Light is your paint, your camera the brush

Aesthetics — Noun: A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility. Aesthetic — Adjective: Characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty. You make aesthetic decisions all the time. What color to paint the kitchen....

White: A balancing act

Colour temperature and light In addition to having bright and dark qualities, light has a colour spectrum which is measured using Kelvin degrees of temperature. This can be affected by a number of factors: time of day, type of lighting, altitude. (Stick with me here,...

What’s wrong with this picture?

Okay now, students. Put away your books and take out a nice sharp pencil. We are going to have a pop quiz! Well, maybe not really, but kind of. We are going to use the lessons learned from our past few tutorials to dissect this image. Is it a good photograph? A bad...

Where do your lines lead?

So far in our columns we have covered these basics of composition: Simplicity Simplify your pictures by choosing uncluttered backgrounds that strengthen the center of interest. Move in close eliminating unnecessary distractions. One famous photographer said that...

Rule of Thirds

Composition and how you frame an image determine the difference between a bad photo and a good one. Now, if you like your photos with heads cut off, big empty spaces around things and a little kid whose face is so small it’s hard to pick him out of the pumpkins he’s...

Taking a visual journey

Continuing our chat about composition, let’s review a bit from last week. Putting the horizon line in the center of a landscape has a tendency to cut the image in half, where the two parts do not necessarily create a more harmonious whole. When you are standing...