Principle of Design – Pattern/Rhythm

Pattern and rhythm is an easy principle to understand. They are pretty much self-explanatory. I will show a few creative examples below of how it can be used in your photography. A good example of a pattern and rhythm in an interesting, complex composition. Pattern of...

Principle of Design – Harmony

Harmony in art is about creating a visually stimulating image by combining similar elements throughout the frame. Some elements that can be used are color, shape, and texture. The above image uses harmony in a few different ways. The orange color brings together the...

Principle of Design – Balance

Balance is a design principle relating to the visual weight in the frame. An empty image with just a single subject on one side of the frame would be heavy towards one side. This image of a bird on an empty background shows that well. This image of a fishing pier and...

Circular Polarizer Filter

The circular polarizer is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can own for outdoor photography. As important as polarized sunglasses are for fishing, a polarizer is not something to leave at home. Not only does it cut glare  on water and other highly...

Landscape Edit in Aperture 3 – Clingman’s Dome

For this week’s behind the scenes, I’m posting a video of how I go through the process of editing an image in RAW format straight out of the camera. You’ll notice there’s not a lot of work that goes in to, just simple darkroom techniques like...

Basics of Exposing with a Grad ND Filter

In simple terms, a neutral density (ND) filter cuts down on the light hitting your sensor. A full ND reduces exposure over the entire frame while a graduated (grad) ND reduces exposure over some of the scene. This post will go over how to set your exposure when using...