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dPS has two posts that discuss composition in photography. Like all articles by dPS, this is a good tutorial. The first post is here and the second one is here. The ten elements briefly are:

  1. Pattern
  2. Symmetry
  3. Texture
  4. Depth of Field
  5. Lines
  6. Framing
  7. Perspective
  8. Space
  9. Balance
  10. Color

Read both posts for more detail on each of these pieces and it will no doubt help you to compose fantastic photos.

David Peterson of Digital Photo Secrets has a good article on capturing moving objects. It’s not so much a problem with today’s newer point-and-shoot cameras. Nowadays you simply select the action icon on the camera and have fun. However, if you’re a true professional photographer, you may want to understand just what is happening inside that camera of yours so that you have more control of the situation.

You’ve lined up the perfect shot and pressed the shutter at the right moment only to find out later on that everything is blurred. This is one of the biggest frustrations for beginner, and even experienced, sports photographers. It is the moment when people begin to question the camera setup they just purchased, often wondering if those hundreds and thousands of dollars could have been better spent elsewhere. There is no need for frustration. With an understanding of the environmental factors that come into play, you can anticipate the steps you need to take to capture the moment.

Read the article to learn more about ambient light, aperture, flash and iso.

I love the word play taken from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. After watching some exceptional photographers, Photo Focus has come up with what they believe are 7 habits that effective photographers have. Briefly they are:

  1. They find a niche and they stick with it.
  2. They know their audience.
  3. They work hard and often.
  4. They have a plan.
  5. They don’t wait for permission.
  6. They never stop learning.
  7. They move forward.

Read the complete article here.

It’s summer time and that means vacations, swimming and playing in the sun. As a photographer sunlight can create opportunities for learning. Digital Photography School has five tips that may be quite helpful. Briefly they are:

  1. Pay attention. Be aware of where the sun is coming from and where it’s not.
  2. Utilize what shade you do have.
  3. Catch lights. Make sure your subjects are facing the sun.
  4. Think background. Be aware of your surroundings and realize that some sunlight may make for a nice background when blown out.
  5. Bokeh. The quality of the part of the photo that is not in sharp focus can work nicely for you.

Be sure to read through the article and check out the sample photos.

On May 5th you’re invited to attend a free webinar from the folks at x-rite photo. There will be two sessions.

No matter what your workflow, purpose for your image, or preference, you’ll see how important color is for projecting mood and style into photographic captures. Also, get a sneak peek at Photoshop CS5 technology for new tools to add to your “retouching bag of tricks.” All this and more with Jane Conner-ziser, one of the world’s most respected portrait retouchers.

To register for Session One at 10AM PST click here:

To register for Session Two at 12PM PST click here:

Scott Kelby takes you behind the scenes and shows how he works to achieve such masterful headshots like the one below. Check it out.


Subject aside, this has to be arguably the best-written, best-constructed manual on the delicate art of digital photography I have ever seen.

On the face of it, the manual sets out to be a tome of tuition on the tricky techniques required to shoot at night and in low light. And it achieves that aim.

Author Michael Freeman not only tells you how to do it, but why you do it in the manner he suggests — along with the technological reasons behind his approach. Talk about thorough!

An example: in explaining the effect of sensor blooming of highlights in city shots, Freeman points out that the artifact occurs because the photo sites on the CCD fill up the adjacent wells. To fix the problem he suggests various cures, including the use of Photoshop’s RAW converter and its Defringer function. [via DPS]

Read more: The Complete Guide to Night & Low Light Digital Photography.

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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn