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

Warm and cool colors, tints, shades and tones

Warm and Cool Colors Warm and cool colors play a part in color theory when deciding which type of reaction you wish to evoke. Warm colors evoke energy and can advance forth in an image whereas cool colors recede in an image and can evoke a calm and soothing reaction. The image below shows which colors are considered warm and which are cool. In choosing … Continue reading Warm and cool colors, tints, shades and tones

Complimentary Colors Part 2

In our last post we discussed the primary color model and complimentary colors. The primary color wheel is used mostly for pigments or painting but learning the basic color wheel has some advantages in photography as a basic way of looking at color. In reality, photography uses the RGB color scheme which is based on light and is considered an additive color model. The three … Continue reading Complimentary Colors Part 2

Complimentary Colors

In our previous post, we examined the color wheel and how each of the primary, secondary and tertiary colors fit onto the color wheel. The colors we examined are considered to be part of the RYB (subtractive) or artistic color model. It is the basic color model for painting and designing. So, why are we looking at this model? To learn color theory, you have … Continue reading Complimentary Colors

The Basics of Color – The Color Wheel

In color theory, the very basic of basics is the color wheel and how the primary colors become secondary colors and how secondary colors become tertiary colors. This basic knowledge will allow you to better compose your images and make your images pop. The basic color wheel of primary colors consist of red, blue and yellow. These three colors are the basic colors that, when … Continue reading The Basics of Color – The Color Wheel

Color Theory – The Series

Autumn colors are upon us which gives us the opportunity to capture some images in nature that offer us more colors than at any other time of the year. Color theory is a big part of composition when deciding what to photograph.  Think about all the colors around you.  They don’t all naturally go together and can even ruin your shot if paired incorrectly.  We … Continue reading Color Theory – The Series

Elements of Visual Design – Color

As you can see, composition can be made up of one or several design elements that can make your images stand out.  In previous posts, we discussed shape, form, and lines.  This post will concentrate on color as a design element. Color is made up of several elements: hue, value, and intensity.  Hue is the actual color with the value making up how light or … Continue reading Elements of Visual Design – Color