Posts tagged “Nikon

Studio No.5

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When studying table top photography a good understanding of diffusion helps, as well as the various tools to help with diffusion (not just soft boxes, but things like bed sheets and shower curtains). The larger the source of light and closer it is to the subject, the softer it will be and the farther away the harder the light.


Studio Work

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This week I will write about doing still life photography at home (table top photography).  I use a real table and not a product box. I use different kinds of flash, mainly Godox brand; reliable and relatively inexpensive. I also use various stands and background, some store bought some DIY. Being able to control all the light and in doing so learn about light is a great way to improve my photography.


Why No. 7

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Having revealed my thinking on photography this week, let me end by saying photography is many things to many people. Memories, art, information, and entertainment are all reasons for photography, and these too are all a part of why I am a photographer.


Why No. 6

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Photography has been a fall back when professional pressures and personal pressures weighed. It is a world where what matters is what matters to me. Selfish as that sounds it’s a healthy out.


Why No. 5

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Photography has a steep learning curve just to get the basics under one’s belt. And then there are the varieties and types of photography. Photojournalism was an early love, that became street photography, concert photography, later nature photography, macro photography and a keen interest in studio work. In each I learned, in each I have had my ups and downs, but the successes and satisfaction far outweighed the failures.


Why No. 4

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Photography has introduced me to people who have become good friends, the world of insects, a love of the technique and applications of photography and a host of other things. It has expanded my world in a way nothing else could for me.


Why No. 3

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In normal times I would say photography gets me out of the house and into nature. But even in these times tainted by the pandemic, I end up working out both physically and mentally when working on photography. Or so my back tells me.


Why No. 2

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Photography allows me to show others what I see and how I see it. Not quite a statement about my world, but a sense of what interests me, what motivates me.


Why Am I a Photographer?

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I’ll start by saying it’s been years since I made a buck on my photography and frankly that is a good thing. Being an an amateur frees me up to do things my way, shoot what I want to shoot etc. “Why, am I photographer” is the question of the week.

 


Angles

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This is the side of a barn. No matter how hard I tried I could not find a level line to work with. So I left it rather than use Photoshop to fix what was not broken.


Discards

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Discards or a feature in the garden. Who knows, I was just walking by.


ODD No.2

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This is a recently refurbished building. The one thing they did not fix was the out of place pillar. However, it does add to the surreal nature of modern buildings.


Not a Real Rabbit

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I am fond of rabbits. I have come across them in the wild and they make for great photography. When I saw this effigy of a rabbit it made me smile.

 


Human Reflection

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I like working with reflections but it is rare to include people in my compositions. There is an exception to everything.


Symmetry

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Architecture often has a strong symmetrical element, sometimes complicated by neighbouring buildings. This downtown courtyard catches my eye every time I pass, quiet in the midst of chaos.


ODD

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It was an odd piece of art on the edge of a building, so I took an odd approach with a dutch tilt.


The Subject

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Regardless of any other element of the photo, a viewer should not have to guess the subject. Limited depth of field is the best tool to avoid confusion.


That Background

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It is clear that backgrounds are very important. We don’t want them to distract. However, an oddity in a background can be support for the foreground. Depending on your own tastes the tilt of the wall could be an example.


In Your Face

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I have read that centering a subject, highlighting it by composition is a prescription for a dull and unworthy photo. Nonsense.


Shape as Subject

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The brief time it takes to determine the subject is also the time the mind is focusing on shape and other clues. Creating a photo where the only clues are shapes, helps engage an audience.


Lighting and Focus

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It should be no surprise that light also helps focus attention on a subject. Anomalies in lighting, like the partially lit flower in this photo, can subconsciously engage the audience.


Imperfections

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Life goes on with all it flaws, perfection is relatively rare. I think that sometimes it can be the enemy of our best efforts in photography, as in all things.


Focus

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Depth of field permits us to choose what we want to be in focus. It’s a judgement call. The decision is also part of every photographer’s style.


Gull

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This bird captures that look that many of the gulls I see have – mean, narrow eyed, like some nasty manager in a big box store, but I digress.