Category Archives: Composition 101

Anatomy of a Photograph

One of the marks of people who are good at something is that they make what they do seem so easy.  Good photographers make it not only seem effortless but also entirely automatic within the equipment.    A few weeks … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Let it Snow! Let it Glow!

As I write today, the yo-yo winter we’ve been having is giving me warm, blue skies and sunshine.  Perfect day for shooting?  Last week I had an even better photo day.  Pea-soup fog over a snowy landscape gave me a … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Anticipating the Moment

Whether you are taking pictures of sporting events, family celebrations or on assignment, you find that often times actions happen so fast you can’t get the camera swung around fast enough to catch it — if you aren’t prepared. You … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Understanding ISO Ratings

The level of sensitivity to light as determined by the International Organization on Standards.  With film cameras, the ISO rating is used for a particular film type to tell how sensitive it is.  Ratings generally range from 50 (not very … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Matter of Perspective

One of the more common mistakes made by novice photographers – and occasionally the seasoned ones as well- is not watching the background and finding after the picture is taken that there appears to be a lamp post growing out … Continue reading

Posted in Art Thoughts, Composition 101, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Shadow Pupperty

In the late evening and early morning hours, when many photographers find the light the most magical, there is often the issue of avoiding the photographer’s own shadow. Some opt to shoot past the shadow when the sun is to … Continue reading

Posted in Art Thoughts, Composition 101 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Lucky Shot?

I showed a friend a recent shot one time of a dragonfly sitting on a cattail leaf.  Her reply was, “Wow! Lucky shot!” It takes a lot of hard work and patience to make it look that easy.  Anticipating the … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pan It!

 It’s dusk.  Your flash doesn’t reach to the subject.  The subject is moving fast.  The camera is shooting at a very slow shutter speed.  You hold the camera steady and the background is clear, but your subject is a blurry … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101, Trouble-shooting | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Blur Can Be Beatiful!

Ever tried shooting in a darkened room and ended up with everything coming out as streaks, jagged lines and ghosts?  A camera needs a certain amount of light to take a picture.  One way to get enough light is to … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Composition 101.3: Exploring All the Angles

There’s an adage among photographers that the better you get at photography, the more pictures you throw out.  Not only do photographers get to be more and more selective and critical of their work, but we take more and more … Continue reading

Posted in Composition 101 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment