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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