Art Photography Tips

art photography tipsThere’s just some categories from Crafty Tips which seems to have a way of changing more frequently than others. In the case of the Art Photography section, the changes have been mostly negative. Negative as in there have been a lot of wonderful sites and shops that are no longer online.

Rather than let all of their great how-tos and tips go to waste, I thought I would share them here.

Please keep in mind that I have a lot to learn about taking great photographs before I would ever hope to have useful advice to impart. If you want to learn more about Art Photography, see the work of a number of great artists or learn more great Art Photography Tips, please visit Crafty Tips.

Positioning an Image Within the Frame

This is one for your imagination, close your eyes and imagine an oblong box, split the box with 2 equal distance horizontal lines, and then split it with 2 equal distance vertical lines. Next time you look in the viewfinder put points of interest on the lines, where they cross put very strong points of interest. You’ve learned the first rule of photo/painting/drawing composition, easy isn’t it 🙂

Taking Photographs on a Sunny Day

Always photograph with the sun/light behind the subject. When taking a portrait, if the sun is out and bright, make sure the subject is in front of or to the side of the sun/light.

Tips to Photograph Wildlife Without a Big Zoom Lens

1. Taking great photographs doesn’t require a $10,000 600mm super tele-photo lens! I get consistently good results with a 300mm lens for a couple of hundred dollars, made by a brand you know and trust.

2. Shoot using the largest RAW format setting on your camera. Your memory card will fill up faster, but it gives you greater flexibility in cropping and editing your image without your final print looking pixelated.

3. Slow down and be quiet when photographing wildlife! Don’t rush forward to get the shot; you’ll only be more likely to scare them away or even cause them to attack you. Move slowly and quietly towards them a few steps at a time and then remain still. Of course they will be aware of your movements, but if you move cautiously, they will not feel threatened. Never forget that wild animals can and do attack but with patience, you can get close enough to catch and amazing photograph.

4. Avoid using your flash because that tends to frighten animals and put them on alert, making them more likely to bolt.

When Less is More in Pictures

Don’t be afraid to get in close and clip the tip of peoples heads or other objects out of the frame. Very often it helps the image, giving it a more dramatic approach. If your camera doesn’t have a zoom facility then move closer physically.

The talented photographer who submitted this tip had a number of wonderful photographs of people where she cropped off parts of faces and heads. Her off-center portraits were far more striking than a full-face straight on photo ever could be.

Digital Photography Tip

If you take digital photographs, don’t delete pictures based on what you see on the camera LCD. Sometimes a photograph that looks bad on the small screen can be a beautiful surprise once you get home and can view it on your computer screen instead.

Of course this tip assumes that you have enough space to keep all your shots. But, now that digital camera memory cards are so darn cheap, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Have any great photography tips you would like to share or own a shop, blog or website dedicated to art photography? Consider adding a great tip here or submitting your site along with your tip in the Art Photography category of Crafty Tips to receive free advertising for you site.

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