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

Triangle Simplified – Aperture

The third part of the exposure triangle is the part that lends itself most to creativity in photography and that is aperture. Aperture and shutter speed are the two settings that control the amount of light that reaches your sensor. We explored shutter speed in our last article so now we will explore aperture. This setting tells the camera how large or small you want … Continue reading Triangle Simplified – Aperture

Triangle Simplified – Shutter Speed

Now that we have touched on ISO, lets take a look at shutter speed on your dslr.  Shutter speed controls how long the shutter is open which allows light to hit your camera’s sensor. In an image where it is bright and sunny, you want the shutter speed to be quick so it doesn’t overexpose the shot, like 1/250 sec. But if you have a … Continue reading Triangle Simplified – Shutter Speed

Triangle Simplified – ISO

In digital photography, there are many settings that should be adjusted before each shot so that the best possible quality can be obtained.  We will explain them one at a time in this next series of posts. In the exposure triangle, your first adjustment should always be your ISO adjustment.  What does ISO mean?  Quite simply, ISO stands for the International Organisation for Standardization and … Continue reading Triangle Simplified – ISO