Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Patterns surround us in both natural and manmade forms, offering photographers great opportunities for dramatic and eye catching shots. But how do we best utilise pattern in our work? Today we'll be taking a look at several different examples to better understand pattern in photographic composition.
Our world is filled with repetition and patterns. They’re everywhere when you start looking for them and they can be a powerful element to think about when out and about with your camera.
|Photo By Manjot Singh -- Nest Of Wisp|
Patterns are simply repeated shapes,
colours or objects, ordered in either regular or
irregular formations. As a photographer, using pattern is key to good
composition and, when used effectively, can transform an otherwise bland image
into something dramatic and eye catching. Patterns are formulated all around us
- in both natural and man made settings. The key for photographers is firstly
to find them, and then secondly to use the scene to our advantage.
It's very hard to define where to find
pattern, as it can be anywhere and
everywhere! The key is to keep your eyes open as you go about your daily life
and ensure you have a camera on you at all times just in case! Try exploring
around the nearest town or city and I can almost guarantee that you'll find
some great examples of patterns.
What is important is the vantage point from which you shoot. If on a small scale, ensure that you get in close to capture all the detail of the pattern. Often, however, patterns can emerge on a large scale and the best way to view them is from above, so if you can, get up high for a
birds eye view and who knows what
The natural world offers an endless range of possible patterns to find and make the most of. Simple rock formations, lines of trees or veins in a leaf are all easy to find and capture. Make sure you search on both a small and large scale. Often the detail in natural objects can contain fascinating patterns, but similarly, something like a large sandstone formation with many layers and
tones of sediment will be great subject material.
As always, try to master the basic principles and then get creative. You never know when or where you're going to find patterns, so try and take your camera with you - whether in the countryside or in the city - and keep your eyes peeled! Remember to
angles, light, composition variation, and if you're feeling adventurous, try
combining patterns together in the same shot...
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
BOKEH PHOTOGRAPHY TRIAL AND ERROR TIPS:
1. Set up (or find) a background that will have a potential to produce
good bokeh. If working in studio / home environment poke holes in dark background paper and project light from the back. (As demonstrated in the video above) Alternatively use Christmas lights or background with strong contrast in details.
2. Focus your lens close. Manually turn the focusing ring to the minimal focusing distance, the opposite side of infinity. You may use an object or a person as your subject. Make sure the background is far enough from the subject to allow your lens to produce a shallow DOF, depth of field. (
blur / bokeh)
you lens at various f‐stops. Adjust shutter speed to compensate for the correct exposure. Or use “A” / “AV” setting for aperture priority, the camera will adjust the shutter speed automatically while you are changing f‐stops. Please note that the difference in appearance of bokeh will vary greatly even with a
4. Test, test and test some more. Change distance between camera and subject
,subject and background, focal point, f‐stops, test all your other lenses, test withdifferent focal length .Bokeh effect
Photo By -- Manjot Singh
Friday, February 13, 2015
Tips on Composition
So you already know that the rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing your
photo are some of the basic photography composition techniques photographers commonly use. Here are a few other not so common composition techniques that can set your photos apart from the rest!
Photograph By Manjot Singh
I took this photo at
Bhartpur Bird national park a few years ago. See how the Bird is placed on the right so your eye travels past the negative space and then feels complete when you hit the right side of the image?
Left to RightPut the focus point of your subject more to the right side rather than the left. Our eyes are used to reading text left to right, just like you are reading this article, so follow the same idea in your photos. No, this is not the rule of thirds or leading lines; rather, it draws your viewer’s eye
Try this little exercise to see what I mean: Take one of your photos that has the focus point on the left and use some photo editing software to flip it over. See any difference? In the photo with the left focus point, you look at the subject and then quit looking. But in the one with the right focus point, you automatically look across the entire photo. Same photo, different result.
Obviously you wouldn’t want to apply this rule blindly, but in some situations I have found it to make the composition just slightly more interesting.
Break the rules!
Don’t be afraid to break the rules and try something new. There are times when breaking the rules is precisely what makes a photo stand out from all the rest.
You can see a beautiful picture of a sunset that I have taken in rainy days ruined by two points that I marked
, One is building on the left side and the other tower is near the sun. But I didn't want to ruin this shot.
See How I make it creative art.
Photograph By Manjot Singh
Now see the difference without building and tower
, Composition look better and bird flying on the right also catch the viewer's eye.
1) Cropped To Avoid Buildings
2) Tower washed out with Spot Healing Tool with PS CS 6
3) Use Clogn Stamp Tool With Photoshop CS 6