Saturday, March 20, 2010

6 Rules of Compostition

by Saladin Montgomery
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As in the words of Andreas Feininger, an eminent American photographer, a photographer is like an artist who has the power to control the subject matter of his photography. He has the ability to control space, form, light, texture, speed, etc. The only one thing, on which he doesn't have control, is the 'composition'.

Composition is the process in which different elements or parts of an image are brought together to form a significant whole. A good picture cannot just be created with a click of a button, especially, when digital photography has made things easier and there are now a host of photography holidays and photography courses on offer making it even more accessible for everyone! The essence of a picture lies in its perfect composition.

Now, composition is something for which you need to have a different outlook apart from your passion for photography. While the basic rules are taught at the very beginning of a photography course or photography holiday, it is practice that makes a photographer perfect.

However, there are some basic rules of composition following which you can improve your skills as well as your photographs.

1. The Rule of Thirds: If you are on a photography holiday, then keep the Rule of Thirds on the top of the list while taking a photograph. This is the most important rule of composition as far as placing the subject matter of your picture is considered. According to this, a frame is first divided into three horizontal and vertical parts. The subject, when placed at the intersection of these lines, makes the best shot. This rule is also applicable when there is more than one subject. Photographers capturing a landscape can decide how much horizon to focus on with the help of this rule. This makes the picture more focused.

2. Frame: Framing includes the use of natural surroundings to add depth to the subject. This can be anything like a window, doorway, tree, etc. Using this rule can help you to focus on the subject and bring it to light. In certain cases, it is better to use a dark frame so that the subject achieves maximum brightness. For the depth, it is better to use a narrow aperture. Such techniques are frequently used by photographers on nature or wildlife photography holidays.

3. Texture: The texture of the subject photographed generates interest in other's mind. This rule is important while picturing leaves, rocks or walls. To make the texture stand out, focus should be on the angle of the light. If the light comes from the side, then the creation of shadows in perfect places will highlight the texture more.

4. Lead Lines: At times, straight, curved or parallel lines in a photograph are helpful in grabbing the attention towards a subject. Keep this in mind while photographing a road, stream, river, bridge, etc. The diagonal placement of these objects is preferred over a horizontal appearance.

5. Colour: This is an essential element in photography whether it is digital photography or still photography. Vibrant colours make a picture look alive and a good composition of one or more colours can make a picture stand out.

6. Simplicity: Last but not the least, keep the picture simple, especially, when the subject is in close focus. In such cases, it is advisable to keep the background as simple as possible.

These are the fundamental rules of composition that should be considered while taking a picture. Though the rules of composition are an integral part of all photography courses in London and photography holidays, it is better to have hands on experience on it.

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Saladin Montgomery sugest some basic rules of composition. A good picture cannot just be created with a click of a button, especially, when digital photography has made things easier and there are now a host of photography holidays and photography courses on offer making it even more accessible for everyone! The essence of a picture lies in its perfect composition.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tips To Get High Quality Canvas Photos

Submitted by ars.canvasdezign
Sat, 30 May 2009

Canvas photos are found in most of the homes these days. People get their photographs on canvas and put them onto the walls of their homes. It is a welcome option for those who are bored of putting their photos in conventional frames. At the same time, printing photos on canvas helps them decorate their homes too. Canvas photos are very economical compared to expensive paintings.

If you wish to get canvas photos, here are some tips to get high quality canvas prints:

1. There are various online companies that offer cheap canvas prints. You can make a thorough research on the Internet to find out the best canvas prints company. You must find out about its range of services, the technology and software used for printing photos on canvas, the price of canvas prints and similar other useful details.

2. Once you have chosen the company, you can upload your photograph on that particular website to get it printed on the canvas. The photographs on canvas company will thoroughly examine your photo. It will ensure that the dimensions, quality etc. of the photo is perfect for canvas print. Once it is satisfied, it will use digital art technology for printing photos on canvas.

3. A good canvas photos company will always offer you tailor made services to meet your needs. You will be allowed to choose the size of canvas photos, the format of canvas prints, and style of frame. Custom canvas photos offer you best value for your money.

One such company that provides custom canvas photos at affordable rates is Canvas Dezign. You can get photographs on canvas in different sizes. Also, it lets you get a preview of the prints on canvas before they are finally delivered to you. If you are not satisfied, they can make changes in colours and style or add special effects to meet your needs. Apart from photos printed on canvas, you can also check out the exclusive canvas prints and designs that are available with the company.

Conrad is a very well known author who writes articles on topics like Canvas Prints, Canvas Photos and Photos on Canvas.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Obama Outlines Revamp of Education

Comments on: Wallstreet Journal article: Obama Outlines Sweeping Education Revamp

Journal--The Obama version would essentially flip the government's focus by setting firmer, nation-wide goals for success while allowing more latitude for how states reach those goals. The proposal would also judge schools by the growth of individual students instead of overall class performance. The aim is to assure that high school graduates are "college-ready and career-ready."

While I like the first sentence of this paragraph I do not see how the second sentence could be maintained without introducing an option to assure that every student received the individual attention needed to meet the standard set for graduation. But, I do agree that big government needs to butt out of state and local matters. I would add that the teachers unions need to be reigned in as well.

While keeping in mind that today’s education system must meet the needs of society tomorrow it must also be realized that math, reading, penmanship, comprehension, science, history, geography and sociology must be taught. The methods used to teach these subjects need to be perfected, but the need for those subjects to be taught today are no less important that they were yesterday. Their importance will remain, or our education system will continue to suffer.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Add Beauty To Your Home With Floral Canvas Prints

 Iris - film format.
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Submitted by ars.canvasdezign
Sat, 30 May 2009

Floral canvas prints are by far the most common type of print used in interiors. The reason for this is that the prints are appealing to the eye and make the room livelier. But if you are bored of using floral photographs or curtains but still want these prints in your interiors then you can opt for canvas prints that have floral prints on them.

Are you wondering what canvas prints are? It is basically a technique wherein the digital photographs are converted and are printed on canvas. The canvas art print is different from the general photographs or paintings that are used to decorate the walls. It is in fact the combination of both and is unique in itself.

For the canvas prints, you can make use of your own photographs or use any other floral pictures that are available with you. There are companies that can help you to get the photographs converted into canvas prints. When selecting a company, make sure that it provides you with good quality products at the most affordable price.

Apart from floral photographs you can send in your own photographs that can be converted into canvas prints and maybe used as a wall hanging in your home. Abstract designs are also very popular for canvas print and they look very appealing. If you wish to know about these canvas prints or want to get one for yourself then you can contact CanvasDezign. Here you can find existing designs to choose from and also have the option to send your photographs that can be transferred on the canvas.

For a small size canvas print the image should be at least 250Kb in size while for larger image it should be 500kb. The image can have a wrap around edge or may also have a blank white edge as per your preference. The chosen photograph can be re-coloured so that it suits your interior and colour theme. Special effects can also be added to your picture to make it unique.

The gallery on the website would provide you with information about the other types of designs that can be used for your canvas art prints. Apart from floral canvas prints, it includes designs related to wildlife, children, abstract designs and landscapes, geometric designs and other attractive designs that can be converted into canvas prints. Visit the website to learn more about canvas prints and get them for your home.
Conrad is a very well known author who writes articles on topics like Canvas Prints, Canvas Photos and Photos on Canvas.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Important Digital Photography Tips That Beginners Should Know

Nikon D200, 24mm, f/8 @ 1/45 second.
Hey people! It's almost over. We are in the middle of March. So, will someone please tell the weatherman that he can stop this crap at any time: ). This shot was taken February 8, 2010 from my balcony in Edmond, Oklahoma.
I am always uneasy about getting articles from directories. I keep wondering if I am doing it right, the legal way. But, the following is an article that was in Article Cube. I apologize to Article Cube and the author if I have done this wrong, and I ask them to please contact Keith:

By Darren Flanagan

The Digital Camera is one of the great inventions of the technological age, it won't change the world but it does help capture that great moment in time, in your life. Here, we walk the amateur photographer through some of the best digital photography tips that can bring on a photographers skills in leaps and bounds. These tips can help you become a better photographer and help you feel more comfortable and confident with your camera.

Get to know your camera and how to use it properly. Each digital camera has its own individual modes and functions. The best way to get to know your camera is to read the instruction manual which comes with it. Don't just throw it out.

Even on sunny days you still might need to use your flash outdoors. Sometimes, when taking photographs on a sunny day the sun can throw dark patches or shadows on your subjects. Using the flash on the camera can help brighten up the subjects in the photo.

Learning how to hold your camera properly can help you from deleting wasted shots from your camera at a later stage. Hold your camera tightly in both hands, in order to avoid that dreaded shake in your shot. Try and keep your limbs and watches/jewellery behind the lens. Also, when pushing the capture button, push it gently and make sure that the camera doesn't move. If possible you can use a tripod.

If you're not planning to use you digital camera for long periods then make sure to remove the batteries from the camera. Sometimes the batteries will leak within the camera which is not good and can cause damage. Better to be safe than sorry.

Check your local area for camera clubs or groups. You could join a local photography club or group and get any queries or questains that you have answered. Another amateur photographer is bound to be experiencing the same issues as you. Maybe you could accompany a more experienced photographer on a shoot and see if you can pick up any tips.

There's no need to go mad and buy the most expensive equipment right at the start. Use a cheap and easy camera starting off so that you can get to know the basics first. It's easier and cheaper to iron out the problems at the start and buy more expensive equipment as you get more confident.

Study other photographers work and try and learn from them. Visit photographic competitions or galleries and maybe you will pick up some tips or ideas for your own photographs. Try not to copy the works you have studied but develop your own style from the ideas you pick up and bring it out in your photos.

These are just some of the best digital photography tips that I remember being given when I started off with my first digital camera. Being able to get the basics right in digital photography is the key to getting those developed, skillful shots.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dodge Ram 3500

My son brought this truck home the other day for me to photograph. It is a 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 with a Cummins diesel engine, and it is loaded. He has since sold it through e-Bay. That is what he does for a living.
I will soon try to start posting again on a regular basis. I have a few more things to straighten out first. And, I am hoping to begin advertising this site soon, and add contributing authors and photographers to the mix.