Category Archives: Composition

Finding Visual Expression II eBook

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new 220 page eBook, Finding Visual Expression II. This eBook is a sister publication to the original Finding Visual Expression volume, and expands the number of subject areas covered to 30 in total (15 per eBook). Finding Visual Expression II is designed as a photographic resource which covers fifteen new subject areas.

A sample page from each topical area is illustrated in this article. The eBook’s Table of Contents is also featured in one of the images in this announcement article.

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Favourite Images in 2023

Year end always creates some retrospection…. the result of which is this article which showcases some of my favourite images in 2023. The photographs we capture are indelible moments in time that will never be perfectly repeated in the future. A number of the bird photographs featured in this article stem from simply being in the right place at the right time.

Each of us has our own criteria regarding what constitutes a memorable photograph. Many of my favourite images in 2023 that are featured in this article are associated with a specific photographic challenge that presented itself to me.

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Fix It In Post

Virtually everyone who has been out with their camera, and around other photographers, has heard someone say that they’ll ‘fix it in post’ when they get home. We may have even used those words personally.

Semantics can be extremely important in life as they guide our behaviour, and shape our expectations. The purpose of this article is to encourage readers to reframe the work they do with post processing… and move past the concept of ‘fix it in post’.

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Shooting Angles & Focal Lengths

Our choice of shooting angles and focal lengths are two of the most important decisions we make with each of our photographic compositions.

We can find an incredible subject, then squander that image opportunity if we use a shooting angle that places the subject against a distracting background. At times our creative execution may fall short if we select a focal length that is not well suited to our desired depth-of-field. Or, fails to frame our subject to leverage its visual attributes. Choices of shooting angles and focal lengths can have a significant effect on eye flow.

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Harbour Grace Composition Considerations

This article shares some Harbour Grace composition considerations that came into play when we visited this town during our trip to Newfoundland. As history buffs may know Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. This historic event took flight from the air strip at Harbour Grace.

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Working a Scene

If time permits, working a scene can be very beneficial in terms of helping to train ourselves to look at a variety of composition options. This article features a selection of images captured at the Western Brook Pond Tour departure area. The objective is simply to illustrate how a specific subject can be incorporated into a composition in a number of different ways. All of the images featured in this article were captured with the M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 mm f/4 IS zoom.

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Grates Cove Boardwalk

During our Newfoundland photography tour earlier this year, I had the opportunity to explore the Grates Cove Boardwalk. This was an interesting photographic experience given the weather and the condition of the boardwalk. All of the images in this article are displayed in the order in which they were captured.

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Finding Visual Expression

We are pleased to announce the online publication of our newest eBook, Finding Visual Expression… which is intended to appeal to a wide range of photographers. This 220 page eBook is designed as a photographic resource which covers fifteen topical areas. A sample page from each topical area is illustrated in this article. The eBook’s Table of Contents is also featured in one of the images in this announcement article.

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Tabletops and Chairs

When travelling we can sometimes find inspiration in everyday life… like these tabletops and chairs that I photographed while in Italy a few years ago. There are numerous visual factors that can catch our eye when we’re out walking with a camera in hand. It could be splashes of colour. A flow of geometric shapes. Or something that compels us with its simplicity.

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