Composition: A Parkour Frame of Mind

This is a guest post by Andy ‘Kiell’ Day. He is a renowned Parkour photographer, practitioner of parkour himself, and rock climber / builderer. His book “The Moments Between” (see our review) is possibly the first ever book featuring parkour photography, and shows off why his images are so sought after by magazines such as Focus,…

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Symmetry In Photography: A Guide

Symmetry in Photography is an extremely strong compositional tool that can be used to draw the attention of your viewers. It declutters the image, and makes them visually simple, yet intriguing. Beyond Photo Tips has a running project about SYMMETRY; and you’re welcome to join us in its exploration. What is Symmetry? Does it just mean a ‘reflection’ of…

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Photo Project: Symmetry

In order to take you photography to the next level, there are some things that you must consider. Photography is a skill; but at some point that skill must be overcome by aesthetic considerations in order to be considered ‘art’. Lets start off with a simple project. One that everyone could take part in, that…

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The Fine Art of Observation

Photography is as much the art of observing and appreciating things as it is the art of capturing them on film. No matter which branch of photography you prefer, you will find that the best photographs are a result of a photographer seeing things that most people miss out on.

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Obvious Street Photography Tips

Sometimes we tend to forget the obvious in our quest for the hidden. Here are a few ‘obvious’ street photography tips to remember when shooting on the streets. Get In close. All too often the actual ‘subject’ of a street photograph gets lost in the activity going on around… Get close to the subject, make…

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Tiny Tips 9: On Composition

You are a photographer, so remember that you have a powerful tool of creativity in your hands… the camera! Try to create a masterpiece every time you click. Take the composition and balance in your photographs seriously. Follow the Great Masters of painting Rembrandt… Renoir… Rubens… Da Vinci (every painting was carefully composed in sketches,…

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8 Ways to Keep your Compositions Simple

Keep It Simple, Stupid Remember the K.I.S.S. principle… It needs no introduction. Then, why do we forget it when taking photographs? by Zamm First the why Why would you want to leave things out of a frame? More the merrier, right? The bigger, the better, right? Umm… sometimes, yes… But not here. You see, when…

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The Best Lenses for Architectural Photography

Architectural photography calls for Tilt-Shift lenses most of the time. These lenses correct perspective distortion. You can think of this as making sure that the vertical lines of a building actually look vertical, and not slanting towards each other. In the past, this may have called for a ‘technical camera‘ or a ‘bellows‘ attachment, but…

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Tiny Tips

Tiny tips are where you get a small dose of photography theory and suggestions. There will be more added regularly, so please do come back! Tiny Tips 1: Drawing with Light Tiny Tips 2: Light Study Tiny Tips 3: Study Reflected Light Tiny Tips 4: Study Highlights! Tiny Tips 5: Study light from different angles…

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Zoom Out in Your Mind

Have you ever noticed the way in which you seem to be able to focus on just one object of a scene (say a spoon on a table or a shop’s signboard on a street) when in fact your eyes are covering an entire scene? No? Make a mental note of the way you look…

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How to Take – A Better Picture

Three years in the Advertising business has convinced me that ideas are really powerful and that a photograph that has a strong idea is the most powerful tool to convey a message. A strong idea is always brought out in a simple, clear picture that has a strong subject and minimal interference from un-necessary elements….

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