Monthly Archives: June 2015

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article 1: simplify

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Simplify-Audio.mp4"] Is more always better? A lot of times when photographers are first starting out they will try to incorporate as many details into an image as they can. I know when I first started with a wide angle I would try to get everything in. As time has passed I have learned that if something doesn’t help tell the story you are trying to tell then it doesn’t belong in the frame. This ultimately leads to much simpler and...

article 2: don’t be lazy

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Dont-Be-Lazy.mp4"]   The digital age has certainly made its impact on photography. There are tens to hundreds of software programs available to process your images. Because of this nowadays its so common to hear "I'll just fix it later" or "I'll just Photoshop it". What happened to making beautiful images in camera? Great images are made greater with software but the point is that they started great. Be sure to take your time and get the image that you envisioned. Great images...

article 3: be exciting

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Be-Exciting.mp4"] Have you ever seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? If not, you need to go watch it immediately after you are done hanging out with us here. It is a great story about adventure with a photography theme. This is what being a PhotoNERD is all about. Chasing light and going on adventures to create beautiful images. Let photography be an excuse to try things and go places you woudn't otherwise try or go. There is nothing better than...

article 4: a rebel with a cause

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Rebel-With-A-Cause.mp4"]   In an early post, Tic-Tac-Toe we discussed how you should not post subjects smack dab in the middle of a picture. This is an example of that.   Why? Well you should go back and check out the article. In short, we were trying to help you understand compositional rules and how they can impact your photographs in a positive way. However, the thing is that sometimes sticking to the rule can limit creative thoughts and intuitions. Here at PNU we...

article 5: harsh light

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Harsh-Light-Audio.mp4"] About 83% of the day is filled with light that isn't ideal for shooting outdoors. Granted a large portion of this time is during the night which is actually a really fun time to shoot but that is not what we are here to talk about today. We are talking about the time between sunrise and sunset. The sun is high in the sky and super bright. This can make for some extremely harsh light. What should you do...

article 6: the golden hour

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Golden-Hour-Audio.mp4"] When is this magical hour that I have heard so much about? Well, its actually not just one hour. It is a little over 15% of the day. Typically one hour before and after sunrise and sunset is considered to have the best light for photography. This occurs when the sun is at a low angle and creates this really warm glow. There aren't any harsh shadows, the light is nicely distributed across the landscape and well it just...

article 7: change your perspective

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Change-Your-Perspective-Audio.mp4"] Have you ever wondered what an ant sees? What about the thought of the world through a childs eyes? Sounds cool right? The great thing about photography is that we can create these visions of the world through a camera and lens. How you ask? You just need to change your perspective. Lets discuss a few ways of doing this. First off is to literally get on the ground. Don't be afraid of getting a little dirty. Have some fun...

Article 8: Fill The Frame

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Fill-The-Frame.mp4"]   In the spirit of keep it simple stupid, we bring you another single photographic tip that can make an impact on your photography starting today. The trick? FILL THE FRAME. This concept sounds simple but is often overlooked. Let's face it, when you get that camera out and you are surrounded by all things awesome, you get sensory overload and forget even the basics of ideas. But if you remember nothing else that PNU has taught you, please for heaven's...

article 9: Size Matters

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Size-Matters.mp4"]   This is a very simple tip and definitely one to be considered, it's not very complicating in fact it's pretty straight forward. Because we live in a 3 dimensional world it is often difficult to see it in a 2 dimensional photograph. For the reason we need to consider perspective and one easy way to do this is by adding scale. Take this image here of all these gorgeous trees. At first glance we are not sure how big these trees...

article 10: Tic-Tac-Toe

[sc_embed_player fileurl="http://www.photonerdsunite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Tic-Tac-Toe.mp4"]   Tic-Tac-Toe, a childhood friendly game for anyone on a budget. Simply grab a piece of paper and a crayon, draw a few lines on that paper and you have hours of free fun. Now I know your just itching to get started on a game of your own but this post is hardly about child's play and more about one of the easiest photographic tips around, rule of thirds. Far too often subject matter is found smack dab in the middle...