Thursday, May 3, 2012

5 Days of Canon 5D Mark III Shots: Day 4

All this week on my blog: Canon 5D Mark III photographs from my Light workshop in Alaska with Hal "Bull" Schmitt aboard the Northern Song. Scroll down for previous posts about our Alaska workshop.

Tip #1: All the shots in this series of post were hand-held. All the shots were cropped . . . and still look great, even when enlarged, thanks to the image quality of the camera's sensor. (Those who know me know that I am a nut about cropping.) Cropping is key.

Tip #2: As you'll notice, the entire scenes are in focus in all these images. To achieve that goal: use a wide-angle lens, set a small aperture, and focus 1/3 into the scene.

Gear for these images:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24-105mm IS lens

Click here to see all my gear.

All these black-and-white images were created in Nik Silver Efex Pro. For a discount on all Nik plug-ins, click here.

Tip #3: Why black and white? Well, when you remove the color from a scene, you remove some of the reality. When you remove some of the reality, your pictures can become creative and artistic. I talk about stuff like this in my seminars.

Tip #4: Speaking of cropping, that's the subject of today's post. I crop, first, for three reasons:
1) to draw more attention to the main subject by cropping out the boring stuff in a frame;
2) to prevent dark and light areas around the main subject from affecting my digital darkroom exposure and color decisions of the main subject;
3) I can't always get the best composition in camera. Composition, after all, is the strongest way of seeing.

Tip #5: You'll notice that all of these photographs have a foreground element. A foreground element adds a sense of depth to a two-dimensional photograph.

I have found in my on-line portfolio reviews that many, many shots can be improved with a bit o' cropping.

Hal and I hope to see you in Alaska aboard the Norther Song, whose master and commander is Captain Dennis Rogers. The best of the best.

Explore the light, 


Alton Marsh said...

On that top one, translucent ice, priceless!

Alton Marsh said...

On that first shot, translucent ice, priceless!