Photo Tips

  1. Get Low

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    The world has enough pictures of the tops of kids’ heads. Adult perspective pictures are boring because they’re common. I have a rule that the camera lens must be level with or below the eyes of my subject. The resulting picture gives the subject a dominating presence and with photos…

  2. Spray and Pray

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    I have over 32,000 photos on my phone (or in the cloud, or whatever). For every one shot I’m willing post on this site, I have at least 100 duds. Trying to take a single shot and have it be the “one” is almost impossible. For a given scenario I…

  3. Expose Your Subject

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    I’ve tried many of the third-party camera apps for the iPhone like Camera+, ProCamera and Minimal. They’re each great in their own right, but they aren’t right for me. The multitude of options and controls makes it hard to capture something in the moment. For me, the best option is…

  4. White Space

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    I’m a graphic designer, so photography has always been a secondary element in my day-to-day work flow. When I look at a photograph, the first thing I think is, “Where would the headline go?”. In other words, where is the clear space where type could be placed on the image…

  5. Straighten Up

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    If you’re shooting a horizon or a photo with a lot of lines in it, it’s worth using the crop/edit feature in the iPhone camera app to straighten the horizontal and vertical lines. You can use the grid for reference to help you see what true straight lines are. Why…

  6. Symmetry

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    Ordinarily, I avoid symmetry (the act of perfectly balancing a composition left to right or top to bottom). From a graphic design point of view symmetry is static, which is why it works for wedding invitations and financial institutions — symbols of lasting stability. With photographs, however, symmetry can be quite…

  7. Shoot at Sunset

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    Photography is all about capturing light, in fact the word photography means drawing with light. Therefore the better the light, the better the resulting still image will be. The low, golden light produced at sunset reduces harsh shadows and enhances natural colors. Car commercial photographers have been using technique for…

  8. Focal Point

    Date 25 Jan 2017
    It may sound simple, but you have to give your viewer something to look at. Ideally, you would give them one thing to look at. And the surrounding elements of the photo support that single focal point. In the example here, my daughter, Rachel’s, face is the focal point and note…

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