15 Tips on Fine Art Composition by Alain Briot

by Alain Briot

Effective composition is critical to the success of a landscape photograph! As we move our cameras around and zoom in or out, we work the elements of shape, form, lines, texture, and color, to blend together a design when composed in the camera, presents an arrangement pleasing to the eye. Composition, like lighting, can make or break an image.

We asked noted nature photographer and author, Alain Briot, for his top tips on composition and here they are:

1 – Composition is the strongest way of seeing

How To Photograph Lightning and Live to Tell About It

by Jeff Colburn

The wind blew at over 40 MPH as lightning hit the ground about two miles away. It was getting closer than I liked.

My only emergency warning system, the hairs on my arms standing up, was useless in this wind. Suddenly, the wind died down to about 20 MPH, and my arm hairs were at full attention. That means that a charge rising from the ground was going through me, and attracting lightning.

I grabbed the camera and tripod and jumped into the car. Two seconds later there was a blinding flash and deafening thunder clap about 100 feet away. I had cheated Death, and my own stupidity, again.

Photographing lightning is the most amazing type of photography you will ever do. And probably the dumbest thing you can do with a camera, but I love it.Here are some tips on lightning and safety:

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10 Tips for Fall Color Photography

Fall has arrived in many areas and photographers are getting ready or are heading out to shoot their favorite places.  Many will go to the usual locations like the Smoky’s or New England while others will photograph less known and less crowded locations.

There are many aspects to successful fall color photography and the first important issue is planning.  There is no perfect way to predict the precise dates for peak fall color but since there is nothing worse than arriving to late or to early.

A little research can go along way in determining a good average time frame to visit a specific location and the net is full of postings based on peoples experience. The rest may be chalked up to luck.

Photographing fall colors is like many other nature subjects where you seek the best light, a strong composition, technical excellence, and a worthy subject.

Here are a few tips on creating great images of fall foliage:

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The Undersea World of Michele Westmorland

Michele Westmorland is a professional photographer based in Redmond, Washington whose career has taken her across the globe. Specializing in underwater photography, Michele has over 4000 dives and has photographed some of the most beautiful and fragile marine environments.

Recognized by both professional photography and diving organizations, Michele is the recipients of numerous awards and is a member of some prestigious organizations.

We caught up with Michele during one of her brief stops at home to ask about her career, photography, and current projects.

You have been a photographer AND a diver for a long time. How did you get started and did photography get you into diving, or diving get you into photography?

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How to Get Grungy in Adobe Camera RAW

Last year I photographed a mountain man rendezvous capturing a nice collection of folks dressed like mountain men with their pioneer era dress and semi-accurate historic encampments. It is a great event to shoot some fun characters and makes for good files to experiment on technique.

I thought a little Grungy look similar to over-processed HDR might be kind of fun so I set out to apply a technique I have used from time to time.

What’s cool is you do not need Photomatix or any other HDR software to apply this technique. It can all be done in Adobe Camera RAW.

So I opened my RAW file in ACR and start by applying the Contrast Slider and Clarity slider all the way to the right-100%.

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Russ Finley Photographs The Perfect Storm Over the Grand Canyon

I was on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon looking for a place to get my evening shots when many things came together to make this shot possible.

The clouds had building all afternoon and by the time the sun had set the sky was quite ominous and even threatening looking.

It happened at just the right place. The storm moved across the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and I was at Yaki Point on the South Rim.

I was there with the typical sunset crowd and at a safe distance from the storm moving across the North Rim which is 10 miles away.

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