Category Archives: Composition

ISO-200 Forest Challenge

A good way to push our photographic skills and our camera gear is to give ourselves the occasional challenge. A little while ago I gave myself an ISO-200 forest challenge. The goal was to hike through the forest at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre on a dead calm day, and to keep my ISO at, or under, ISO-200.

Continue reading ISO-200 Forest Challenge

Photographing Small Church Exteriors

Many times when we’re on holidays, or driving through rural areas, we may come upon small churches. Often these structures can make interesting photographic subjects because of their local history, or architectural design. This article discusses some of the composition considerations when photographing small church exteriors.

Continue reading Photographing Small Church Exteriors

Deirbhile’s Twist Composition Choices

During our recent trip to Ireland, my wife and I ventured down the Mullet Peninsula to visit Deirbhile’s Twist and a few other spots in the area. This article features some Deirbhile’s Twist composition choices.

Continue reading Deirbhile’s Twist Composition Choices

Historic Site Photography Tips

This article provides some historic site photography tips. They are illustrated with images captured at Trim Castle in Ireland.

Quite a few people visit historic sites when on holidays, and enjoy documenting them in their photographs. The weathered and sometimes deteriorating state of historic sites are often brimming with character. At times it can be challenging to incorporate different composition approaches with this type of subject matter. It can be easy for us to fall into a habitual composition pattern with our images.

Continue reading Historic Site Photography Tips

Composition Choices with Macro Flower Photography

Regardless of the camera gear each of us may use, we all face similar composition choices with macro flower photography. This article shares a number of macro flower images and discusses some common composition choices.

Continue reading Composition Choices with Macro Flower Photography

Compression as a Composition Tool

This article discusses compression as a composition tool. It illustrates how our choice of focal length impacts image compression. When we’re first starting out on our photographic journeys, we sometimes see focal length choice in a binary manner. For example… telephoto focal lengths for nature, and wide angle focal lengths for landscape. Broadening our use of focal lengths increases our creative latitude.

Continue reading Compression as a Composition Tool

Lindis Valley Landscape Composition Options

Many of us enjoy self-drive sightseeing and photographic holidays. No doubt we have all come upon some dramatic scenery that caused us to pull over to create some images. This short article shares some Lindis Valley landscape composition options, and discusses the rationale behind them.

Continue reading Lindis Valley Landscape Composition Options

Should We Clip Bird Wings?

One of the photographic composition questions folks ask themselves is should we clip bird wings in our images or not. This article features a small collection of photographs and discusses some composition choices that can be considered when deciding whether to clip bird wings or not.  Continue reading Should We Clip Bird Wings?

Using a Standard Zoom Lens for Flower Photography

This article provides some tips when using a standard zoom lens for flower photography. All of the images in this article were captured by my wife during our recent trip to New Zealand. The photographs were taken hand-held with a Nikon 1 V3 and a 1 Nikkor 10-30 mm f/3.5-5.6 PD standard zoom lens.  Continue reading Using a Standard Zoom Lens for Flower Photography