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Cool effects of a long exposure

Keeping your shutter open for an extended period or time has both its benefits and drawbacks in photography.

While it can be difficult to work with a long exposure without a stabilization mechanism such as a good tripod, and you do have to consider the possibility of overexposing the image to the point of a completely blown out shot, this approach can produce some really artistic and eye catch results as well. See the examples below.

Effective usage of long exposure:

long exposure car lights

Exposure: 117.4 sec – Vehicle lights on a busy road.

shooting tars in the night sky

Beautiful stars in the night sky.

amazing color photo

Colorful, artsy image with interesting background.

scenic misty waterfall

Beautiful misty appeal to a shot of a waterfall.

jouster on horse

Jouster on horse in an image intended to show motion.

When shadows in photos aren’t a bad thing

It is nearly impossible to eliminate all shadowing in a photograph.

As a general rule of thumb, especially when shooting portrait photos, soft shadows are acceptable and can enhance an image while harder shadows tend to have a negative effect. This is typically the case, but not always.

Take for example the images below:

The first is a sample of a photo with harsh shadows and the second is one with a softer shadowing effect.

image shaodws

soft shadows

However, in some cases a unique use of dark shadows can add for a wonderful aesthetic fell.

See the following images for as examples:

The first is an amazing shot by a talented photography names Hannah Wessman. The second is a shot I took which is published in my second or two poetry books along with one of my poems.

beautiful shadows

model in the shadows

What lesson can we take from this? While there are rules in photography as in any art form, sometimes they can be bent or even broken and produce an amazing finished product.

Creative ideas for model photo shoots

Creative model photography

OK, so sometimes I feel like my brain is like the pistons in a car – constantly moving except well I’m shut down and asleep (or the car is turned off). That being the case, I’ve always got some new ideas popping into my head about any number of things including ideas for shoots with models.

With that in mind, I’d like to offer a few of the ideas I’ve used in the past. Granted some aren’t all the original but that doesn’t mean that people might not have overlooked them. As for the ones that I haven’t actually followed through on yet, well for now those will remain a mystery.

Please know that all of these may be able to be modified for either sex but I generally work with female models and that’s why I make the following statements.

school girl outfit model photography

Ideas:

1. Cowgirl -

Pretty simple to do. Just some cowboy boots and a hat and some jeans and an appropriate shirt and you’re all set.

2. Silhouettes and bodyscapes -

It’s all about lighting and maximizing the form of the body itself.

3. The model as captive (cuffs, bindfolds…) -

No, nothing perverse here. That wouldn’t be very artistic. Just sort of a horror-inspired approach.

4. Halloween themes -

This one is relatively self explanatory and can be done in either an intense of cutesy sort of way.

5. Patriotic attire and props – 

Just think of the whole “Rosie the Riveter” image or anything in which you can incorporate a flag or your country’s colors.

6. Slumber party -

Combine this youthful concept with lingerie and BAM – instant art.

7. School girl -

Very cliche but it never seems to go out of fashion.

8. Gothic rocker schoolgirl -

A variation on the above with a little more edge. Great fit for alternative models.

9. Motorcycles -

Attractive women and motorcycles go together like peanut butter and jelly.

10. Office setting -

Again sort of an old concept but spicing up a boring setting like an office makes for a fun shoot.

11. Warehouse or industrial setting -

The gritty, rough atmosphere can work either as a contrast to a model’s look or to compliment it.

12. Ultra contrast -

One suck example would be a model wearing a wedding dress in a graffiti -covered slum alleyway.

13. Femme Fatale -

Tough girls with a hot look make for awesome photos.

14. Character shoot -

I once did a Lady Gaga themed shoot. This is also good for people who like cosplay and fictional characters.

My personal photo book

Once in a while I like to experiment, specially when I have aopportunity to do so at no cost.  Such was the case with a recent photo book promotion. I had the chance to make an 8×8 hardcover book and pretty much customize it to my specifications.  That being said, I did so today. It is 100% black and white or spot color in nature and I think it might just have turned out pretty nice. Feel free to check it out at the link below:

“Attirance”

Graffiti as art

Yes, graffiti can be ugly…

And no doubt there are times when it is legitimate to call it vandalism. But under the right circumstances, it can be quite beautiful and artistic.

Many who dabble in graffiti are indeed art students or hold jobs related to the arts such as careers in graphic design.

Here are a few examples of some amazing work for your viewing pleasure:

Winner of the Photo Caption Contest

First off, I just want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in my photo caption contest. Some of the caption ideas each of you came up with where really inventive and showcase just how talented all of you are.

With that being said, there can be only one winner and chosing that winner was anything but easy.

The winner is:

evilnymphstuff

Winning caption:

“Cuteness of a Sad Carnival” (Photo 3) which can be seen here:

Photo Caption Contest (Part 3)

Congrats!

Please send a message to trcapromo@gmail.com to claim your prizes.

Simple but important photography tip

So, you’re all set to take what could be a great digital photo.

You’re excited about it and if you’re shooting a live subject, so are they. You snap the photo and all if perfect, right? Well, not exactly.

When you look through your files you notice something you missed before and it deflates your enthusiasm. You caught something in the shot that is not what you intended.

Here’s a brief list of things you should be aware of before taking your shot to make your photos better and avoid having to do some unnecessary editing.

1. Make sure all tags are hidden

Tags from clothing or products showing up in your shots are distracting and make the work look unprofessional.

2. Unnecessary people

Say you’re shooting a fantastic piece of architecture and in the bottom of the frame you have a crowd of people. This can take away from the overall appeal of the structure itself.

3. Unflattering clothing

Unintentionally exposed bra straps, spots or stains on shirt or pants and various other issues can really kill an otherwise beautiful photo.

4. Be aware of your surroundings

If you’re in a crowd or in an active location, be careful to avoid being bumped or having someone move in front of you while taking your shot. You may have to show some patience and wait for the right moment but it will be worth it.

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