Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tech Talk Tuesday (Just the Basics)

A Different View
Often a photo grabs your eye because it shows a view or perspective, or isolates a composition differently from what one normally sees.  Particularly if you are photographing something familiar, (like flowers), think about compositions that will be unusual or different than just pointing your camera down from above the flower, because this is the way most people look at flowers and this is the way most people take pictures of flowers.  And often this makes for a boring, ho hum picture.  Here are some ideas:  try shooting from underneath, emphasize the stem, capture dew drops at dawn, isolate a color palette,  include an interesting design element as a background, zoom in on the stamens, wait for beautiful light, etc.  I spent some time on Saturday at yet another photography workshop.  One of the presenters said that the most interesting photos are taken from either way below four feet or way above four feet.  I like that!  Try to get WAY below four feet for flowers.  Something to think about as you compose your spring flower gallery. 

Pretty Maids All in a Row

Pure In Heart

Pink on Pink

Spotlight Please

P.S.  I have a favor to ask.  When I upload my photos to this blog, they appear over exposed and washed out.  In order to make them appear correctly exposed, I often decrease the exposure before I upload.  So I'm wondering if my photos appear too dark or too light on your monitor???  (I know the original exposure is correct because they print out perfectly.  It's just the blog that gives me trouble.)  I sure could use your feedback on this!  If you could drop me a comment I'd really appreciate it.  Thanks a bunch!!!!!


SD - Addicted to The Click said...

They look beautiful on my monitor! That "spotlight please" one is beyond fabulous and I love all the other interesting compositions, too!

Lloyd said...


Exposures look fine on my monitor, the first one could be bumped up a tiny bit brighter, but is OK as is.

blogspot seems to do OK for me, flickr is the one that seems to destroy tonality in my shots.

Anna said...

Karen these are beautiful photos of the tulips. Thanks for the good tips also, I often try that too. BTW I would process your photos as what you see on your monitor. Each monitor on this world is different, so every one sees it differently, that is what I found out. BTW they look fine to me. Anna :)

Me said...

From an untrained eye they look great to me!

Don said...

These look fine on my monitor

Good photo tip too!

Scott (AKA Bull Rhino) said...

Very beautiful tulips and I also like the Spotlight Please photo the best. They look very good on my monitor, so whatever you're doing to get them right seems to be working.

Saratoga Six said...

First of all, I think they're all beautiful. The exposure is perfect. The colors are all very vibrant on my screen.

janc@mac.com said...

Couldn't be nicer. The colors seem so perfect the flowers almost appear surreal. Lovely.

Loyce said...

These are all beautifully photographed, Karen.

They all look fine on my calibrated monitor. Every once in a while, for whatever reason, I'll get one that looks really bad when posted to Blogger. Other times, they look fine. I'm thinking that when I convert my RAW to tiff, then convert it to jpg, it seems those are the ones that I have trouble with.

I use Lightroom for about 90% of my post processing. Once in while, a photo needs a bit more, then I take it into Photoshop from Lightroom, which creates a tiff. When it comes back into Lightroom for whatever reason, I need to readjust the file before converting to jpg for the web.

SoCalGal said...

A little dark on my monitor but that is my problem - I need to boost the brightness on my screen! Beautiful photos.

A Life In Focus Photography said...

the tulip is beautiful and looks spot metered so the background is a tad dark, but makes the flower glow.