Framing
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Framing

December 6, 2010 | Russ Burden

Framing does exactly what the word implies. By strategically placing sections of manmade or natural shapes around a main subject, a frame is formed.

Sun/Cloud Interaction
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Sun/Cloud Interaction

November 29, 2010 | Russ Burden

Without the sun, life wouldn’t exist. Without its light, landscapes and seascapes, as we know them, couldn’t be made.

Local Duck Pond Opportunities
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Local Duck Pond Opportunities

November 22, 2010 | Russ Burden

Every time I had to test a new piece of photographic equipment, I found myself heading to the local duck pond. Thankfully, this made me realize the subject matter found there deserved much greater attention than simply being a testing ground.

Camera Angles: Shoot High, Shoot Low
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Camera Angles: Shoot High, Shoot Low

November 15, 2010 | Russ Burden

The camera position from where you choose to photograph your subject can mean the difference between an ordinary, run-of-the-mill image or an eye-grabbing one with impact and intrigue.

Make Simplicity Part Of Your Photography
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Make Simplicity Part Of Your Photography

November 8, 2010 | Russ Burden

Photography is a subtractive process. Upon looking through your viewfinder you must decide what elements to exclude before pressing the shutter.

Leave Space For Movement
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Leave Space For Movement

November 1, 2010 | Russ Burden

Leaving room for implied movement of your subject is important in creating a composition that doesn’t express tension.

Sky Backgrounds
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Sky Backgrounds

October 25, 2010 | Russ Burden

Having a clean or dramatic sky as a backdrop is an asset. Great sunsets, an alpenglow, an impending storm, or one full of puffy white clouds, all contribute to making better images.

Night Photography
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Night Photography

October 18, 2010 | Russ Burden

Images taken at night can be very dramatic. Mixed lighting can produce interesting color shifts.

Paint It Black
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Paint It Black

October 11, 2010 | Russ Burden

Flash is a great tool with which to control backgrounds especially when photographing small subjects.

Composition —Know What to Eliminate
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Composition —Know What to Eliminate

October 4, 2010 | Russ Burden

Photography is an art form, yet as photographers, we’re at a great disadvantage. A painter can approach a scene and build in dramatic light, an impending storm, a howling wolf set upon a rocky precipice, or a bald eagle swooping from the water with trout held firmly in talons.

Use Scale and Contrast to Your Advantage
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Use Scale and Contrast to Your Advantage

September 27, 2010 | Russ Burden

Subjects that portray a thematic contrast add interest and intrigue to a photograph. For instance, large subjects contrasted with small ones hold the viewer’s interest as it’s necessary to study the comparison of items within.

Shapes/Lines/Patterns/Textures
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Shapes/Lines/Patterns/Textures

September 20, 2010 | Russ Burden

A sure fire way to attract a viewer to your images is to emphasize shape, line, patterns and/or textures. When combined with strong side light, very powerful, yet simple images can be created.

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