Black and White London
I love cities in black and white. There is a certain grittiness to them that color photographs miss. For these London images, I pumped up the contrast, highlights and clarity to really exaggerate the architecture and atmosphere of a foggy December afternoon.
Photography by Bex
The edge of the world.
The path beneath your feet is chalky and white, the grass a shade of green you never expected and the sky so blue you could touch it, scoop it up, drink it down. There is nothing but the sound of the wind in your ears. And suddenly anything is possible.
Photos by M
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A new series for Light School…a new post each Saturday from the Light School contributors, answering a few questions about photography and their background. Enjoy!
What part of the world did you grow up in, and do you think it influenced your photography aesthetic at all?
Scotland. I think it did, this place gets photographed a hell of a lot so I made a conscious effort to try and capture it differently, to try and stand out from the photos I saw when I was younger and still see today.
Are you self-taught, or have a more formal photography background?
Both, I studied in college where I learned the theory but I never really got too far with the practical until I left college and started shooting for myself rather than for assignments. I’m still learning every day.
Is photography your day job, or primary hobby?
Nah, I’d like it to be but I don’t think I’m there yet, hopefully by next year. One of my main goals is to sustain myself with the photography so if I’m going to go down that road I’d like to have a full tank of gas if you know what I’m saying.
Have you done any travel photography? If so, what are your favorite places?
Not so much, there are a million and six places I could list for you, I want to take pictures everywhere and see everything. Can you imagine being payed to do that? Damn, someone pay me.
You are given infinite resources to make the photography shoot of your dreams come true. What would it be?
Hmmmmmmmmm… I’d probably go to the Pacific North West or somewhere in the majestic woodlands of Canada and just live there for a month taking pictures. I don’t know how I’d charge my batteries but I guess if I had infinite resources I could buy like 100 batteries, then I’d be unstoppable. I’d take lots of snacks too.
What have you learned about yourself through studying photography? How does it shape how you see the world?
It totally shapes the way I see the world; everything is beautiful to me, anything could be a masterpiece. I see the world through rose tinted glasses, I’m totally delusional but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned while studying/practicing photography?
The devil is in the details man. Your opinion of your work is the most important one.
Words of wisdom for new photographers…
The most important thing you can possibly do is enjoy yourself, there’s no point in making art if you don’t enjoy the process. It feels good when other people like your work but never rely on the opinions of others - love your own work first and then if anyone else loves it then that’s just a bonus.
But be honest with yourself: see your mistakes and learn from them. Always be improving yourself in all walks of life, if anyone can do it’s you.
Photos by Iain A
Steps to the Sea
This shot was taken in Northern Ireland in January 2014. The low, winter sun was behind the hills, and created a nice, diffused, soft light which was lovely to photograph this little beach we stumbled upon.
We didn’t stay long, as we only had about five hours of usable daylight to work with, and lot of miles ahead to travel.
Photography by Bex
Low Light Photography 101
I thought these fungi photographs I took in the woods the other day were a great example of some low light photography. Mushrooms love those dark, moist little corners and who can blame them.
So what we’re looking to do here is attain sharp, well lit images with a nice dynamic range that looks good on the histogram with sharp, blur free details, and there are a couple ways to get that result. Here they are in my preferred order:
- Set your aperture as wide as you can without losing more detail than you’d like
- Set your shutter speed to the lowest you can without getting motion blur, 1/50second for a 50mm lens, although I like to keep it above 1/60
- Boost your ISO until you can change the above setting to suit your needs
It’s really that simple. The other option is to get yourself a tripod so you can use slower shutter speeds, although this can be ineffective with moving subjects.
Photos by Iain A
Erin Learns about Balloon Glows
Hey Everyone! Erin here! Recently I took my camera to the St. Louis Balloon Glow, held every year in Forest Park as part of their Great Forest Park Balloon Race.I knew the event was a popular one in the Lou but had no idea how friggin packed it was going to be!
Photographers much more talented than I were having issues finding a place to set up shop. Armed with my tripod, two lenses (my standard 18-55 kit lens and my 50mm fixed lense) and my boyfriend in tow I was determined to get a good shot.
Setting up the tripod so far away was a disaster. It felt unwieldy and I haven’t quite nailed using the remote shutter to get the shots I wanted. IT felt like I was hitting the release at the wrong time, and many of my images came out blurry (deleted them before I decided to write this post. Oops!).
Disheartened, I decided to cash in my dreams of being a photographer and decided to enjoy the balloon glow in the moment. For funsies, I put my tripod away and walk among the balloons with my camera set to 3200 ISO. Every couple of minutes, a horn would sound and the hot air balloons would light up…that’s my chance!
A lot of them weren’t winners by any stretch of the imagination - blurry, too much noise, didn’t hit the shutter fast enough to capture what I wanted. My composition also leaves something to be desired. Although I’d like to say I have a natural eye for composing shots the sad truth is often times I’m close to what I’m envisioning but can’t execute. The Glow was good practice in lining up objects and practicing the rule of thirds. I did manage to get some neat stuff like this flame:
In the end I learned two important lessons:
1) I’m better on the go than tied down by a tripod. I know, I know, eventually I’ll have to learn how to master it - but leads me to my next point
2) Having fun is more important than setting up the “right” shot. The first half of my night was ruined because I wasn’t having fun. I wasn’t there to get paid to take pictures, I wasn’t there to torture myself, and I wasn’t there to torture my boyfriend by making him listen to me swearing at the camera every other second. I ended up having a really nice night once I cut loose and decided that if I got a great picture, fine, and if I didn’t, well, I’m still an amateur and there’s always lessons to learn.
Oh, and it was also Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Shooting all the angles
Add interest to your portraits by switching up the angles you shoot your subject. I used a wide angle lens from a lower position to give Delling a sense of power and scope, whereas the tighter shots were shot level and close up to create intimacy.
Photos by Froggie