Monday, September 12, 2011

Costa Rica Workshop: Day 1 Images

It's day 1 of the workshop that I am co-leading here in Costa Rica with my friend Rob Knight, who runs Digital Photo Adventures. The participates are all getting great shots! Here are a few of mine, along with some tips.

• Please the main subject off center.
• Frame the subject with a foreground element.
• Crop for creative composition.
• Expose for the highlights.

• Shoot at a wide aperture to blur the background - which makes your subject stand out in the frame.
• Look for catch light in the subject's eye.
• Watch the background - it can make or break a shot.

• Do what master painters do to draw attention to the subject: darken the edges of the frame.

• Focus on the eye.
• Blur a foreground element to add a realistic look to your picture.

• Shoot HDR in high-contrast situations.
• Have fun with fish-eye lenses.

I created the above image with Photomatix. You can save 15% when you order Photomatix by using this code: ricksammon.

More image to come. Thank you for tuning in.

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The Queen Jester said...

I think I need a fish eye lens - that looks like too much fun!

Fabio Bosco said...

This place looks like a photographer's paradise. Really liked all the pictures, specially the one with the monkey.