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June 2021

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Make It Your Own

There is currently a lot of discussion over the question of originality in landscape photography. With ever-increasing numbers of images being presented online, some feel that there is a tendency for landscape photographers simply to travel from one well-known destination to another, doing little more than copy other people's work. ...

Catch Their Eye

The mention of eye contact will always fuel an interesting debate among street photographers. If someone is looking at the camera, can the shot be considered truly candid? Does it matter? Probably not: it's more of a convention than a necessity, and the decision will depend on your approach to street shooting and your aims for that particular shot. ...

Be Spontaneous

Landscape photographers are encouraged to meticulously plan and prepare. Using a host of apps, they calculate the sun's precise position, view detailed weather graphs, and access up-to-the minute tide charts. Some apps even predict if there is likely to be a colorful sky or not. ...

Make it go ‘POP’

We live in a cluttered world and distracting backgrounds can ruin an otherwise strong street image, with the main subject just blending in with other elements in the frame. To avoid this you sometimes need to find a clean, contrasting background to ensure your subject "pops;' and there's no better way to make your subject ("figure") pop out of the background ("ground") than to have a strong figure-to-ground ratio. For street photographers that simply means separating the foreground interest from the background clutter. ...

Return to the Scene

No two photographs are exactly the same. You can stand in the same place, use the same camera set-up, and compose your image identically, but the result will still be different. The landscape is constantly changing. Each season will transform the landscape, while the time of day, light, and weather will dictate the mood. Your brief for this assignment is to photograph the same view at different times for an entire year, to capture how that view changes with each of the four seasons. ...

All the Right Angles

Strong lines are everywhere we look in the built environment. Whether it is horizontals, verticals, diagonals, zigzags, or curves, lines can help you create images with a strong graphic element, often acting as leading lines to draw the viewer's eye toward a main point of interest, such as a person. ...

Go Long

Due to their stretched perspective, wide angle lenses are the obvious choice for photographing landscapes. But it is not healthy for your photography to grow over-reliant on any one lens. Therefore, for this assignment, you must only use a focal length of 200mm or longer. ...

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique developed during the Renaissance, which uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional_forms. In photography, think of it as simply meaning strong and bold contrasts between light and dark areas in an image. It all adds up to a more mysterious atmosphere as it creates impact and contrast between highlights and shadows in a photo. ...

Nifty Fifty

Unsurprisingly, zoom lenses are popular today and their versatility means they are the mainstay of many photographers' kit bags. However, zooms can also make photographers lazy when composing shots and it is important to learn when it is better to physically move the camera in order to create the best perspective or shooting angle....