Triptych Photography 101

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In photography, there are lots of crazy semantics to understand!  Everything from ISO’s and apertures, to shutters, diopters and f-stops, ASA’s and guide numbers are all part of the craft.  Heck, there’s even one called the “circle of confusion” – and you can quickly get lost in the sea of words and acronyms in photography. One that I can’t believe I’ve not talked about here before is a triptych!  It’s pretty simple actually when you break it down really though, so fear not.  Here’s your beginner’s guide to triptych photography!

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Color Mechanics and Your Camera


When it comes to photography, one of the most important things to consider outside of composition is color mechanics.  Color mechanics and how your camera interprets color is always a topic that makes for great discussion.  In fact,  I’ve touched on the topic of color and your camera/monitor as it relates to photography in the past.  Here are some articles I’ve written that speak to color and your camera:

Color and It’s Impact on File Size

The Power of Color

5 Elements of Control #2 – Color

Hot and Cold Lighting

Each of these speaks to how color mechanics can be so powerful in your imagery, whether it’s file size, the power of it in composition, or even it’s impact on lighting.  What I came across yesterday, just added another element to the larger discussion…editing and post production!  The video came through my email via Digg on Sunday. If you’re interested in the mechanics, math, and such of how color is calculated for digital displays, specifically when editing – this is a must see!

Clearly, the concept of color mechanics really can be discussed and evaluated to the Nth degree. That said, some content does better than others at demonstrating and explaining it clearly and in an understandable format.  I’ve tried on the occasions referenced above, but the video was such a cool way to explain it, figured it would be worth sharing.


All that said, what are your thoughts on color in photography?  Are you in agreement that color is a fundamental topic of importance that needs understanding?  Or do you think that color mechanics is not as important in the grand scheme of things?  What other topics or talking points would you consider “fundamental” to understanding photography?

In Photography Timing is Everything!


About two weeks ago I was taking the dog for her morning constitutional in the park. I was particularly struck by the fall foliage that surrounded me at the time, suggesting that my photography timing was nearly perfect for the season: IMG_4002.JPG

Sure enough, when we wast forward two weeks to yesterday afternoon at the same location, the colors were much more subdued, the blue skies gone (replaced with gray), and the water reflecting the same flat colors of the environment:


It’s not quite the same scene now is it? The teaching point here is that beautiful photographs are not just pointing your camera at anything and expecting it to be this wonderful thing. Making great photos takes time and commitment.

It also takes having some sort of creative vision. Countless people upload photos to Flickr, Smugmug and the like daily. Most are coming from mobile devices these days. Few are good, and even fewer inspire. If you want to inspire, find that vision, and make it happen.  That means your photography timing, in addition to your photographic vision, your photographic skills, your photographic composition, and so much more all need to sync up to create that magical scene!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – beautiful photography comes from within. What do you want to capture?