Bite-sized composition in photography

We’ve all heard the old maxim “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”  It is solid sage wisdom and deserves every photographer’s attention.  When photographers discuss composition and framing, we usually think of the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, and the golden mean; however, it can be helpful to apply the age-old wisdom of not biting off more …

Focus and recompose, or compose and focus?

Portrait photography often means short depth-of-field.  In fact, when the photographer is close to the subject and a low aperture (such as f/1.8) is used, then the depth-of-field an be as short as one inch (3 centimeters?).  Even slight variations in focus can take the focus off the model’s eye and make it slightly blurry.  In portrait photography, the eyes …

$5 Photography accessory will save your bacon

Get out your wallet.  Trust me on this one… you need this little thing.  Your camera costs hundreds or thousands of dollars and you often go out shooting where you’re away from shelter.  One little rain storm could be the end of your DSLR or lenses.  We all put buying a DSLR rain sleeve off thinking we won’t need it, …

How to stay “plugged-in” to the daily world of photography

If you’re a photography nerd like I am, you probably want to stay plugged-in to the world of photography and not miss any of the news or resources that become available.  If it sounds like this is describing you, then you have to check out a website called Alltop.  More specifically, photography.alltop.com.  This is a juried list of RSS feeds …

The Da Vinci Rule of Composition

Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t even alive during the age of photography, but he did have something to say about composition: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” If you feel that you are often unable to shoot an ordinary scene and give the photo a professional look, then the problem is most likely that your compositions are too busy. Note the simplicity …

5 Tips to improve your sports photography

Fine.  It’s a lie.  I got you to read this post by promising general tips on sports photography in general, but these tips are only about team sports.  But give me a break.  Would you really have read this article if I named it “Five tips to improve your photography of team sports”?  Didn’t think so.  Now on to the …