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Digital Photography: Leading Lines

A leading line draws the eyes into a photograph and creates a greater sense of depth for the viewer. Leading lines are an element of landscape composition that create a 3D-like feel to a two-dimensional image. It takes practice to develop an eye for composing with leading lines – this technique is more artistic than, say, working with a camera itself. By introducing this compositional technique, we will give you an artistic and creative tool for your photographer’s toolkit.     Lead by Example Consider the above example with the fence and its shadow. Where do your eyes move as you...

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Creative Composition in Colder Months

Can you creatively compose nature photographs during winter months like February in Colorado? Of course you can! Keep these three concepts in mind when you begin composing a scene you would like to photograph in an artistic way. Identify unique shapes that engage the eye Capture tactile textures which provoke interest Question indescribable abstractions to heighten imagination Developing these techniques will allow you to have more fun photographing ice and snow and can be applied to summer scenes as well! The images are shown in black and white to emphasize the characteristics being...

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Adjusting Your ISO to Capture Natural Light and Drama

In my last blog, I discussed exploring your DSLR’s manual settings to create photos with some depth and punch. Manually choosing your aperture settings is one way. Today, we’ll talk about the importance of adjusting your ISO. In photography, ISO refers to film speed, or how sensitive film is to light. Digital cameras don’t use film, but they do have a sensor which behaves similarly, so the term stuck with the advent of digital cameras. The obvious benefit to digital photography is that you don’t’ have to change your film if you want to use a different speed. ISO values typically range from...

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Breaking Away From Automatic DSLR Modes: Working with Aperture

A decade ago, digital single-lens reflex cameras (also known as DSLRs) were used mainly by professional photographers and cost about $3,000—and only had 3 megapixels. Today, many popular camera manufacturers offer consumer-targeted entry-level DSLRs for as little as $500—with a whopping 18 megapixels. Many people have invested in DSLRs, but how many really know how to use them? With so many shooting options, non-professional photographers overwhelmed by their camera’s horsepower tend to rely on the camera’s automatic settings. While there’s nothing wrong with that, if you own a DSLR, you’re...

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Adobe Lightroom©, Photoshop©, or Photoshop Elements© – Which One is Right for You?

Adobe© is known for being the “big dog” when it comes to digital corrections and changes to images. In recent years, Photoshop© has even become a verb: for example, “Look at that photo – I bet they ‘Photoshopped’ it.” However, with so many software products out there, it seems to harder and harder to know which Photoshop© program will work best for us. Let’s take a step back and weigh the pros and cons of each program so you can decide which will work best for your needs. The Classic: Photoshop© Photoshop© has been around for the longest amount of time, and it is still the go to program for...

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