My French Album

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This morning I went through my French album on Flickr. I have collected picture there from 4 trips to France starting with 2013. I wanted to see if my photography has developed. Yes, it has.

Here is why:

  1. In 2013 I shot almost everything from landscapes to food to houses. The collection was not a collection of my best pictures, it also contained places I wanted to remember. I deleted them on Flickr. I can store them elsewhere. A good idea could be to print these pictures.
  2. My focus in photography are people. This is my main interest. Even when I take a picture of a landscape, I think that this landscape is more interesting if there are people in it. One is probably better at anything that one loves. Later I focused much more on people and my picture got more exciting.
  3. I have collected more skills in people photography than in any other genre. I read books, did online workshops, analyzed pictures and so on. I have developed taste and I know criteria when a picture is good. This makes my people photography better than my food pictures or landscape pictures.
  4. In the pictures of 2015 I applied techniques that I’ve learned. This can be seen and it bettered my pictures.

Tips:

  1. Document your journey and review it from time to time.
  2. Focus on your life topics. One cannot be a master in everything.
  3. Learn techniques. Enlarge with this your possiblilities to express yourself visually.

This morning I deleted a lot of pictures on Flickr. This was not easy. Only 5 pictures from 2013 in the album ‚France‘ survived this. About 7 pictures of 2014 are still up. The rest had to go. Less is more. I could also delete a lot of pictures from 2015. Yet the more distance I have the easier it is to let go.

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Dynamic tension

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Dynamic tension is a way to compose a picture. There are leading lines that move in different directions out of the frame. In the above picture the arms are the leading lines.

This composition adds dynamic to a picture. I found a lot of this compostion in pictures with people who dance Tango.

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Best use of this tool is when characterizing dynamic people.

Photoshop: Perspektivische Korrektur von Gebäuden

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Die perspektivische Korrektur von Gebäuden ist eine Funktion in Photoshop, die ich sehr oft verwende. Die Bilder schauen einfach professioneller aus.

So geht es:

  1. Meine Bilder sind in Lightroom gespeichert. Von dort lade ich sie in Photoshop CC hoch: Foto – Bearbeiten in – Photoshop CC
  2. Photoshop öffnet sich, das Bild wird hochgeladen. Mit Strg+J wird eine neue Ebene erstellt mit der man arbeitet um nicht das Originalbild zu verändern. Die neue Ebene kann umbenannt werden.
  3. Alles auswählen: Strg+A
  4. Nun kann das Bild bearbeitet werden mit: Bearbeiten – Frei transformieren (oder Strg+T)
  5. Rechte Maustaste drücken und ‚Verzerren‘ anklicken. Die äüßeren Punkte des Bildes lassen sich nun verschieben und das Gebäude gerade stellen.
  6. Wenn das Bild gerade gestellt ist, muss man den Haken in der oberen Zeile anklicken.
  7. Dannach kann man die Auswahl aufheben mit: Strg+D
  8. Datei – speichern unter…. Meist ändere ich den Dateinamen und füge ein ps an. Dies zeigt mir, dass ich das Bild in Photoshop bearbeitet habe.

Nun kann ich das Bild in Lightroom weiter bearbeiten.

Tipp: Das Gebäude sollte nicht 100% gerade gestellt werden damit es realistisch wirkt.

Zusammenfassung:

  • Bild hochladen
  • Strg+J
  • Strg+A
  • Strg+T
  • Rechte Maustaste – Verzerren
  • Änderungen bestägigen indem man den Haken in der oberen Leiste anklickt.
  • Strg+D
  • Speichern unter…… Voilà.

How to wear a camera

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There are new belts on the market. I felt a bit persuaded to buy something new, yet I don’t regret it.

The belt is fixed below the camera. So the lens of the camera looks downward. This protects this precious part.

When I bow forward the camera stays on the side. It doesn’t swing forward.

Wearing the camera sidewards spreads the weight of the camera so that it feels much lighter than it is. Part of the belt is made of rubber, so that the weight is cushioned when walking.

Another advantage when wearing the camera sidewards is that it cannot be seen so quickly. In addition there are 2 steel bands in the belt, so that it’s difficult to cut the belt and to steal it.

I got used so quickly to the new way of carrying my camera because it’s so much better.

Jay Maisel – Light, gesture and color

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Jay Maisel, a photographer with more than 60 years of experience wrote a book: Light gesture and color.

I read it.

The book is so precious because of the pictures alone.

One learns a lot what can be crucial on the way of becoming a better photographer.

1. Jay Maisel always had his camera with him. Always. When he traveled he had his camera next to his bed. It could be that he woke up in the middle of the night and that he wanted to capture the light of the moon or what ever. One must be fast. Light changes fast. Jay is prepared. He is ready. Always.

2. Light. There is no bad light. To prove this he showed pictures that are taken during high noon. They are convincing. Always searching light is such a good idea. That light is important is not such a brandnew idea, but Jay shows it in his pictures.

3. Gesture. Look for it. Also things can have gestures.

4. Color. Colors relate to each other. Jay differentiates between colors and color. To see a color not isolated but in relationship to the environment and the other colors around  is a very useful hint.

All four points are so helpful pointers. The book is a joy to read. Since having read this book I never forget my camera. Situations never repeat.

On a sidemark: Few pictures by Jay Maisel are retouched.

 

PS: The above picture is taken by myself after having read Jay Maisel’s book.

 

 

PAPP – Peter Hurley and Anna Rowley and portraits and psychology

Really interesting to watch.

The sugar side

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Do you know your sugar side?

The right and the left half of the face are not identical.

One side might flatter the person  more than the other side.

Perhaps one side is the emotional side, the other one the analytical side.

For me it’s difficult to make a decision.

It is said that most people have a more pleasing left side. When the parting of the hair is on the left side then it  is even very likely  that this is the sugar side.

It might be difficult but we all have preferences. To find out which side of the face we like more is a first step to a beautiful headshot.

I also remember that I was once at a photographer. First we tried to find out which side looks better. But I cannot remember anymore which side we liked more.

When one eye is larger than the other the decision is clear. The smaller eyes must be closer to the camera to compensate this difference.

Yeah details count.