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know

6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know A Post By: Darlene Hildebrandt In classical portraiture there are several things you need to control and think about to make a flattering portrait of your subjects, including: lighting ratio, lighting pattern, facial view, and angle of view. I suggest you get to know these basics inside out, and as with most things, then you can break the … Continue reading 6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know

Food photography – Tips for beginners

Originally posted on Cooking Without Limits:
I often get asked photography questions: what camera I use, how to take good photos without a professional camera, etc. Everything  in this post comes after a few years of taking photos and making lots of mistakes, but learning from most all of them (Sometimes you repeat the same mistake). Lighting – For a good photography you will need… Continue reading Food photography – Tips for beginners

Elements of Visual Design – Texture

In our series of visual design, we have gone over many different things.  We continue this discussion using texture as our element.  Texture can be as big a compositional tool as the Golden Rule or Rule of Thirds.  It provides a way for your viewer to connect with your image.  Almost like they can feel the texture in your image. Philip Schwartz did an amazing … Continue reading Elements of Visual Design – Texture

What Aperture Settings Should I Use?

In a previous post, we discussed what each of the different focal lengths were usually used for and it gave a good perspective on what setting to use when you are just starting out. Today, we look at aperture settings.  Although aperture has a great deal to do with creative photography, there are certain things that each of the different apertures are used for.  From … Continue reading What Aperture Settings Should I Use?

The Best Natural Light

If you’ve ever taken pictures during the day, you would know that the high overhead sunlight is probably the worst light ever for photography. It creates harsh lights, dark shadows and blown out highlights which causes you to lose detail in those shadows and highlights. It even can make your pictures seem dull and uninteresting. So how do you make it better? For decades, photographers … Continue reading The Best Natural Light

Easily Finding Complimentary Colors

In previous posts, we discussed color theory and how it relates to your progression in photography.  Complimentary colors is one way of seeing light and to check out a color wheel frequently is just not feasible all the time.  A quick way to remember the complimentary colors of our primary colors is as easy as combining the other two primary colors to the one you … Continue reading Easily Finding Complimentary Colors

Resolution and Pixels

One thing that can confuse a new photographer is what resolution you should make your image for the web vs. print.  For one thing, the larger the image, the more mbs it will be taking up.  For the web, you generally would not want to take up much disc space so when choosing a resolution for your image in Photoshop or Lightroom, you can keep your … Continue reading Resolution and Pixels