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Making the Most of a Location - Behind the Scenes

December 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
MAKING THE MOST OF A LOCATION BEHIND THE SCENES Melissa Southern When I look at photographs, I often wonder about the location. What was around them? Are they really on a secluded beach? Are they way out on a farm or right next to a busy road? Well, the truth can be a mixture of things. Sometimes we get lucky and have a great location all to ourse...
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Straighten Up!

December 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
STRAIGHTEN UP! Kyle Cook Today we’re going to talk about horizon lines. This is a very common mistake in beginner (and intermediate and advanced) photographers. In my last blog on one of the elements of composition – the Rule of Thirds – we talked a bit on where to PLACE your horizon, and today, we’ll continue that discussion, but will focus on be...
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Compositional Elements: Rule of Thirds

November 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
COMPOSITIONAL ELEMENTS: RULE OF THIRDS Kyle Cook Melissa started the conversation about compositional elements with the idea of including circles in your photographs. Please remember that you can't include ALL compositional elements into one image, but, you should look for examples of compositional elements when you are evaluating your scene to mak...
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Compositional Elements: Circles

October 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
COMPOSITIONAL ELEMENTS: CIRCLES Melissa Southern Compositional elements are those little pieces in your photograph that make all of the difference in the world. Composition is how your frame your photograph, what you include and exclude, how you arrange the pieces of your photograph, the shapes in your photograph, how you crop your photograph, etc...
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Batteries and the Cold

October 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
BATTERIES & THE COLD Melissa Southern You may or may not have noticed that the weather in the northern hemisphere is starting to change. We are officially experiencing fall, though on some days summer has made a comeback! I went from running the AC on Monday to the heat on Tuesday! Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp air and...
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What Makes Your Image Better Than Someone Else's?

October 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
WHAT MAKES YOUR IMAGE BETTER THAN SOMEONE ELSE? Kyle Cook What makes your image better than someone else's who was at that same spot? There are several things! First, composition - is your composition more dynamic? Is there something to draw your viewer into your image, or is it just a picture - flat, with no "movement"? Is your lighting drama...
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The Importance of Good Light

October 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD LIGHT Kyle Cook The Golden Hour: Definition from Wikipedia - In photography, the golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is soft and even with a warmer color temperature. This is also commonly referred to as the "magic hour." What's all this talk about the Golden Hour? See the...
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Bringing It All Together

September 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER Melissa Southern Over the last few weeks, our blogs have focused on trying new things, looking for abstracts, and visualizing your image in advance and bringing that vision to life. This photo is an example of all of these concepts. I have been teaching various photography classes at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC...
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