Do you recognize different photographic styles in the image above? Look through your portfolio…Can you identify your own personal style?
Over the years – while shooting side-by-side - Varina and I have discovered our own, individual photographic styles. Check out this video where we join the good folks at Nik Software and explore artistic styles.
How do you develop your own artistic style?
Does your photographic style evolve over time?
How does the work of others influence your style?
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In our fine art workflow, Jay and I both use use SilverEFex Pro and Sharpner Pro from Nik Software. Recently, we joined Laurie Rubin from Nik Software for a webinar in which we showed a live demonstration of how we go about using these products to produce a final image. You can watch the entire video online by clicking on the image above, or by clicking here. You’ll also find several other great training videos on the same page. Enjoy!
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In many photography courses, Composition is taught as a set of rules – but the topic goes far deeper than any collection of guidelines. A photographer can use composition to set the mood, create depth, highlight perspective, and focus a viewer’s attention on an object of interest. In the video below, Varina and I discuss how we use composition with SmugMugs’s Rocky ‘Bowles.
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How do you use composition to engage the viewer in your own photographs?
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We recently sat down for a Google+ Hangout with Kate Siobhan Havercroft and Michael Bonocore of The Giving Lens. If you missed the live show, here it is. We discuss travel photography and Nicaragua with Kate and Michael, and panelists Kathy Vick, Scott Fisher, and Michael Carey. We had a great time! I hope you all enjoy the show.
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It was a real pleasure to speak with the great Ibarionex Perello recently. The interview is now live on The Candid Frame. Ibarionex is a fantastic interviewer – he is particularly good at coming up with in-depth questions that other interviewers don’t think to ask. He really had me thinking about my answers, and I had a great time doing this interview. Check it out – you’ll find lots of other interesting interviews as well!
Leading lines are one of those elegant elements of an effective composition that lots of photographers are eager to use. Leading lines direct the viewer’s attention through a photograph or toward an object of interest. But finding leading lines in nature is not always that easy… or is it?
With a bit of creativity, you can come up with all kinds of examples of leading lines in nature. The video below show how I have used a variety of elements in nature to create leading lines. These elements include:
Erosion patterns on sandstone
Bubbles on the surface of water
The edge of a sand dune
Long lakes – with the help of a wide angle lens
The line between sand and water
Salt formations in the desert
Mud patterns on a canyon floor
Next time you are in need of a leading line, look around you and remember to think outside the box. You’ll start seeing leading lines that others might never notice.
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I’ve been playing around with creating videos – and this is one that showcases a few of my favorite waterfall photographs. Waterfalls make me smile, and I thought you might enjoy them too. So, here you go, friends! This one is just for the pure pleasure of natural beauty.
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Yet another gorgeous spot! Jay and I visited Bowtie arch in Utah, and I recorded this short video while we were there. This is the kind of place that’s great for a personal challenge. The hike was awesome, and so was shooting!
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We don’t do a whole lot of studio photography – but it’s great having a studio in our home so that we have the freedom to shoot whatever and whenever we choose! I recently mentioned our studio setup on Google+, and I ended up with an inbox full of emails requesting photos of our photography workspace. So, I’ll give you one better. Here’s a video showing how it all comes together.
Almost everything in our studio is built or made from scratch. It’s not necessary to spend a fortune to build a simple studio. A large roll of paper hangs above the window. We hung it with two hooks, a couple of carabiners (generally used for climbing), and a hollow metal pipe (more often used for plumbing). When it’s rolled up, nobody notices it. More hooks hold the large black curtains – which are made from sheets of heavy fabric. When they aren’t in use, they are neatly rolled up and hidden away in the closet. The floor panels are just sheets of thick plywood – with two shiny wallboard panels on top. They spend their down time in the basement – stacked against a wall and out of the way. It’s an incredibly simple solution for us – and it only take a few minutes to set it all up.
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