“I’m camera shy” OK I said it, now the story !
I promised Brian that I will participate in the “Shoot yourself” project and a promise is a promise !
So tonight I have waited for all the house to sleep, completely ignored the millions on the internet I’m exposing myself to, took the camera and shot myself !
Canon EOS 30D with Tokina 12-24 at 12mm f/4, 1/250s with one external flash
I took about 25 pics and this is the one I have selected for the project
I’ve not been very active on this section of ADIDAP lately but I guess it is a good section and one of my new year’s resolutions is that I will post a Photographer of the Week every Friday. So if you have some names you want to nominate as POTW do contact me !
Now for this week I’ve picked up a great photographer and a net friend Doug Barber !
Doug is a versatile photographer he shoots landscapes, still life but what really amazes me is the way he understands people ! He can turn almost any “normal” setup into an eye catching portrait image !
Not only this Doug is also great with light painting technique
A â€œLight Paintingâ€ is an image that is created in total darkness with a shutter speed that could be as long as several minutes. Once the shutter opens I paint the light into the frame like an artist would use a brush to paint color onto a canvas.
And now a handpicked selection of Doug images
Finally I have a message to pass from Doug: Doug has been named as the photographer to the largest Climate Change project in the world. It has been taking him away from home a lot and he has been hanging out with 200 scientist from 15 countries at the top of the world on an Ice Breaker. Make sure to visit the project website at http://ipy-cfl.ca/index.html
Honestly I do ! Do you ?
I am a big fan of minimalist compositions ! I like the simplicity it just relaxes my eyes but what are the “must have” ingredients of minimalism ?
THE MAIN SUBJECT
In a minimalist composition the main subject, or focal point, of the picture usually takes just a little portion of the frame answering the rule of third with a lot of open or empty space around .
This will give the eye room to relax , wander freely around the frame and then “rest” on the focal point. Make sure to remove all unneeded objects and clutters from your shot.
A minimalist picture does not only means minimal elements in composition, but also minimal colors. Pick up 2 or 3 well contrasted colors so that the focal point of your picture is well highlighted against the “empty space”. You can also achieve amazingly good results with just shades of gray !
LIGHTS, SHADOWS & PATTERNS
If you don’t want to rely on colors, then a play of lights and shadows are a pretty safe bet!
A pattern “broken” by your main subject will also give you a winning picture in both color or black and white !
Textures are a very power elements in photography and they perform at their best in minimal pictures. All that empty space is crying for a good texture.
ONE SIZE FIT ALL
Minimalism can work for any subject ! Still life, landscape, portrait you name it … With a good mixture of simplicity and creativity you will always end up with striking images
I love those grainy, gritty, dirty, fuzzy, noisy photos — you know the kind. Technically they may have their flaws, but artistically they’re inspirational. To me, grain or noise can add a lot of impact to a photo and change the mood quite rapidly.
BE SURE YOU CHECK THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR SOME AWESOME GRAINY EXAMPLE PHOTOS!!!
WHAT IS NOISE AND GRAIN?
Grain is a term that speaks to the presence of bits of silver on a piece of silver halide film. They’re similar to pixels, but their shape is much more random than the grid of a camera sensor. The grains can be thought of as the little buckets that capture light. Grain on a developed print appears as a scattering of light and dark spots — which is what people are usually talking about when they say “grain”. Higher speed films use larger grains, and thus produce more “grainy” photos.
Noise is very similar to grain, but there are differences too. It’s the digital version of the analog grain in film photography. Noise is produced by the amplification of your sensor’s output — it happens with all electrical systems. In our case, this signal noise results in mis-representations of the captured light. You end up with pixels that are slightly off from where they should be in a perfect world. The more you amplify your signal (higher ISO), the more noise you produce and transfer to the digital image.
The two terms are often interchanged, especially in the case of describing a digital photo with a grain-like appearance. While noise is literally not the same thing as grain, they can often be similar enough to ignore the differences in meanings. In fact, digital black and white photos can be produced to simulate grain with great accuracy — good enough to fool most photographers if done by a highly skilled artist.
HOW DO YOU MAKE GRAIN?
There are basically two ways to produce noise or grain using a digital camera: with the camera itself and/or with post-processing software. Each method has its merits, so it’s probably best to experiment with both until you find a personal preference.
And now for a little grainy inspiration. Here are 9 photos that show different styles and uses of noise and grain. Some are black and white, some are color, some are film, and some are digital. At any rate, enjoy! You may have to view some of them at higher resolutions to really see the effect — trust me, it’s worth checking them out.