Sunday, 18 January 2009

Introduction and sloping photos

Welcome to the first entry in this blog on photography. If you want to take photos it may be that you are naturally talented, but everyone can benefit from learning or being reminded of the many and varied aspects to photography. Experience helps but you can also learn little by little. There are no lesson plans, no tests, no homework, but by reading this blog you may learn something that will add to your knowledge of photography. This isn't a technical blog. there are plenty of books on the market that will tell you how to modify your photos. This blog is about what you should look for when taking a photo and how they could be amended.

The biggest change to photography in recent years has been the movement from film towards digital photography. This has dramatically changed the way photographers work and has meant that anyone can get excellent results. This has had a dramatic affect on cost. Once you have bought your computer and camera and software and got enough storage for your photos - OK it's expensive initially - you can take as many photos as you like. You only print the photos that you want after you have worked on them and got them just right. How many times have you taken a film to be developed, paid a few pounds and then found out that the photos were not what you expected?

If you have a horizon or a line of water in the photo like a pond or lake then make it horizontal. If you aren't sure that you can do this or you don't want to spend time with a tripod then you can change the angle when you crop the photo. I know of one professional photographer who uses a photo on his website in which Lake Windermere is sloping!

Happy snapping.

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