Archives mei 2011

Assisting with Lines

There are a lot of techniques which you can use to make your photo’s more interesting. One of these ways to make your photo’s more interesting is by including lines into your work.

The lines lead you to the biker.

The lines helps your viewers see the entire image, for example by leading it into an interesting subject like a biker. Also, you can use the lines to make the photo’s more abstract, by making the photo split up into several large parts, like a tunnel.

The more abstract form

There are a lot of other ways you can use these lines, just think how you can use them in your photography. That’s it for today. Check back wednesday for more.


When Slowing Down is Better

The world we live in is one in which we always hurry, and usually just run without sometimes stopping and thinking about what we’re doing. (For more about that, check this blogpost.) But that’s not what I want to talk to you about today. Instead I want ┬áto get a bit more technical, talking about slowing down with your camera when taking photo’s, especially with your shutterspeed.

The slowing down of your shutterspeed, so bringing it down to about 1/20th of second, usually blurs something in your photo. You can do two things in such a case, the first is keeping your camera still, and the other option is to move your camera with your subject to keep it in focus. To make it more clear, two examples.

Slow shutter speed to make the lightstripes. (1.3 seconds)

The first one is taken in London, about two years ago. Due to the dusk there wasn’t very much light left, so I had to use a slow shutter speed, which was in this case 1.3 seconds. This is very long to take out of the hand, so you should look for something to support you, like a small wall for example. The result shows some nice light stripes across the frame, to make the photo more interesting.

Subject blurred, with this technique the edges between sharp and unsharp become a bit vague. (1/15th second)

The other way of panning with your camera is about the same, only this time you pan the camera with your subject to keep that in focus, and blur the background. Remember, since you will be shooting out of your hand to keep the shutter speeds at a “reasonable” time. For me this means no longer than 1/15th of second usually, but it could be 1/50th of a second for you, as long as you can see the movement in the background and you can keep the subject in focus.

That’s it for this week. Give these techniques a try when you’ve got the time and most of all, remember to enjoy and check back monday for more.


Site in the Spotlight 35

Welcome, to this week’s edition of Site in the Spotlight. This week, one of the best site’s to learn how to use software, Lynda.com.

Originally founded by Lynda Weinmann, this site has build a catalogue of training tutorials for a very wide ranges of software products, including all of Adobe’s programs of at least all the CS-versions, but also for learning how to get the most out of Microsoft Office, or Apple iWork, you’re at the right place.

Remember, the only thing you have to do, is become a paying member, to get full access to the video tutorials, or you can get them on DVD, although that’s only one course at the time.

That’s it for today. Check back friday for more, and remember to enjoy.


The Family Van der Laan

What’s one of the best things to do on a sunny friday, especially when it’s called Good Friday? That’s right, you go out and take some nice pictures, for example from a family. And so I did last week, when I had the pleasure of photographing the family Van der Laan, as a surprise for their mom and dad.

For the photographers, a valuable tip: Use the sun as a nice hair light, to make your subjects come loose from the background. Your subjects stand out more, and there’s enough reflection from around to counter the backlight, or you could use a small flash to light up the faces.

That’s it for today. Check back wednesday for an all new Site in the Spotlight, and friday for more news from me.