the basics

The Basics – Exposure Compensation

Every DSLR camera owner has his or her preferred camera settings. Many photographers swear by the Manual setting, while others love to use Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority. They each have their advantages depending on what your personal creative vision is.


Forced Perspective?

Um, I think it’s just perspective when you’re lying in the dirt photographing toys? The forced perspective technique sways our perception with the use of optical illusions to make objects appear larger, smaller, further away, or closer than they actually are. It manipulates perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them …

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"I wish I was a unicorn..."

A Reminder To Remember

Baader-Meinhof? I’ve been seeing a lot of that lately? Your friend tells you about an obscure “mathcore” band they’ve only just discovered. Later that afternoon, you stumble onto one of their albums as you flick through vinyl at your local record store. Then you see a poster for their upcoming tour through the train window …

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The Basics – Working in a Series

series (ˈsɪəriːz; -rɪz) n, pl -ries 1. a group or connected succession of similar or related things, usually arranged in order What happens we you apply this concept to photography? What happens when you decide to create a Photo-Essay?

The Basics – Rule of Thirds etc….

In this series on The Basics I’ve already touched on Leading Lines and Foreground Interest, two methods that help you create a visually interesting image . Another classic method you can use to balance and organize the visual elements in your photographs is The Rule of Thirds and its compositional cousins The Golden Ratio and the Phi Grid.

The Basics – Foreground Interest

Foreground Interest is yet another tool in the photographers bag of tricks that helps to draw the viewer into your world as well as to create depth in an otherwise flat two dimensional space.

The Basics – Sticky Tack

Sticky Tack or Blu-Tack can be a toy photographers best friend. If you’re not familiar with this amazing substance, it is a little piece of removable gummy substance you can attach to your toy to help with a difficult pose, an uneven surface, an uncooperative accessory or a stiff wind.

The Basics (part 3)

By popular demand (read one request) I was asked to review the basics of macro photography. If you don’t know what macro photography is…it is simply the art of taking pictures close up of small objects. The Basics: 1) Use a tripod or equivalent: When you are focusing on such a small object, camera shake …

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