Once you have set up your space for doing food photography another important thing to look at is what props you will use. This will depend on the style and mood you are trying to create and what will suit the food you are presenting. Continue reading
Over the last year and a half I have learnt a lot about food photography and how to make it work in my living room or kitchen while stumbling over toys and fighting off the kids from taking a sample before I’ve managed to capture it. Continue reading
I have heard it said that to become a great photographer (or artist) you have to know the rules, but then you also have to know when and how to break them. I have to admit that I am not much of a rule breaker when it comes to photography, I have a natural affinity with doing things the “right way” and not using the boundaries. After looking through my work I did find that at times I did break the rules in subtle ways because I thought it looked good, so here are a few samples of work that I don’t think fit into the bounds of my composition guidelines. This is an area I could push myself more in in the future.
Framing images is something that I am naturally drawn to in creating images. When I was painting many of the works I created included visual framing through windows or archways so that naturally flowed over into my photography and I find many of my travel and architectural photographs include this.
Usually I would consider cropping as a part of post production in my work flow, but there is much to be said for taking the time to “crop” your images while you are taking them. Simply put you pay more attention to what is happening in the image and try to remove distracting elements, move in closer or change your perspective to create a tighter cropped image with more focus on the main subject.
On doing research on balance and symmetry I have found that people tend to lump them together as one and the same and although there are similarities in some ways I find the two quite different in how I would approach them.
This is a very simple thing photographers should be aware of when taking photos, but it is so easy to be distracted with your main subject you forget to check the rest of the frame for mergers. The most common places people would notice mergers would be something like a tree or pole coming out of some ones head or things cutting into the edge of the frame. Sometimes mergers can not be avoided, but more often than not a simple changing of your position or that or your subject can solve the problem. Continue reading
Leading lines and the s curve can be used to bring depth and movement to you picture drawing people in. With strategic use of lines whether as a curve or perspective lines you help lead the viewers eye into your photograph and create different moods. Continue reading
The Rule of Thirds is simple really – the idea is that you place your subject or main point of interest in one of the four points created when you cut an image into thirds or on the third lines. Lets use this image of a butterfly I took to see the different it can make to the composition of an image by the position of the butterfly.