Lesson 8 – Advanced Composition

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    Claudia Samples

    Hi there,

    This is my Work for Lesson 8!
    You have asked the Question, what kind of theme we find ourselves interested in over and over again and for me it’s Flowers!
    I love flowers and I especially love showing off the whole beauty of them!

    This Photo shows the Love of two People, “two Hearts” go the Journey together through thick and thin!
    So i put one tulip behind the other, making it look like they were showing their Affection for each other!
    The Light on the left might be a bit too bright but I have gotten great feedback for this on my Portfolio! 🙂

    Now this is not the kind of photo i have seen here in the forums but i used hard light to create shadows on the leaves so that the Tulip itself would be highlighted since the Focus of the Viewer should be pointed at them!
    I hope you’ll like it! 🙂
    Thanks! 🙂

    Duncan Rawlinson

    Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for submitting another assignment.

    Here is the exif data for this image.

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    First there a few things that are really nice about this image. For one you have managed to light it in such a way that focuses the viewers eye entirely on the flowers themselves. This is nice and it shows you are progressing in your skills.

    What’s more, the composition of the image is lovely. Shooting in portrait and the arrangement of the flowers really works nicely. It’s excellent.

    Here are a couple things you could do to improve the image.

    For one if you are shooting in a controlled environment like this and you are shooting such a static (non-moving) object you should shoot at as low an ISO as possible to ensure the image is as clean as you can make it.

    Beyond that you should control the light such that there are not any areas of the image that are blown out white or hot.

    In this case the flower is blown out and this is a problem because you lose all detail in the blown out region of the image.

    In most cameras you turn on highlighting and what this will do is the areas of your image that are blown out will blink when you review the images.

    For your camera you can do it using the playback up and down arrows:

    You can cycle through a variety of Playback displays using the up/down arrows on the multi-selector, including the image alongside either file information, basic shooting data and a luminance histogram, or an RGB histogram (if enabled in the display mode menu). Four further displays include the image with either three screens of overlaid shooting info and image parameter information, or the image with a blinking indication of clipped highlights. To reduce the number of button presses to get to your desired screen type, the highlights, RGB histogram, and info displays can be disabled in the display mode menu if you don’t use them Perhaps more unusually, the D3100 offers two slideshow-like transition effects, applicable not to the slide show function itself, but to when you switch between individual images or movies in the standard “image with file info” display type. It’s very much a consumer-oriented feature, but doesn’t slow the camera down as much as you might think, given that you can interrupt the transition effect to continue switching between images and movies.

    via http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D3100/D3100A3.HTM

    That way you can see what part of your image is blown out… With images like this you can take your time, the thing you are shooting is not moving.

    You could also try playing around with an off camera strobe unit or flash here.

    Given all that I think you are progressing quite nicely.

    Keep shooting and having fun!!!

    See you on the next one.

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