Our 52 Week Photography Challenge is almost over for 2018.
To say that it has not been without its challenges, would be a really bad joke and an understatement. Never-the-less, I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement throughout the year. It has been difficult but I can honestly say that I am a better photographer for the experience and would encourage you to give it or something similar a try. We learn best when we are pushed outside of our comfort zones so think about challenging yourself and watch your skills develop.
To celebrate the end of the challenge, I wanted to share a few highlights from the last 25 weeks and some of the tougher challenges to try that will really develop your photographic skills.
What do photography and shadows have in common? Neither would exist without light! Photography is about painting with light while shadows are about blocking light. Shadows are great devices to allude to something outside of the frame. They add information and a sense of mystery to the story of your image. Although we don't see the object, we know it's there.
The candid quality of street photography dictates that the photographer needs to capture brief, fleeting moments. Since these moments are unscripted, the camera needs to be ready and not conspicuous. Compositions become less structured and more informal which is a key element of the style.
Signs of degradation and decay usually require a long time to become evident and this inherently suggests the notion of time passing; something that existed a long time ago in a world that is no more. Photography is about storytelling; decay tells lots of stories about times past.
The whole conceptual premise of photography is based upon the use of light. Natural or artificial, direct or reflected, white or coloured, it is important to understand the nature of the light source you intend to use when shooting.
Think about the main subject or idea of your image and adjust aperture settings to create depth of field to enhance your meaning. For example, use blur to remove any unnecessary detail.
Filling the frame by zooming in on a subject provides the viewer with more detailed information, however, at the same time, it also omits visual information we would use to make sense of the whole image. In this way visual cues become enigmatic and mysterious, adding interest to your compositions.
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Conceptual photography is about expressing a whole, complex idea in one image. The style uses visual codes and conventions in alternative ways, to create more complex meanings. This new visual language has the power to express an experience or feeling rather than something seen. This style of photography finds its home in the realm of ‘Fine Art’.
The blue hour refers to the atmospheric lighting effects created when the sun sets below the horizon, yet, still reflects enough light to softly illuminate what remains above the horizon. Without direct rays of sunlight, the effect is a beautiful soft light that creates beautiful colours.
Finally, a big THANK YOU again for joining me on this challenge. If you need help or suggestions on ways to improve your photography, feel free to contact me, I’m always happy to help.
2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting year where I will be focusing on studio works in painting and photography, until then,
Best Regards, Naida