Perspective: a small thing that makes a big difference

It sounds cliché to say, “it’s all a matter of perspective”, but in photography a slight change in your camera’s position can make a big difference to the overall look of your final image. Let me take you on a recent expedition to a local field to show you what I mean.
by Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary

The Formula
Well, there really isn’t one, except perhaps – move and shoot (or is that, shoot and move). Each scene is different, but your viewer will be far more engaged if you offer an unusual view of your subject. Some suggestions include;
Shoot higher than eye level
Shoot lower than eye level
Shoot straight up or straight down
Move in close or back away
Frame your subject – use a door, window, arch, tree branch (this is a whole blog post on its own)
Switch lenses or focal lengths (again another blog post)
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Perspective: a small thing that makes a big difference
more by Peter Baumgarten
at Olympus

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Take Better Travel Photographs

How to make the most of your next trip and return home with a portfolio of memorable images.
Text & Photography by Ken Kaminesky

One of the challenge of making portfolio-worthy photographs when traveling in new places is fnding a balance between focusing on image making and simply being present and absorbing the experience …
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Take Better Travel Photographs
more in Outdoor Photographer – May 2019

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Portraits by Elena Mironova | Елена Миронова

Portraits
by Elena Mironova | Елена Миронова

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Portraits
by Elena Mironova | Елена Миронова
more at 35photo

Exposure Photo Workshop By Jeff Wignall

Master exposure and enhance your professionalism
Since the first edition of this book, camera technology has seen dramatic improvements. Light, however, hasn’t changed—nor has the importance of just the right exposure. Master photographer Jeff Wignall, assisted by a stunning sampler of images, shows you exactly how to visualize an effect, truly see the light, and work with your camera’s sophisticated controls to capture the perfect photo.

Learn these techniques and watch your images develop a new dimension.
Understand what makes good exposure and how it creates a mood
Learn to adjust ISO, aperture, and shutter speed in various combinations for different results
Work with natural light at different times of day
Venture into night photography and experiment with creative effects
Explore the wide variety of flash techniques
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Exposure Photo Workshop, 2nd Edition By Jeff Wignall
via books

Alex Noriega | Featured Photographer

Photography Masterclass Magazine speak to USA Landscape Photographer Of The Year and International Landscape Photographer Of The Year, Alex Noriega, whose incredible images have been featured in numerous publications worldwide.

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Alex Noriega | Featured Photographer
more in Photography Masterclass Magazine

The Challenge

Photographers are very familiar with the challenges faced in their line of work. They often have to deal with challenges in order to be able to capture the right image at the right moment and deliver the intended message or provoke the right feelings. However, this category is about conveying the theme of challenge in a clear manner either in the way the photograph was shot or in its content and subject matter. The scope is quite wide; the challenge could be shown in the composition of the picture, the arrangement of its elements, sequence, the lighting, or in expressing the odd and unusual (without digital manipulation). It can be in capturing a fleeting moment that may never pass again, or in delivering a piece of information or situation that is quite hard for most people to do. Don’t limit your mind to what the challenge may be; seek it and capture it.

Grang Prize Winner
Landfill Ballerina
Arash Yaghmaeian | United States of America
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1st Winner
A Butterfly in Water
Giulio Montini | Italy
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2nd Winner
Knowledge, the Most Powerful Weapon
Adel El Masri | Palestinian Territory
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3rd Winner
A Fight for Survival
Mohammad Khorshid | Kuwait
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The Challenge
more at HIPA

Find your Muse

Professional photographer Sean Archer reveals the difficulties faced while searching for the perfect model.

There’s a question I get every day: “Where do you get all these models? Where do you ind these gorgeous girls?” This is the most popular question at my workshops. A few days ago, I asked my followers on Instagram what the most dificult part is for them as portrait photographers – and again, the most popular answer was ‘inding models’. More than 70 per cent chose this one. So it’s a real problem.

This is because the term ‘model’ often refers to a highly attractive, extremely photogenic young girl. When you work with such models you can get a lot of good-looking – and probably popular – shots. But I believe that popularity is secondary. Ahead of that, you have to be a good portrait photographer; and to be good, you have to train with real people around you – with a lot of different people.

Five years ago I started to work with my friends – because who else will pose for you if you’re an absolute beginner and don’t have a portfolio? Of course, my first shots were bad. We all have to start somewhere. After three months, I realised how to use natural light, understood camera settings and found a good way of post-processing. And again, I asked my friends to pose for me. They didn’t complain – usually the photo shoot is a lot of fun – and the quality of my work rose a lot. My friends were happy to upload my portraits to their Facebook and Instagram profiles.

That was the turning point. A lot of people started to ask them who the photographer was – they found out it was me, and that I worked for free. Yes, photography is my passion and I was ready to work for free. Really, I never thought about money at all, and I worked for free for my irst two years, shooting anybody who wanted to do it. Absolutely anybody – male, female, different ages, weights and heights. It was a great experience for me. I would say it was necessary for me to grow as a portrait photographer.

I know it’s much easier to make good portraits of attractive and photogenic professional models – but if you’re really good, you can make a good portrait of real people around you. So don’t wait for the perfect model: they are already around you. Work with people you’re comfortable with: your friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, parents, children – anyone. Learn light and camera settings, posing and postproduction, composition and colour, then try to make it better every time.

Your skills are more important than everything else. That’s for sure.

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Find your Muse
Professional photographer Sean Archer reveals the difficulties faced while searching for the perfect model.

via Digital Photographer – Issue 189