Photography Tip: Composition

13 years 7 months ago - 11 years 2 months ago #6010 by PhotographyTalk


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13 years 7 months ago #6015 by flyingv
Great Video!


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13 years 6 months ago - 13 years 6 months ago #8127 by Karl Wertanen
One thing i do not believe he mentioned was the use of a sturdy tripod (at least for landscape and macro photography). You can hand hold your camera and get really good compositions... but for me and many other photographers, the difference between a creating a "good" composed image and the "best" composed image is acquired with a sturdy tripod. When you use a tripod, it helps you make the perfection out of the placement of your subject in the frame of the camera. It allows you to externally hold your camera in place as you tweak the subject here, tweak the subject there, play with focal length of your lenses, get the right exposure settings and so forth. For example, if you are looking for that perfect early morning sunrise shot or late evening sunset shot, you show up early, get everything preset "just to perfection", lock it in place, and you can wait (also allowing you to actually step back and enjoy whats beginning to happen around you). Doing this guarantees that you will get the same "just right, perfectly tweaked" composition through all the various changing light phases and allows you have enough time to get the proper exposure setting. Not only that, the tripod slows you down and lets you think about what it is you are doing in stead of click, click, click, and it lets you concentrate more on the "art of photography" rather than the art of "fix it on the computer later". Even if your main purpose of the shot you take is to artistically alter it in photoshop, your tripod will save you lots of valuable time in front of your computer. For the best possible image, your tripod is just as necessary as the camera you use.


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13 years 3 months ago #34984 by chasrich
Loved it! The video that is... I liked your photo too Karl.

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just make pictures… ” ~ Vernon Trent
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13 years 2 months ago #35786 by jhepoi1986
nice video,, now i've learn something today....


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13 years 2 months ago #35797 by chasrich
At minute 8:30 the author talks about divine proportion. I had heard about this and was a bit curious when he mentioned it. Coincidentally I got a email with this link -

Fibonacci numbers - The Fingerprint of God

Which also led to this one...

Golden Ratio in Human Body

This is a subject I need to explore further when I get the time. Take a minute to give a looksee and tell me what you think.

“Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light, I just make pictures… ” ~ Vernon Trent
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13 years 2 months ago #39364 by McBeth Photography

chasrich wrote: At minute 8:30 the author talks about divine proportion. I had heard about this and was a bit curious when he mentioned it. Coincidentally I got a email with this link -

Fibonacci numbers - The Fingerprint of God

Which also led to this one...

Golden Ratio in Human Body

This is a subject I need to explore further when I get the time. Take a minute to give a looksee and tell me what you think.


Very cool! I might just read up on this myself!!!

It is what it is.
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12 years 10 months ago #115147 by msmotors
:) I like the divine proportions.. I never heard that before!


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12 years 5 months ago #187800 by ddazd35

How do I take an image (that has already been taken) and make the background of the photo black without messing with the photo's main image.

So to take a rose in its natural setting and turn the background back after the fact. I dont want to cut the rose off the bush and place it on a black background.

Any suggestions


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12 years 5 months ago - 12 years 5 months ago #187807 by mattmoran

ddazd35 wrote:


How do I take an image (that has already been taken) and make the background of the photo black without messing with the photo's main image.

So to take a rose in its natural setting and turn the background back after the fact. I dont want to cut the rose off the bush and place it on a black background.

Any suggestions


I think this should probably be a new topic. But if you are talking about a photo of a real rose (and not the photo of the tattoo that you attached) then you can make the background black by using a flash when you take the picture. Like in the video in this thread.

If you mean modifying the tattoo picture so that the tattoo is "disembodied" from it's current subject, then I think you will want to play with photoshop.

Hope this helps.

-Matt
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12 years 5 months ago - 11 years 2 months ago #187833 by icepics
Karl, that's a stunning photo. While I haven't done landscapes or used a tripod, I think you gave some good insight. I often set up for a shot, then wait til I have the right circumstances to get the photo I want.

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Sharon
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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #315073 by Metalstorm
Fantastic presentation mate!
Althought I had a chucked when you mentioned you can't see the lines of third (or something to that affect!)
Don't most camera have the option to switch on the line of third? :-)
Love the divine proportion rule as I have never head of it....


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10 years 6 months ago #315075 by Tuscan Muse
:goodpost:

Karl- your image is just stuning!
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10 years 6 months ago #315175 by garyrhook

Metalstorm wrote: Don't most camera have the option to switch on the line of third?


That feature does not exist on my D5100,


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10 years 6 months ago #315195 by Metalstorm
did you mean it does not exist when viewing through the eyepiece?
Because it does exist in Live View display according to the manual pdf downloadable at: www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/dslrD5100_EN.pdf
It's on Page48 of the pdf, but they call it "Framing grid"

I have three Nikon DSLRs, D90, D700 and D4. All three shows the line of third in live view and when looking through the eyepiece.
Guess I would be very surprised if your D5100 doesn't display this in the eyepiece as well.


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