With the sunsetting of my Canon 40D, and embarking on the journey to video content with the 70D, for my first sample video here of how to present video footage, I’d like to share a technique I used to fade a subject into focus. This is one of the wonderful things with video that stills simply cannot accomplish. Not only do you get the visual, but you also get the sense of the cool breeze that softly moves a flower. Read more
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:
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?
Just another moment in time, but this serves to illustrate that the art of photography is a combination of a number of things. While the litany of “things” that encompass what truly makes an image good versus boring is open to conjecture, I would propose a short list of the following: Read more