Photography 101 Day 19: Double & Rotation

This photo was taken during one of the hardest times in my life.  Corinne and I were facing a future of financial loss and utter abandonment.  Our emotions, raw and bleeding, resembled the barbed wire and intense colors portrayed here. Corinne had come to be with me on my lunch break at work.  I don’t really…

Photography 101 Day 18: Edge & Alignment

Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice. Hope you enjoy my interpretations of edge, straight line, and precipice. Straight pole with the American Flag at sunset Straight pole with American flag amidst wavy jet exhaust   Morris divided by edges of porch post Luna hiding behind the mesh…

Photography 101 Day 17: Glass

Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes. Today’s Tip: We’ve practiced shooting at different angles and from unique POVs. How can you interact with glass to create an interesting photo? I love looking through blue glass! Just the other…

Photography 101 Day 16: Treasure & Close-up

What’s your treasure? Perhaps you found a coat at the thrift store like the one your grandfather wore, or took a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalaya. Maybe you treasure your children, or your cat, or a quiet space in the woods. Show us an image that represents a treasure to you. This assignment reminds me…

Photography 101 Day 15: Landscape & Cropping

Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, like the shot above of the English countryside in Kent — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star. Above is a photo I captured one Sunday after…

Photography 101 Day 14: Scale & Observation

Today, play with scale: you can use anything and everything to help convey size in your image, from your Chihuahua to your Mini Cooper, to an aerial view or perspective from a penthouse floor. Today’s Tip: Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene before pressing the shutter, considering how all the elements in the…

Photography 101 Day 13: Movement & Motion

Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Ultimately, life is fleeting, and oftentimes it’s these small moments, this motion, that we love to document. Movement is a great way to convey time and fleetingness. I love capturing moments in time.  They become my little time capsules that I pull out, from time…

Photography 101 Day 12: Architecture & Monochrome

From geometric patterns on skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture. Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark…

Photography 101 Day 11: A Pop Of Color

The colors in our photographs are evocative and rouse emotions within us. Color can elevate a mundane image into something intriguing and meaningful, and can tell a particular story within the frame. Today, pay attention to how color affects your images. Experiment with one color, and think about how to feature it prominently. For my…

Photography 101 Day 10: Mystery and Lighting Effects

A photograph can create a certain mood and communicate an idea that transcends its subject. Today, share an image that creates a sense of mystery. Today’s Tip: To stretch yourself, manipulate the light available to you to create a particular effect — use it to cast shadows and highlights to create a moody image. I captured this eerie photo…