At times it is tempting to think that only “correctly” exposed images are the way to go when taking quality shots. However, as with any art at all, there are occasions when it is ok to bend the rules or even completely break them.
Some may have heard of the use of overexposure to reduce wrinkles and skin imperfection but there are several applications for having a picture underexposed as well. One of the biggest is that is can help increase the detail and color. These are a few samples out of the camera and edited.
With the exception of some rather snarky photography purists, many people like the idea of spot color photographs. And while there are many ways to get this done, some either involve expensive software or a level of expertise that takes a long time to attain. However, there is a simple and decent option for anyone that owns an Android smart phone or device.
The Color Touch application is free and allows easy adjustment.
Here is a promo sample from the app’s page.
Have you ever made use of a gobo in your photography sessions? If not, or if you don’t have the slightest idea what i’m talking about, you are missing out on a really artsy tool.
The term is short for go-between which is anything you put between the light and the subject to create a pattern on the subject via the use of shadows. Typically, gobos can be made or purchased and are often plastic, wood or metal. But just ponder for a moment that maybe nature can generate gobos.
Of course this is the case. For example, the branches from a tree just like the photo here, can make interesting and attractive art. Give it a shot the next time you want to experiment.
For quite some time, I have been a seller on a rapidly expanding and incredibly popular website called Fiverr. And while I love the site, it does limit the number of services an individual can provide. That being the case, You can now find more services being offered though a similar site called Fiverup.com.
These currently include the following options:
- App creation
- Spot color effects
- Formatting e-books
- Editing .pdf files
- Blog ads
- Product reviews
- Removing glare from pet eye photos
- Animated .gifs
It may seem pretty apparent that in photography, just like any art that is meant to appeal to our sense of vision, the use of angles can be very important. But, while this notion might come across as obvious in some cases, there are number of ways to use angles that you may not have considered at this time.
Sure, making certain that the subject is positioned well to match the lighting that is available and noting that off-center images actaully tend to come across as more appealing are pretty common notions. But here are a couple that are a little less known if you will.
Tilted angles provide a new look
Not only do titled angles give a different and unique perspective but that can also produce greater levels of symmetry when your subject itself is somewhat tilted. For example, a subject tilted to from left to right can be balanced out with an angle going from right to left.
Shooting from above the subject
When working with people, especially women, shooting from above the subject brings out the softer and often more feminine features while minimizing those that are more harsh and rugged.
Shooting from a low angle
This can have the exact opposite effect as the one mentioned above. So, if you want to bring out the tough or hard features, this is your best approach.
Whether you are a notice shutterbug or an experienced photographer, you have probably noticed that sometimes it can be a bit difficult to get the skin tone and coloration of a subject just right. This can often be the case with those who have a naturally fair skin tone. So, how do you handle making the skin color “pop” if you will? Well, here are three simple and highly effective tips that can make a major impact on any images you take.
1. Bump up the saturation
Find the saturation tool on your photo editor and slowly move the slider or number higher. Be careful not to go too far because the image can start to look unnatural.
2. Burn the dodge/burn tool
To darken light skin a bit, use the burn option starting out on a fairly low opacity, maybe 25% or so. You can increase the number if needed.
3. Add a warming filter
Adding a warming (probably orange-ish) style filter can add that sort of sun kissed vibe to a subject’s skin.
Using your program’s exposure tools, if there is an option to do so, increase the Gamma Correction slightly.
Taking one or more of these steps can really make a big difference in the quality of your photography.
There are any number of things we can do with a good photo editing program.
And while that is always cool, isn’t it generally a good idea to try to do as much as you can to minimize the need for editing? For example, if you can properly adjust your exposure or white balance during the shooting there is no reason you will have to go back and mess around with it on your computer. The same concept applies to the use of depth of field.
If you’re not sure what I mean, think about the images you see of people, animals, plants…that provide a wonderful clear image of the focal point but sort of seem to blur everything else out.
Cameras are built to automatically allow the sensor to take a shot providing the most crisp and sharp clarity as possible to all elements of the image. Sounds good right? Well, not always. When either the background (or in rare occasions the foreground) can actually distract from the main focal point in the image, you may want to blur if you will, the parts of the image that are not the main subject. This is where depth of field comes in.
If you aim for a shallow depth of field, the foreground will be in focus with the background out of focus to some degree, see the second shot below. Conversely, if you use deep depth of field to blur the foreground and showcase the background.
Take a look at the image of the flowers above as opposed to the one below. The top image is one shot with a camera’s standard settings while the one below blurs the background to emphasize focus on the primary subject by making use of a shallow depth of field.
So, what’s the trick? Well, it’s all about your aperture settings. Basically, the lower the F# (or more widely the opening of the lens) the more you will be able to achieve an effect something like the one above with this stunning pink orchid. So naturally, the higher the F# (or more narrow the opening of the lens) the more you will produce the oppose effect.
For more tips, check out my e-books on digital photography on my official author website.