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Elements Of Design part 2

Elements Of Design Part 2

Texture, Shape, Form, and Colour as Elements of Design

Continuing from last week’s post about the elements of design, in this post we’ll take a quick look at:  texture, shape, form and colour.

Texture is very much a part of our lives and even our speech; words describing texture are common:  a rough day, soft touch, sharp mind are just a few examples.  Looking for ways to feature texture in our images can be ...

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Elements of Design and Rebel Photographers

Exploring the elements of design:  lines, symmetry and pattern

To me, photography is an art of observation.  It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.  Elliot Erwitt

I believe Elliot is onto something.  The way we see things distinguishes rebel photographers from the rest of the herd.  And the most direct route to seeing things differently is by looking for ...

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Point Of View

Point of View (POV)

The Rules and going beyond them:

When we were brand new to photography, chances are good we all did the same thing: raised the camera to eye level and pressed the shutter.  Of all the countless photographs taken every day and everywhere, the majority of images are shot from the perspective of 5-6’.  A great way to explore being a rebel photographer is to alter your point of view to lower or higher than ...

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Rule Of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds

The most well known composition rule is the rule of thirds.

The Rule of Thirds states we should compose the scene with interesting elements on imaginary intersecting points of the grid.  It is easy to understand and put into practice; people viewing our photos can navigate the scene because of a pleasing, balanced arrangement of elements within our composition.

But let’s be realistic for a moment – the subjects we choose to photograph always don’t fall nice and ...

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Rules and Rebels

Rules and rebels: an exploration of how curiosity leads to creativity

Whether we’re new to photography or seasoned shooters we’ve all heard the rules for capturing good, even great, photos:  the rule of thirds and other composition guidelines, proper exposure, the best light is within two hours of sunrise and before sunset, etc.  Many of these rules have stood the test of time and are, in fact, the means to an end: great photography.

And yet sometimes we want to ...

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Digital Media Strategy for Photographers

Digital Media Strategy for Photographers

You know that you should have an online presence, but where? You know that you need to be promoting yourself online, but how? Have you built a website, started a blog, created a Facebook page, and set up a Twitter account . . . then neglected them? You’re not alone.

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Many of us are afraid that we are going to do the wrong thing online, ...

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Photographers Burnout

Photographers and Burnout – NOT ME

Ever heard of photographer’s burnout?

While there are many successful photographers who are able to run their businesses with ease, there are just as many (and arguably more) photographers who set out to take great pictures and return with a jaded view of their art, clients, and photography business. The fun is so hard to find amidst the piles and piles of paperwork, money talk, and marketing …and don’t forget the ...

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Shooting for Success

Shooting for Success!

There are many factors that contribute to our success as photographers. One major factor is that we are artists at heart. Many of us love to produce art, or simply – great photographs, so we learn all there is to know about the workings of our cameras, and then we set out to do what we love! Only, it doesn’t end there. Soon enough come the realities of dealing with other people, and dealing with business, ...

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