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If you are like most photographers, you can remember the photo that changed you forever a single moment captured in time that captivated you and spawned the inception of your photography journey. It’s where your desire to create images that might be just as powerful for those who lay their eyes on them began. That one photo became your inspiration and can act as a reminder of why you got started.

The moment you first looked at that photo may have been when you were a child, it may have been years ago, or it may have been just last week, but regardless of when it was, it had to have been followed by one thing to get you closer to your artistic goal.

What is that one thing? Education. I’m not saying you need a degree. Photography education can take many forms. It can be a mentor, guiding you through the secrets of capturing the best light; it could be listening to podcasts discussing aperture and shutter speed; or it could be a wide range of books, online video tutorials, or classes. These are all great means for obtaining information. There’s another way to acquire and/or continue your photography education, though, and thousands of photographers are racing to grab it up each year.

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As an artist, you can never stop learning; and with learning comes growth. Without growth, your work will become stagnant Invest in yourself; invest in your work. When you do, not only will you see a noticeable improvement in your art, your work will be seen, loved, and paid for by more people.

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Behind the scenes of creative portraits – shooting through the glass!

Light (and other) reflections in glass offer an interesting portrait opportunity and I really love this technique for creative portraits – it is very simple yet powerful and a lot of fun too! Opportunities to try it are literally everywhere – you can use a window or a glass door in your house, a car window or shop window – you name it! Just think outside the box and you will for sure come with some great images. This is one of my absolutely favorite techniques… that’s why so many examples (with “Behind the scenes” images too) follow… and you will find much more in the course materials. And of course, there are even more tips and tricks waiting for you – 4 valuable lessons + 1 bonus (330 pages, 150+ images, 10+ videos & 4 “Behind the scenes” PDF files), 8 photography assignments (2 per lesson) + honest feedback of your images – join me, our CREATIVE PORTRAIT course starts Friday, October 4th!

creative portrait

NIKON D810, Nikkor 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/640s, +0.33, ISO 200

Beautiful Luciana from Brazil, in the window of a tea-room furnished in rosy pink and pastel blue colors – it was quite cold in this winter garden, so she wrapped herself in a blanket that was provided there for customers to use. I was standing outside, next to a palm tree – that’s why you can see the long green blurred leaves. I intentionally included the lettering “Love” into the photo – simply because I liked it. Overcast and grey day.

 


 

NIKON D810, Nikkor 50mm, f/2.8, 1/2500s, -0.33, ISO 400

When I was looking for a location, I came across this shop window decorated with coffee cups hanging on strings (which was, between us, a really strange decoration in a smoky bar). Photographing here wasn’t at all easy as it was in the middle of the day and there was too much of the clear sky reflected in the window. Finally I found an angle that worked and this is the resulting shot. Always look for unique places to photograph for your portraits.

 


 

NIKON D810, Nikkor 50mm, f/1.6, 1/320s, +0.67, ISO 1000

This photo was taken in a shoe store and my wonderful model pretends to be a “mannequin” . She is looking through the shop window right at me – and just to make it clear, yes, she is alive 😉

 


 

NIKON D810, Nikkor 85 mm, f/2.5, 1/500s, +0.33, ISO 250

We were just walking around with my model when we spotted this tram and we really did improvise here – with the permission of the driver, we did a few shots inside and outside during the driver’s few minutes break.

 


 

NIKON D810, Nikkor 85 mm, f/1.4, 1/2000s, ISO 250

We went into a small clothes shop and asked whether it would be OK to photograph there – they had no problem with it so we used this opportunity. If you find a really nice place, don’t be shy to ask if you could photograph there! I used to be shy too, but the worst that can happen to you is to get “no” for an answer. But more often than not you will end up with some great images from an unusual place!

Creative Portrait course starts on October 4th and you can sign up here!

-Monika

 

Monika Teaches:

Creative Portrait

Photographing Flora

 


 

 

Creating a sense of place: Case Study #16

This post is one in a series on how to create a compelling series of images that convey a sense of place and tell a story.


 

CASE STUDY: SUNSET DINNER BY THE SEA

Next time you’re taking photos, rather than trying to capture everything in a single image, take several detail shots to flesh out your story.

Have a look at the images in this case study:

  • Sunset over the sea
  • Artwork, with a hint of the set dinner table
  • Candles lit…
  • Close-up of starter course

Do you see how each image tells part of the story? Each of these images is a single idea. By combining several images together, a story can be 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.

 

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Giving a Dramatic Edge to Your Photos

As I’ve always said, Light is everything, and should be considered first, even before your composition. When it interacts with shadows, the results can be incredible. It’s a sure fire way to take our imagery “up a notch”. Light is important for sure, but equally important are the shadows. Not only is it important to know where the light is going to be, but it’s equally important to know where the shadows will fall.

In my online class with the BPSOP, and my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshop I conduct around the planet, 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.

Pretty important information if you ask me!

Once the interrelationship between light and shadow is established, a mood is set and the results can range from mysterious to downright scary. This is where the Theory of Gestalt comes in. 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.

In both these images, I’ve made the shadows important enough as to make them the subject.

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”. Btw, the next time you’re out shooting, don’t think/worry about shadows falling on people’s faces.

Finally, when you master the light, be sure to master the shadows as well. We should pay tribute to the shadow, as it can help us take our imagery to “a place where no man has gone before”!!!

-BPSOP Instructor: Joe Baraban

Joe Teaches:

Stretching Your Frame of Mind I 

Stretching Your Frame of Mind II

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