Question: “What is considered a good photograph?” or “How can I make a good photograph?”
Photography is essentially a form of media for communication and self-expression. Photography has much in common with writing. In writing, we choose words and construct them to form sentences. In photography, we use visual elements (line, shape, patter, color, light, etc.) and then construct them with composition (one-third rule, line, perspective, focus, frame, etc.).
Writing is considered good writing when it is straight to the point and is highly understandable to its readers. Good writing is filled with interesting ideas and meaning, and they have proper grammar making them easy to read and understand.
Similar to good writing, good photography needs a certain subject and clear idea without any disruptive elements. A good photograph also has a well-organized composition of visual elements.
Essentially, a good photograph is a photograph that corresponds with our desired intentions. For example, if we want to create a mysterious and eerie atmosphere, a dark and shady photograph would be more suitable than brightly lit photographs. If we want our photographs to encourage change, like for example to encourage people to care about the environment, then our photographs need to be filled with the message of environment preservation and so on.
In short, there are a few points we need to pay attention to in order to achieve good photographs: Read the rest of this entry »
Light, we all know, is everything in photography. No wonder then that it is so hard to work with a digital camera’s flash. Sure, everyone can get a half decent shot about half of the time by relying on the built-in meter and auto-exposure system, but the results will be disappointing as often as not. As with so many things in life, there is a right way and a wrong way to work with you camera’s flash.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help your flash photography.
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Many assumes that the shutter count of a camera determines the age of the camera. There’s some truth in that, but it’s not all there is to it. Sure, the more frequently a camera is used, the greater the chance of damage but the figures on the shutter count can’t be used as a reference to the length of the camera’s remaining working life. Maybe you’ve read in several web reviews about the maximum counts of say the 5Dmk II which is 100k shutter counts while the 1D mk IV can reach up to 200k counts. But that’s just a guesstimate of the count and not the definitive value. Here are some things you should consider that can affect the performance of your camera: Read the rest of this entry »
Sensors allow DSLR cameras to capture light and produce the digital image. It is, in short, the heart of a DSLR camera. Because they are charged, they have a strong tendency to attract dust particles. Properly keeping the lens cap on when the camera is not in use would usually be enough to protect the sensor from dirt. Of course situations may still arise that can dirty up the sensor and this would necessitate opening the camera and cleaning the component.
These notes on cleaning your digital camera are for your reference only. If you choose to clean your own digital camera, you do it at your own risk. Much is written about how to clean your camera’s sensors and everyone has their own opinion and methods that work best for them. The information I am supplying reflect the way I work in which you can use to do further research to make your own sensor cleaning decisions. Read the rest of this entry »
Photography consists of the ancient Greek words “photos” meaning “light” and “graphein” meaning “draw/graph”. So essentially, photography is the practice of drawing with light. So if we’re too dependent on photo-editing programs (such as Photoshop) to create a good photograph, then do we still deserve to be called photographers? Here are some statements as food for thought for those who feel they are photographers.
– Relying on Photoshop is not a crime; it will only hinder the development of your insights in photography.
– A good photograph as a result of Photoshop will not make you proud of carrying a camera.
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