Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Zoom Effect- Bryce Evans

In order to do this effect you have to have a shutter speed greater than 0.5 seconds. you then take the picture and turn the zoom slightly in or out at the last 1/8 of your shutter closing. Then you repeat until you find it looking the way you want it.


also you can turn the lens slightly as well to create this:


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Photographing Lighthouses

Photographing Lighthouses

Few structures have the universal appeal and fascination of lighthouses. They are superbly romantic constructions: beacons of hope on a wild night, symbols of human ingenuity and perseverance in the face of the unforgiving seas. The more remote and inhospitable the location, the more interest they generate.

On top of all that, they make excellent photographic subjects. This relies on the marriage of two factors: an emotionally engaging subject and a prominent visual that lends coherence and focus to a dramatic scene. This article will give you some tips on how to make your own compelling lighthouse photographs and help you develop your own unique style.


Lens choice will have an impact on the composition. I find most of my lighthouse images are made with a wide-angle lens – roughly 24mm on full frame digital. However, if you are unable to get physically close to the lighthouse but you still want it to appear larger in the frame, then a short telephoto lens can be useful.




This article was cool because of how universal lighthouse pictures are. The article mentions that access to some remote lighthouses is impossible without boat or chopper, although they make for very interesting shots .  Composition is also stressed, as in any other picture. Different angles and distances can give different perspectives. Different times of day offer different feelings portrayed also. Make sure the lighthouse and water appear level.

Harley Jones

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Photographing Cities.

It is difficult to photogroph a city, or come up with good ideas that are unique, this blog entry to to help find the ideas and techniqus.


It is difficuly to photogroph a city, or come up with good ideas that are unique, this blog entry to to help find the ideas and techniqus.

Photograph by Neil Wade, My Shot

Chilung’s Miaokou Night Market has an old temple at its center, but the main focus here is feasting. The market’s yellow lanterns illuminate a mouthwatering array of traditional Taiwanese snack foods, including savory noodle soups, oyster omelets, snails, sticky rice, and tripe. Taiwanese and tourists alike say no visit is complete without a fruity “bubble ice” dessert—black plum is a local favorite.

Photo Tip: Find leading lines and use them to lead the eye into your picture. Leading lines are most effective as diagonals.\

-National geogrpahic

(Kelly Walsh) In any city there are leading lines. Wether it is a train stop, the inner city, a walk way and ecetera. The trick is to finding how the leading lines can work for your photo.


Elevated Highway, China

Photograph by Justin Guariglia, National Geographic

Shanghai’s ever growing network of highways rings the city and links more than 500 cities across 22 provincial areas.

Photo Tip: Be bold and fill the viewfinder with your subject.

-National georgraphic

(Kelly Walsh) The photo tips says to be bold and fill the veiwfinder with your subject. Adding to that it also knowing what you should have in the viewfinder. This photograph could haev been shot at different agles, and each angle would portray a different feeling. It is key to knowing what angle you want your viewer to see.


Photograph by Steve Damascus, My Shot

Photo Tip: Something to consider when taking your picture is your point of view. A picture can be more interesting when taken from an unusual angle.

(Kelly Walsh) I spoke about using the right angles in the shots. I want to add the lighting aspect in th is. In this shot the lighting is key.

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Action Sequence Photography -Bryce Evans


Action sequence photography is taking a bunch of photos from the same place of the motion of a subject and combinding all of the images together in photoshop. Here is a tutorial on how to do it:

Basically, you put each picture as a different layer, make them mask layers and color black on the mask of the higher layers in order to reveal the pictures in the previous layers.

This technique is used mostly in extreme sports with still backgrounds such as skateboarding, motorcross, BMX, snowboarding, and parkour.

It can also be used in other sports to show the path of a ball/puck.

here are some examples:



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Project Photography

Project Photography: Step by step tutorial

After a while one tires of pretty pictures. At some point a theme, story, and organizing principle is required to impose discipline and focus one’s attention. I noticed that my photography usually improves markedly when I have an object in mind. Thus far most of my projects have resulted in books, but the same precepts apply for upcoming exhibitions or covering a friend’s wedding. They all require vision, anticipating the elements that will be required, a plan for execution, the actual photography, and unblinking editing process, and all the elements to bring forth the finished product.



Each subsequent book followed the same sequence.

Establish a clear vision of project

Define what sets the project apart from previous work

Draft a plan

Shoot and Adapt

Edit ruthlessly

Produce the end product


James Martin has produced 20 books and numerous articles.


I found this article to be right in line with what we have been working on in class. While we work on only 5 pictures at a time, the same principles can be applied. This article should be helpful to other starting photographers. Many just shoot when they see something cool. The article explains it’s wise to have a plan, differentiate and tell a story with your set of pictures.  

Harley Jones


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Photography Tips: Shooting at night post by Ben F

Tips on how to take photos at night.
1) Stablize camera
2) Turn flash off
3) Work the Scene

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by | November 7, 2013 · 12:13 pm

Dramatic Lighting Effect

Dramactic Lighting

1. Open the photo in Photoshop.
2. Duplicate the layer that the photo is on (Command + J in the Layers window).
3. Set the new layer’s blending mode to Screen.
4. Duplicate the layer again.
5. Apply a Gaussian Blur by going to Filter >> Blur >> Gaussian Blur. Play around with the value. Set the blending mode for this layer to Multiply.

I like finding these simple tutorials. Since I am not the best at Photoshop, I find these little tutorials very helpful. It only takes a few steps to enhance your photo. I tried this effect after learning about this technique and there is so many awesome effects you can get by playing with the value of the Gaussian Blur to make the photo look more realistic and just all around a better photo.

-Jo Sheldon

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