Improving image eye flow by creating corner exits

Back in the day when I was working in corporate life I gained quite a bit of experience creating and managing advertising, usually print based. When we designed ads it became second nature for us to constantly think about fundamental concepts like visual depth, dominating elements, and ad balance. The goal was to achieve good eye flow in the ad. Since leaving corporate life I’ve tried to apply what I learned about advertising design to my photography.
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Using Foreground Elements in Landscape Photography

Often when we are creating images, especially landscapes, we can get so focused on the main subject that we forget to think about incorporating a foreground element to help add depth and drama to our scene. There are a number of different approaches we can use. In this short article I’ll be illustrating three simple and effective ways you can incorporate foreground elements into your images. The first is something that I like to call a ‘bottom band’ during my landscape seminars. Continue reading Using Foreground Elements in Landscape Photography

Photographing Captive Reptiles with Nikon 1

In many ways Nikon 1 gear is ideally suited to taking photographs of captive reptiles because of its light weight, portability, and the comparatively short minimum focusing distance of 1 Nikon lenses. In this article I’ll be discussing some of the things you can do to create some interesting images when using this equipment. Continue reading Photographing Captive Reptiles with Nikon 1

How to Make Simple Perspective Adjustments Using DxO ViewPoint 2

Many times when taking images of buildings or when doing street photography it can be important to apply perspective adjustments to correct distracting angles. There are a number of software programs that can be used to correct perspectives. I find DxO ViewPoint 2 very effective and easy to use. This article demonstrates how to do a couple of common adjustments. Continue reading How to Make Simple Perspective Adjustments Using DxO ViewPoint 2

Nikon 1 Waterfall Photography Tips

As an owner of a Nikon 1 V2 and a selection of Nikon 1 lenses I’m always looking for ways to extend the use of this compact-sized camera system. I thought it would be an interesting challenge to try and photograph a waterfall with the Nikon 1 system. Continue reading Nikon 1 Waterfall Photography Tips