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Photo Project: Going Retro With Your Camera

A while ago, I wrote about how to retrograde your DSLR. A guide to temporarily hide all the digital/smart features that your digital camera has, and turn it into something a bit more dated. Yes, it is a strange thing to do… But you know how people go back to writing with pen and paper to really connect to their thoughts? This may help you to do the same with your photography and compositions.

Now, let’s look at how you can use that retro DSLR to gain a deeper understanding of photography and to change the way you think with a camera in your hand. Let’s get started!

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20 Beautiful Images that Work – Because of Symmetry

This post is the last in a series of posts about how to make use of symmetry in your photography. Let me close off this batch of posts about symmetry with a few images that I think are really beautiful. Each of these photographs have at least of the four kinds of symmetry to thank, because that is why they work… Even if the symmetry is not blatantly obvious.

I invite you to take a good look at the photographs featured here and try to pick out which form of symmetry, Reflection Symmetry, Rotational Symmetry, Translational Symmetry or Glide Reflection Symmetry are responsible for making these pictures stand out.

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Symmetry in Photography: A Guide to Using it

How to Use Symmetry In Photography

There are graphical elements, and visual tools that photographers use to make their photographs simpler to understand – because our brains are used to seeing, and understand these patterns and phenomenon – but also make their images stronger, visually.

Symmetry as a graphical tool in Photography is an extremely strong compositional device that can be used to draw the attention of your viewers. It declutters the image, and makes it visually simple, yet intriguing.

Beyond Photo Tips has a Photo Project about SYMMETRY; and you’re welcome to join us in its exploration. Now, let’s look at what symmetry is, and how you can spot it in nature, and even create symmetry in your images.

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Photography Project: Symmetry. Pic by James Jordan

Photo Project: Symmetry

Join other photographers as we explore the world around us, and understand the various principles of photography as we do so. We start off with looking at Symmetry, and how we can use symmetry in our compositions to tell us something more about the subject, to create an emotion or to create an aesthetically pleasing image. We wrote this article about how to use symmetry. Take a look at it, and then return here to join us in this exploration.

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14 Street Photography Tips – For The Beginner

Not everyone is bold enough to go out on the street and take photographs of life as it happens around them. If you’re someone who has been wanting to do this – to document the world around you as “life happens” – then here is a compilation of the best tips that I’ve seen about Street Photography over the years.

At the end of the article, I’ve also included a few additional resources so that you can continue to learn more about street photography from some of the best sources out there.

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What you can do with your mobile phone while you wait

11 Things To Do With Your Camera Phone While You Wait

NOTE: This article was written in 2008. After the launch of the iPhone, and before photography with smartphones became high quality, and ubiquitous. Do read the article keeping in mind this scenario, and you may then understand the reason for the tiny images included here. :D Have fun!

Waiting is difficult to put up with, in today’s fast-paced world. There’s a tonne of things to learn out there, and we’d never get to learn all we want to learn or do all that we want to do if we sat around waiting – doing nothing in that time.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Compositions Simple

The best way to keep photographic composition simple is to have a clear subject, use strong lines and shapes, and keep the background simple.

Simple things are memorable. How can a beginner manage to have all the aspects of composition under control? Balance, shape, texture, rhythm, harmony, contrast—there are so many factors to consider when framing an image that you hope will be memorable and distinct, but let’s get you started on this journey…

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