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Thursday, 26 April 2012

"Trick Photography and Special Effects" by Evan Sharboneau - A Closer Look


I don't normal do reviews, but I wanted to in this case. "The Trick Photography Book" written by Evan Sharboneau is an in depth and interesting book. In fact I absolutely loved it. It is sure to educate photographers of all stages on the method to get those special effects photographs.

Even for those that may have never picked up a camera in their lives or are using uncomplicated cameras many special effects can still be done. The book even offers to assist photo enthusiasts in a simple and very easy to understand way.

I liked its methods, approaches and was delighted to read the whole book from front to cover. Evan has done himself proud. There is a wealth of information in the book that all photographers, regardless of stage and level, should grab themselves a copy of this book.

Setting the Shutter Speed

Setting the Aperture

Setting the ISO

Setting the White Balance

Long Exposure Effects and Light Painting

Generic Common Settings for Light Paintings

These just a few of the countless things you will come across in the book. There is so much more I can't possible list everything here now.

Evan is very clever. He talks a lot about lighting and other wonderful photography techniques you can create in the post processing end of your photography. In other words, at the end of your photo creating. I liked the way he went into detail and defined how everything works mutually, from start to finish, to create your final photograph. Lighting is the key to photography and Evan covers this in great detail.

When you first open the book you are hit with a enormous table of contents. It feels a little much to begin with because the info he provides is so big. He not only goes into all the things you need to know like the best lighting, but talks about cameras, composition, software and other technical details, which he describes very easily and straightforwardly.

High Speed Photography

 One of my favourite features to his book was the section High Speed Photography. Want to see what a balloon looks like when it bursts? Its high speed photography but the images look like they have been captured in slow motion. This is the section you won't want to miss. He explains all the equipment you will need (yes you can set this up at home) where to buy the equipment and how to put it all together.

The photos are outstanding. I actually felt myself getting excited by the possibility of shooting my own high speed photographs. I can't wait to try this.

Evan also covers a section on Bubbles and macro photography. The images are stunning and you are truly transported to another world by looking at them. You can generate wonderful effects, abstract photos and extremely exciting photos of close up bubbles. You see the vibrant swirls of the water across the surface of the bubble and the surreal patterns look like something out of a fantasy book.

Photographing smoke is also in the book, fortunately. I am thankful because I get so many photo enthusiasts asking me how to shoot smoke. Now I can refer them to Evans book. I love this part a lot. He talks about the lighting, things to use as backdrops and what you need to precisely capture smoke and produce interesting and amazing patterns. You don't have to use cigarette smoke; you can also use the smoke from an incense stick.

Recommendation- Final Assessment of the ebook

I have been a photographer for a lot of years. I know how hard it can be when you are first starting out to not only take good photos, but particular effects. Evan makes this course of action easy, enjoyable and really enlightening. I highly recommend this book. I am recommending it to all my clients who learn about photography.


It's easy to learn from and fun to create your first special effects photos. I recommend getting yourself a copy of the book. It's worth $97 but I seriously think he should be asking for twice the price. It's worth so much more than it's current outlay. It just shows the generous nature of the author.

Arthur: Amy Renfrey

Do you want to create fantastic and spectacular photos? If yes, I recommend taking a look at Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau in order to boost and enhance you photos with outstanding special effects!

Mother's Day Portrait Tips And Ideas - How To Be Creative


I wanted to share some portrait ideas and tips for Mother's Day. Believe it or not, Mother's day is right around the corner and choosing the perfect gift can be extremely difficult. I always tell photographers to plan ahead and to plan this at least a few weeks before the occasion. If you can plan a couple of months ahead...that's even better. I know where talking about Mother's Day here, but this applies to any Holiday or special occasion.

Let's be clear about something here

Your job as a photographer and a marketer, is to help your clients find that special gift by offering them a unique portrait session and with Mother's day near as I wrote this...we'll use this as our example. Always remind them that this is guaranteed to be the most favorite gift she'll receive and it will last longer than a bouquet of flowers!

They can choose from a generation portrait, a family portrait, a Mommy and me session or simply just photograph the children by themselves. A beautiful portrait that captures a moment in time is a gift from the heart and will be treasured forever. But...you already know that.

Here are a couple of unique portrait ideas for inspiration!

Take a photograph of the Mother and child's shoes or capture a close-up of them holding hands. Find a meaningful quote and personalize the portrait using Photoshop or create a unique personalized collage.

Kristen Bell
Photograph a little girl playing dress-up in her mother's or her grandmother's clothing or wedding gown. The client can help you create this family heirloom portrait by bringing along their mother or grandmother's wedding gown. If they don't have a gown, they can bring a favorite dress or outfit and shoes. You can also ask them to bring any vintage hats, old family photographs or other special mementos to personalize their portrait.

Children will have a ball playing dress-up! Using their mother's or grandmother's clothing, photos and mementos makes it extra special. I recommend using a vintage trunk that the child can sit on or they may even want to climb inside. A few years back I created a portrait of our daughter wearing her great-grandmother's nightgown and was admiring her old black and white wedding photos. As you can imagine, her great- grandmother was absolutely thrilled when she received this on Mother's Day. This unique gift idea is sure to be a hit and will be cherished for generations to come.

So...I hope this gets you thinking of the possibilities that can be created by using some simple props and classic portraiture. Don't over complicate things when creating these special portraits. Just keep in mind that the Mother/Grandmothers will be thrilled to have a keepsake from their child or children.

Arthur: Scot Voelker
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Do you want to create fantastic and spectacular photos? If yes, I recommend taking a look at Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau in order to boost and enhance you photos with outstanding special effects!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Tripods for Smartphone or iPhone

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Years ago when a person went to apply for auto insurance, often times their agent would suggest they put a disposable camera in the glove box in case they ever had an accident. This way the driver could take photos at the scene of the accident to help protect their interests. In this day and age, I'm not sure they even make disposable cameras again other than for weddings. Today most people have a cell phone with a built-in camera.

Do I Need a Tripod for My Cell Phone?

With people carrying cameras with them all the time in their cell phone, it's important to consider other accessories to use with those built-in cameras such as a tripod. Yes, that's right, there are tripods made just for a cell phone.

Jennifer Ellison
These tripods are lightweight, usually flexible so they can even be used to wrap or latch onto something to get just the right shot. For instance, there are camera tripods for Android and iPhone that you can wrap around a bicycle handlebar to film shots while bicycling. These tripods would also be ideal for use no matter what the sport. It helps in getting the right shot without shaking around.

Sometimes it's important though to have a tripod for your iPhone or Android that isn't flexible. You may need a tripod that is small, lightweight, yet sturdy. Some cell phone tripods extend to full height so that you aren't left bending over breaking your back to get the shot. Often these sturdy tripods for a cell phone are also interchangeable with your camera or video camera. This would allow for much more flexibility in use.

Another option, particularly for the person on the go, is the keychain tripod. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, these miniature tripods are portable and lightweight. They can be used as an accessory and simply put on the keychain. It even fits right in your pocket!

|Marissa Miller

No matter what your adventure or activity, it's always great to consider purchasing a tripod that your Android or iPhone will fit on so that when you are in need, you are prepared with a sturdy, reliable tripod.

Just imagine the great family photos and videos you will have when you can place your mobile phone on a tripod to film your child's game. You can then just sit back and relax and watch the game! Imagine also going on vacation and having a flexible tripod for your cell phone so that you can bring home wonderful photos from your trip to share with your friends.

Arthur: Lisa Fausey
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Photographers Need to Know How to Pose Just Like Their Models


Most probably you are scratching your head after reading this. As a photographer the job requires you to remain behind the camera, however, you need to have a good idea of what will look good in a photo and what will look poor. Therefore, knowledge of professional posing techniques is essential in order for your work to stand out in this competitive market.

Jennifer Ellison
Observe Real Life Situations

Observation is one of the best ways to learn how to professionally direct your model's poses. If you wish to extract a real-life pose from your model, your best bet at achieving this, would be to watch people in their natural environment.

As well as offering ideas for the model's poses, observation also provides new creative ways in setting the scene for the photo shoot.

Lighting and Props

Depending on what type of light you use when taking a photo, different moods can be created. What's more, lighting comes in handy when a model either wants to hide a flaw or alternatively accentuate a feature.
Creative and interesting props added to the photo shoot will enhance the photo, as they create a sense of story and character to the overall image. Interaction with the props gives the model an extra layer of depth, as focus is shifted onto how the two are relating.

Breaking the Rules

Josie Maran
Although there are many rules that a photographer can abide by, so as to shoot a striking photo, sometimes it is breaking or bending these rules that produce the best results.

Changing the angle that you shoot from is one example. Rather than pointing your camera at eye level, try shooting from a higher plane or closer to the ground so as to create a new perspective.

Another way to capture the viewer's attention is by having the model eyeing something that seems to be off camera. This way the viewer gets curious as to what the model is looking at with such an appeal. This proves to be a very interesting alternative to the typical model staring straight into the camera lens.

Capturing Movement

When switching the camera into 'burst' or 'continuous shooting' mode, you can construct a series of images at one go. Eventually these can be presented together as a set to show active movement rather than static poses. A model swinging on a swing, climbing a ladder or jumping on a trampoline are some of the many situations that you can photograph. The continuous shooting mode is a feature found on all modern digital cameras. Nevertheless it should never be abused but rather used sparingly and wisely.

Panning is another way by which you can add movement in your photos. This is achieved by keeping your focus locked onto your model while moving the camera from one point to another in a straight line. It is important that the distance from your camera to your model is kept constant throughout the whole process. The effect will be a sharp focus on your model against a blurred background.

Lucy Liu
Depending on the theme of the photo shoot, the model has to project the ideal personality and emotions. To achieve this, your advice and directions must be clear and effective. There are various poses that can be mastered. Learning the right techniques is essential as these will guarantee outstanding results each time you work with models on different projects.

Posing Secrets - The Photographer's Essential Guide Vol.1  by Malcolm Boone is a unique and practical tool which will guide you step by step, in mastering the art of posing a model.  I strongly suggest that you give it a thorough look.  It is definitely worth the money!

Author: Michael Abela
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Saturday, 10 March 2012

How Trick Photography and Special Effects Can Make You a Better Photographer

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Understanding trick photography and special effects is about understanding the limit and potential of your camera in relation to light. If you want to quickly become a great photographer, then consider starting a photographic project to take trick photos and special effects.

Emily Didonato
Think about how most people try to become good at photography. They take their camera, go out, and snap away. Nothing wrong with this, but if you have a clear goal to master a specific technique then the learning process is focused and therefore accelerated. The bonus is that you will specialize and get beautiful and interesting photos along the way.

Understanding light

You'll find that understanding light is probably the most difficult aspect of photography. It is also the most important. You can't have a photograph without light, so you need to understand how light behaves under different shooting conditions.

Great photographers pay great attention to the study of light so that they can recognize and create a particular mood or effects with light. Not all light are the same, as they can be harsh, soft, warm, or cooling. The direction of light can be as important as the quality of light. You can use different illumination such as direct, backlit, or side-lit to extract different texture, shadow, and details from your subject.

Light paintings or drawings are among some of the trick photography techniques that is done using long exposure photography. The results are often spectacular but deceptively simple. It is simple to start, but can take a long time to master.

Light paintings or drawings are created by taking a long exposure photo and manipulating the light source to create an effect. The more common examples are of people drawing their name using a flashlight with a photo taken at night. The more creative you get with this simple idea, the more interesting pictures you'll get. So when you start taking trick photos like these and experiment, you'll gain a greater understanding of light.

Understanding your camera

The other side of it is to understand how to capture light. All digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) has a shutter between the camera's lens and sensor. Pressing the button on your camera to take a picture opens the shutter for a duration of time, and then shuts it back up. This basically controls how long you let light flood the sensor so you can freeze a moment in time.
Leanne Decker

Aperture controls how wide the hole in your camera lens are. The bigger the opening or diameter, the more light hits the sensor. With aperture you control how much light to let in to the camera sensor, but also the depth of field. You also control how sensitive the sensor is to the incoming light by setting the ISO. The higher it is, the less light is needed to capture a scene with the risk of introducing noise to the picture.

A good way to master your camera is to learn to take levitation photos. These trick photos usually depict people floating or flying without any means of support or digital manipulation, so the action is captured in the camera as-is. The secret to creating these pictures is to simply jump and freeze the action with your camera. Again, a technique that is very simple to use but takes time to master.

The main element in freezing time with your camera is the shutter speed, but other settings like aperture and ISO matters. A fast shutter speed freezes a moving object, but requires more light. You'll need to balance and adjust these elements to ensure that you can freeze an object without blurring it, otherwise it ruins the illusion. Doing this exercise pretty much forces you to understand and experiment with your camera till you get it right. Along the way, you'll have greater understanding of how to make the most of your camera.

Start taking trick photos and grow fast

You can speed up photographic learning process by just applying these two trick photography techniques. When you have mastered them, you'll have understood more about the relationship between light and camera than most photographers!

Author: Jim T May

Do you want to create fantastic and spectacular photos? If yes, I recommend taking a look at Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau in order to boost and enhance you photos with outstanding special effects!

Friday, 9 March 2012

5 Simple Steps To Set Up Your Micro Stock Photographic Business

Have you ever wondered how other photographers are doing a living? Maybe you heard that some have even made a fortune! You might be surprised in knowing, that most of them are working online at the comfort of their home or office. This is all true and possible in the digital era. 

Digital photography has revolutionized the way we capture, process and market our photographs. It made it more reachable to a larger spectrum of photographers, both novice and amateurs. But what does it entail to start an online photographic business? Three simple words: equipment, knowledge and commitment. 

Ninel Conde
Let us see together how you can achieve this in five easy steps. 

Buy the Necessary Gear 

To start off you need two essential equipments:   
  • An entry level DSLR camera    
  • A personal computer with ample storage space    
Learn How to Shoot Marketable Photos       

Study billboards, magazines, newsletters, brochures and any other forms of adverts.      
  • Observe what type of styles and compositions are the most in demand.    
  • Examine the type of audience these photos are trying to target.    
Enhance Your Photos     

Upload your photos onto your computer and enhance, or amend, the following by using a basic photo editing software.                
  • Sharpness    
  • Contrast    
  • Saturation    
  • Composition (cropping)    
  • Defects (e.g. chromatic aberration)    
Upload Your Photos Online     

Research the internet for a reputable micro stock site. It is important that you read properly the terms and conditions of each and every site, since these differ from one another. 

Upload your work onto your favorite site and key word it. Within a few days your work is online ready for sale, subject that you satisfy the basic requirements. 

Jordan Carver
Read and Research 

Visit your local library and find books related to micro stock photography, managing a business and marketing. Participate in online forums discussing topics related to photography, particularly selling photos online. Join a local photographic club so as to share and exchange knowledge with other members. 

Take Action Now! 

As with any other type of business, you need to invest time in structuring your photographic portfolio. This way you will be building your reputation and establishing yourself as a photographer with potential future clients. 

To sum it all up, this is a great opportunity for every photo enthusiast to start making money online, be your own boss and work at your own leisure. In due time, you can turn photography from a simple hobby into a profitable enterprise.

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Author: Michael Abela
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Thursday, 8 March 2012

How To Purchase A Camera For Professional Photography

Aspiring Steve McCurry or Ansel Adams? If you love photography, and want to make a career out of it, it takes a lot more than inspiration and an eye for creating fabulous photos. It takes solid training from a professional photography school and the right camera. This article helps prime you to choose the best first professional camera for your photography career.
Nicole Scherzinger
Research, Research, Research
Your first step is to learn about everything you can regarding your subject: in this case, the best first camera for your photography career. Of course, take into consideration the top brands and prices, and read up on online reviews, and ask around to formulate the best working framework to start searching for a new camera within. No matter what you do, or how well you know how to bargain shop, this will be an expensive purchase, and thus, the more initial research you can do, the better off you will be. Treat it with the same respect you would offer a new car- after all, it will be the most significant tool of your career - apart from your talent, of course.
Immediate Needs
Next, consider your immediate need for this professional camera. Is it something that you want to play around with, need for photography school, or as your first career camera? Deciding what and how you will be using this camera for will help you consider what kinds of specific features, elements, and capabilities it should require.
Manual or Digital
The first of these camera considerations should, of course, be the most fundamental. Do you want a manual or a digital camera, or a camera that uses both technology? Almost all photography schools and professional positions will require that you have manual capability in your camera in order to understand beyond the automatic nature of our immediate photo-capturing world, how a picture becomes the picture that it does. Digital, on the other hand, allows you to easily and conveniently manipulate and print photos taken. Your best bet, if you can afford it, is always a hybrid manual/digital camera for any professional photography situation.
Features
Whichever kind of camera you choose, will determine what features you need to look for in order to get the best professional grade photos for your career. As a professional photographer, one should always remember in purchasing equipment for their career that as many options should be afforded to you in the rendering of a photo -no matter your type of photographer. 
You want your talent to shine through, and thus, you want to be able to control light through aperture, color temperature through manipulation, and use focus/movement technology to capture fast action shots to blurry movement. Aside from having these options, you always want to be able to have high resolution ability. For digital, this means lots of megapixels. For manual, this means the right lens.
Options
Aside from these basics in brand, price, features, function, and kind of camera; as a professional photographer (pre- or post-photography school), you should never buy cheap quality or nix options that will be imperative in your ability to shoot the best in photographs. 
This doesn't mean you have to have the best and most expensive camera on the market for photography school, or as a novice; but that you should always choose better lens material quality/brands, have protective carrying cases and gear, and include precious extras such as high resolution, high grade light filters, and focus features. Remind yourself as always that this is your career in photography, and to deliver prize-winning photos that compel-you require quality equipment and your camera is the most imperative piece in your toolkit.
Author: Travis Silver

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What is HDR - High Dynamic Range?

Julie Ordon
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it is a technique to process photos. Most often 3-5 pictures (taken from the same subject) are processed to HDR and a result is a image with larger range between the lightest and darkest areas of the image. Too bad normal computer screens and monitors can't render the outcome right way because they are low dynamic range devices, and thus tonemapping is often applied to HDR images. With the aid of tonemapping the HDR photo can be rendered in an aesthetically pleasant way on screens and monitors.
Often HDR and tonemapping as terms are mixed and it is not clear which term should be used. Not every HDR photo is tonemapped nor every tonemapped photo is created from High Dynamic Range picture. Tonemapped picture can be made from one RAW (or even single JPEG) photo and it can look good but technically it shouldn't be called High Dynamic Range image. Summa summarum, when both techniques (HDR and tonemapping) are applied usually the best outcome is achieved.
Megan Fox
HDR is a good technique and can be used as often as you want - just bear in mind that it doesn't usually turn a bad photo into a good quality photo. Take a great quality picture with your camera and you are good to go to make it a High Dynamic Range masterpiece!
What you need to make a HDR photo?
  1. Camera (Preferred DSLR)
  2. Tripod
  3. Photomatix software
  4. (Optional) Photoshop for after processing
Bonus tip: Camera price doesn't matter as much as your skills to use the camera of any price tag. It is advisable to go for a somewhat inexpensive camera in the beginning, learn to use it and perhaps later buy more expensive one. Trust me, good images can be shot with cheap camera... it's really all about the person holding the camera
How do you make a HDR photo?
  1. Take 3 shots with different exposure levels (-2,0,2) from the same subject with tripod.
  2. Put the pictures to Photomatix.
  3. Play with the settings until you are satisfied. Save the picture as JPEG.
  4. Open the just saved JPEG picture in Photoshop and do some after processing (curves and levels, for example)
Author: Paavo Rautio

Do you want to create fantastic and spectacular photos? If yes, I recommend taking a look at Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau in order to boost and enhance you photos with outstanding special effects!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

5 Essential Items a Photographer Should Carry Around When Doing an Outdoor Photo Shoot

Some of you might have already started guessing what these items might be. A few might say a light weight mid-range zoom lens; others might say a tripod or even extra batteries. These are definitely justifiable accessories, but today I would like to write about small items that most of the time we tend to overlook or never even bother to consider.
Have you ever been in a situation in which the slightest things have jeopardized the whole photo shoot? I bet you have had such an experience.
So let us see together the five essential items you should have with you when shooting an outdoor photo shoot.
Pencil and Paper
When words are not enough you resort to diagrams and sketches. There will be instances, where no matter how hard you try to get a message through it turns to be an impossible task. During these moments a pencil or pen and a piece of paper can do miracles.
You do not have to be a fully fleshed artist, though I am sure most of you are very capable, to draw diagrams and shapes. The best way to explain poses is by drawing stick figures. They are easy to draw and effective.
First Aid Kit
A small first aid kit should do the job. If you include plasters, bandages, scissors, and disposable gloves it should be good as a starting point. You might want to throw in some painkillers and an insect repellent spray or lotion.
Sewing Kit
Though this should be part of the model's accessory list, I suggest you take care of it in case your model oversees this important item. You do not want to ruin a photo shoot simply for a loose button or a torn strap.
Together with this I suggest you include some pins and paper clips. They come in very handy when you are in a hurry and pressed for time.
Adhesive Tape & Rubber bands
I have an arsenal of these types of mini items. On more than one occasion such items have turned out to be invaluable articles.
Anything that can be used to fix, mend or tie is a good candidate. Items such as adhesive tape, rubber bands, sticky gum, a small stapler and string are all valuable things that can save your day. Uses can vary from fixing temporary a tripod to attaching a reflector to a branch or pole.
Chocolate Bars
Last but not least, you should have a snack high in sugar content, such as a couple of chocolate bars. These are small and easy to carry around. Though one usually plans the duration of a photo shoot, at times due to factors beyond your control, the set time is exceeded.
During these extra hours, both you and your model would appreciate a snack high in sugar content. This should supplement your bodies with the needed energy, as it would help you get along with a couple of more working hours.
Taking on board the above mentioned items, will guarantee that the chances of a photo shoot going wrong are kept to a minimum. To your advantage, it can be an opportunity to show that you are a professional person to work with, as you have always a contingency plan in case things do not go as planned.
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Author: Michael Abela
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Friday, 10 February 2012

Tips on How to Choose the Right Background for Your Photo Shoot - Noise and Conflicting Messages

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Many photographers spend a lot of time in selecting the right model, discuss her wardrobe, hairstyle, makeup and what have you. Yet, they tend to overlook a very important aspect; the background. This is a vital part of any photographic set up and needs the proper attention. It can make or break the composition, feel and dynamics of a photograph. Are you still not sure about the importance in choosing the right background? In following article, I want to bring to your attention two important factors that we tend to fail to notice when choosing a background. These can apply for both outdoor and indoor photo shoots, though since most of my work is done outdoors, I will focus mainly on outdoor situations.

Excessive Background Noise

From my experience, I have learned that the simpler a photograph is the better. By this I mean, when shooting a model you aim to have a background that compliments your model not compete with it. Let us consider a scenario in which you are to shoot a model in a cowboy costume. To complement the model you decide to shoot the session on a farm. You are faced up with two choices. In your first option, the model poses inside an old barn, with bails of straw and a couple of tools in the background. As a second choice, the model sits on a tractor with horses grazing in the backdrop.

You can realize that in the second instance there are too many things going on. The massiveness of the tractor and the moving horses are likely to overpower your model. On the contrary, inside the barn the background is not stealing the viewer's attention but rather it directs it towards the model.

Always keep in mind that your choice of background never overshadows your main subject; your model.

Conflicting Messages

Have you ever tried to convey a message through your photos but the results said otherwise? One evening I received a call from a friend telling me that he had some great pictures that wanted to share with me. He said he had found this 'great' shooting location.

Upon seeing the photos I was terrified. The location looked more like a damping site than the country side he was trying to portrait. To be fair there was a beautiful pond surrounded by fantastic weeping willow trees, but the copious amount of damp scattered all over the area was a shame.

Do you sincerely thing that a glamorous shoot can be done in such a location? Such a situation could be termed as juxtaposition, meaning that the message conveyed would say that the model and the whole set is purely rubbish.

This kind of situation is observed in my magazines and newspapers, sometimes intentionally other times out of neglect or lack of knowledge. Keep your eyes wide open for these kinds of circumstances.

Conclusion

As you can see, in choosing the right background there is more than just colours, shapes and shades. It is a complex scenario in which conflicting details and complementary elements all play a part in your final product.

An easy to follow, step by step course in mastering the art of digital photography is Learn Digital Photography Now.  If you would like to further your knowledge in digital photography, I strongly recommend that you aquire this digital book.

Author: Michael Abela