Figure and Ground
To make a strong image you need a well defined subject. Figure and Ground describes that relationship between the subject and its background. It also gives us the tools to create images where our subjects will stand out from their backgrounds.
Defining Your Style
My thoughts on a way to create and improve your artistic vision. This works not only for photography, but any visual art in which you work.
Creative Camera Angles
A couple of suggestions on better photographic composition, including how to use the rule of thirds and improving your camera angles.
Framing is a photographic technique that helps to keep the viewer looking at your images. It uses a border or frame in the photograph to make the central image stand out.
Environmental portraits add information about your subject into your photograph. It's a great way to give us a story along with your portrait, and to add some more intrigue to your image.
Black and White Portraits
Some suggestions to help your portrait work. Different aspects are emphasized in black and white portraits so here are a couple of things to think about.
Depth of Field
An explanation of what depth of field is, and what how it can influence your photographs. You need a camera where you can control the aperture in order to control your depth of field.
Abstract Photography and Shallow Depth of Field
A discussion on how to create abstract photographs and a brief discussion on how using a shallow depth of field can help.
You can influence the path of the viewer's eyes as the move through your photography with the concept of continuation. This takes shapes and lines and uses them to create depth or movement.
How your camera's histogram can help you make the best exposure possible.