Creating a sense of place: Case Study #2

This is one post in a series on how to create a sense of place.


 

CASE STUDY: TEATIME AT A CHARMING HOTEL

Next time you’re taking photos on holiday or during a celebration, include detail shots to flesh out your story. When added together with photos of people, detail shots help show the mood of your scene.

Have a look at the images in this case study:

  • front door of hotel, taken across flowers
  • hint of umbrellas and gingerbread railing of hotel
  • iron gate and hedge
  • bistro chairs on gravel
  • backs of bistro chairs with trimmed hedge
  • tea, teapot, and cutlery
  • knife and fork wrapped in paper napkin
  • cinnamon and sugar crepes on serving platter

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Do you see how each image is taken close up and is framed tightly? This is what you’re looking to do with your detail shots.

Each of these images is like a single idea, and by combining several, a story is created.

TIPS TO GREAT DETAIL SHOTS:

  1. Vary the camera angle in each shot. Shoot up, down, out, across, or through a subject.
  2. Frame your subject tightly to omit clutter. Reveal part of the subject.

 


SIGN UP NOW FOR THESE CLASSES TO LEARN STORYTELLING

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2

 

No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses. You may even use your phone!

 

Amazing Travel Photos Made EasyAmazing Travel Photos Made Easy teaches you how to create a collection of images that not only documents your holiday but that conveys how it felt to be there.

This course focuses on the creative side of photography and emphasizes getting all your shots in-camera.

You’ll learn how to get amazing travel photos using any kind of camera!

Learn how to capture these experiences:

  • landscapes
  • seascapes
  • cities & architecture
  • wine & dining experiences
  • nature
  • wildlife

 

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1 gets you started photographing how you want your life to look and what you want more of in your life.

Ever wonder if the craziness of your life is, indeed, worth celebrating? The answer is a resounding YES!

Start taking images that that look like they came out of a glossy magazine.

This course focuses on the creative side of photography. You’ll learn how to capture images of your everyday life in a fresh and exciting way.

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2 takes you further by focusing on capturing the essence of your loved ones — think about the little things that you’ll always remember, such as how they hold their favorite coffee mug in their hands!

Do you wish you had images of your loved ones that capture who they are as a person? What about a series of images that portray your life as nicely as a wedding photographer portrays a wedding?

Get ready to have fun creating lifestyle photos that you can’t wait to share with your friends and family.

This course delves into creative ways to capture even mundane moments and beautifully photograph even camera-shy loved ones. They’ll finally stop saying they don’t like seeing themselves in photos!

Get a taste of how Brit will work with you.

You can also work with Brit privately

Mentoring: Schedule a live session with Brit via Skype

Get a private image video review: Private Video Image Reviews

Find out about all of Brit’s courses, including Photographing Fine Art & Craft

Food For Digital Thought: Are You an Umbraphile?

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Several months ago, right before the total solar eclipse, I was listening to a piece on CBS Sunday Morning. Btw, it’s one of the best programs on TV.

They were talking about the word Umbraphile which literally means a “shadow lover”, but when properly applied it means one who’s addicted to the “glory and majesty of total solar eclipses”; and will drop everything they are doing to see one…wherever it my be on the globe. I can tell you that I don’t go chasing eclipses, but I will admit to being a lover of the shadow; which, by the way,  is a photographer’s best friend.

Umbraphillia is thought by many a smart college educated person to not only be an addiction, but an affliction as well. I guess that means me…YIKES!!

I am addicted to light and shadows (and proud of it), so much so that in my online classes “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” and “Stretching Your Frame of Mind II” , students learn beforehand exactly where shadows will fall any day of the week, anywhere in the world. Using a program called Sunpath, and coupling it with a hand bearing compass called a Morin 2000 not only do they learn where the shadows will fall, but which direction the light will be coming from, when it will be coming,  how long it will be there, and when it will leave.

Once the interrelationship between light and shadow is established, a mood is set and the results can range from mysterious to downright scary. Shadows can affect how the viewer perceives and is a quick way to conjure up all kinds of emotions by giving a dramatic edge to your composition. Shadows can also be used as lines to move the viewer around your composition or as elements to point to a subject or one of your centers of interest.

Photographers usually don’t give shadows any consideration; in fact, to many they can be intimidating.  Truth be told, they are leaving out a very important part of their imagery. Shadows can suggest what we can’t see in our reality. In fact, shadows help us to “celebrate the unseen”.  Also, the next time you’re out shooting, don’t think/worry about shadows falling on people’s faces, as that creates not only visual interest, but visual tension as well; through the use of contrast.

In the above photo, I was standing right behind a barrier in Havana, Cuba when Obama drove by. I looked down and saw the shadows that to me told a story.

Here’s some ways to incorporate shadows:

1) Try making the shadow the main subject. It can tell a story on its own.
2) Try distorting the shadows.
3) Try to duplicate your silhouette with a shadow.
4) Try using a shadow to fill in an empty space in your composition. It can create interest in an otherwise boring area.
5) Try using the dark shadows to extend a dark subject. For example, the shadow coming from a tree.
6) Try using the late light from the ‘golden hour’ to reveal more about Texture, and form.
7) We know that Line can draw the viewer to the main subject. Try using shadows to do the same thing.
8) Just for fun, try turning your photo upside down, so the subject takes the place of the shadow, and vice verse.

Maybe I’ll start a new self-help organization and call it…shadow lovers anonymous!!!

-BPSOP Instructor: Joe Baraban

Joe Teaches:

Stretching Your Frame of Mind I 

Stretching Your Frame of Mind II

Here’s Why Photo Editing is Essential in Digital Photography

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Did you get a shiny new camera for Christmas and you are spending a lot of time learning the camera? Maybe you are getting up early to shoot at just the right location, in just the right light thinking you are going to be the next Ansel Adams. How is that working for you?

Do you realize learning effective photo processing is easily half of the secret to creating amazing images? I do the bulk of my photo editing and organizing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Lightroom is an amazing program that offers you state of the art adjustments to push your photography from good to great.

Your great new advanced digital camera has come a long way to helping you create properly exposed and sharp images, but if you don’t learn some simple photo editing techniques, you will be not be getting the maximum out of your camera.

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What makes Lightroom so great?

Maybe you have collected a large body of photographic work. Do you know where all your pictures are, and can you find them easily?  When you first import your images into Lightroom, you can create a series of tags and star ratings that will help you find your favorite images in a matter of seconds. I have over 40,000 images in my Lightroom catalog, all easily accessible in moments.

Why do I need photo editing programs to create a finished image?

When you shoot an image in JPG, it comes out of your camera as a retouched digital file. How can that be? Well, the camera has made the adjustments for you. It has made the decisions on saturation, sharpness, and color, all without your input.

Wouldn’t you rather be making the creative decisions yourself when it comes to post-processing?

Yes, it takes some effort to learn Photoshop or Lightroom, but these programs are so powerful, once you get the basic tools, you won’t want to go back. These are skills that you can use for a lifetime of photo taking and processing.

When you shoot with a RAW file, you can non-destructively change the white balance, color contrast, and saturation to your liking. (Non-destructive adjustments don’t harm the file or degrade the image in any way.) If you decide to change these settings with a JPG file in post-processing, with every adjustment, you are affecting the quality of the image and are losing resolution.  At the very least, work with a TIFF file, where the image adjustment is lossless.

If you have pre-visualized your picture when you take it, you will have a good idea of where you would like to go with this picture in post-processing later on.

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Why doesn’t the camera catch what I see?

A digital camera can only read a certain range of light and gamut of color. The human eye can see a lot more than a camera can. By using post processing, you are allowing the image to reflect exactly what you saw at the scene, or what you visualized when you took the picture. The trick here is to not over saturate, over sharpen, or generally overdo the editing process so it looks fake or cartoonish. But if that is your creative vision, then go for it.

How do I get there? Practice, practice, practice.

Take a good beginning post-processing class like my Lightroom Quick Start class here at BPSOP. This is the clearly the other half of creating amazing images. Once you have learned the workings of your digital camera, it is now time to learn how to effectively edit in a program like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

 

 

BPSOP Instructor – Holly Higbee-Jansen

HollyHolly Higbee-Jansen is photographer, trainer, blogger, and workshop leader who enjoys teaching and the creative process. Her passions include teaching photography workshops in beautiful locations in California, Iceland, Costa Rica and the American West with her husband Mark. Holly also teaches online classes on Lightroom, Photoshop and photographic technique. Get Holly’s Free E-Book on “Landscape Photography and the Light and find out about her newest workshops at Jansen Photo Expeditions.com.

Reach Holly by email at hhjphoto@gmail.com and read her blog at JansenPhotoExpeditions.com/Blog

Holly Teaches:

iPhone Photography
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In this class, we will introduce you to the magic of iPhone photography using several shooting and editing apps that will give you the ability to make your pictures sing in a fun and easy way.You will learn how to crop, change saturation, brightness and affect the overall look of your pictures with HDR, drama and grunge filters and other techniques. You will be amazed at the simple and effective methods.

 

Lightroom Quickstart

Lightroom

Do you want to learn to create images that show the beauty of the scene you saw when you took the photograph? Do you want to learn the other essential side of digital photography, photo editing and get up to speed quickly?

This course is designed to get you up and running FAST in this incredibly powerful program. In this two week information packed class, you will learn how to import, organize and perform simple and effective editing processes that will let you produce beautiful adjustments to your pictures.

 

For a complete list of Holly’s current workshops go to:

Jansen Photo Expeditions – JansenPhotoExpeditions.com

Holly’s Blog: http://jansenphotoexpeditions.com/blog

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Jansenphotoexpeditions

Instagram – http://instagram.com/photographyexplorations

YouTube – youtube.com/c/Jansenphotoexpeditions

500px – https://500px.com/hhjphoto

Creating a sense of place: Case Study #1

This post is the first in a series on how to create a sense of place.


 

CASE STUDY: RELAXING AT A SEASIDE RESORT

Next time you’re taking photos on holiday or during a celebration, include detail shots to flesh out your story. When added together with photos of people, detail shots help show the mood of your scene.

Have a look at the images in this case study:

  • sun shine through a pergola
  • a key in a door with key-chain
  • a do-not-disturb sign
  • bath salts with wooden spoon
  • foot pouf and animal skin rug
  • silhouette of flowers
  • open seashell
  • interior roof-line, all in white

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Do you see how each image is taken close up and is framed tightly? This is what you’re looking to do with your detail shots.

Each of these images is like a single idea, and by combining several, a story is created.

TIPS TO GREAT DETAIL SHOTS:

  1. Vary the camera angle in each shot. Shoot up, down, out, across, or through a subject.
  2. Frame your subject tightly to omit clutter. Reveal part of the subject.

 


SIGN UP NOW FOR THESE CLASSES TO LEARN STORYTELLING

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2

 

No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses. You may even use your phone!

 

Amazing Travel Photos Made EasyAmazing Travel Photos Made Easy teaches you how to create a collection of images that not only documents your holiday but that conveys how it felt to be there.

This course focuses on the creative side of photography and emphasizes getting all your shots in-camera.

You’ll learn how to get amazing travel photos using any kind of camera!

Learn how to capture these experiences:

  • landscapes
  • seascapes
  • cities & architecture
  • wine & dining experiences
  • nature
  • wildlife

 

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 1 gets you started photographing how you want your life to look and what you want more of in your life.

Ever wonder if the craziness of your life is, indeed, worth celebrating? The answer is a resounding YES!

Start taking images that that look like they came out of a glossy magazine.

This course focuses on the creative side of photography. You’ll learn how to capture images of your everyday life in a fresh and exciting way.

 

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images Part 2 takes you further by focusing on capturing the essence of your loved ones — think about the little things that you’ll always remember, such as how they hold their favorite coffee mug in their hands!

Do you wish you had images of your loved ones that capture who they are as a person? What about a series of images that portray your life as nicely as a wedding photographer portrays a wedding?

Get ready to have fun creating lifestyle photos that you can’t wait to share with your friends and family.

This course delves into creative ways to capture even mundane moments and beautifully photograph even camera-shy loved ones. They’ll finally stop saying they don’t like seeing themselves in photos!

 

Get a taste of how Brit will work with you.

You can also work with Brit privately

Mentoring: Schedule a live session with Brit via Skype

Get a private image video review: Private Video Image Reviews

Find out about all of Brit’s courses, including Photographing Fine Art & Craft

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