The Digital Photography Technique and Skills Hub
With digital photography techniques
becoming more desired, I decided to create this page as a kind of hub for a variety of these.
You will find more links on this page as time goes on, 'one-off' techniques that you can add to your repertoire.
These are not the same as the thorough photography lessons you will find in the tutorials section.
Those are based on a particular subject matter of photography (such as wildlife, sports and so on), or the smaller digital photography tips you will find scattered throughout the blog.
These digital photography techniques and tips, will be focused on a specific technique that can be applied to almost any area of digital photography; this, as you will see, will bring a whole new angle and energy to your dslr digital photography shots.
If you are a beginner, then most of the
digital photography techniques
that are linked to from this page, are probably a bit too advanced for you at the moment.
Make sure you thoroughly understand
Digital Photography Basics
“What can Digital Photography Techniques do for me that the tutorials here can't?”
Imagine you have already taken the
tutorial and are looking to take a picture that can make the subject distinct, or tell a different story. Many of the most distinctive shots in the world today involve a 'story'.
What exactly is a 'story'? Well, it's a rather abstract way of saying the photograph seems to have some kind of extra element to it that the majority of other images do not. This is still a rather abstract way of saying it gives you a certain mood, feeling or even plainly alludes to something in the picture.
Take a look at the following as an example...
So from this 'soft-focus' technique picture you may get something like:Romance, and times lost to historyAn ethereal unwordly-nessThe world through drunken eyes/this place will get you drunkAn element of dreams/the dream-state/life is a dream
You get the picture. Some one else, on the other hand, may read something totally different into it. This is what I mean by 'telling a story with a technique'.
Tell Me a Story
We'll look at a shot of grandma, I always seem to enjoy using grandma as an example, as you will notice elsewhere on the site. In any case, imagine a shot of grandma standing there smiling, a full length shot.
Does it sound interesting? No right? It's a shot you've seen a million times before, it says nothing really. Now, give grandma a burger to hold up and the shot has just got about 20% better, not much better, but still a bit better.
Now we will think that grandma, or the photographer, is trying to tell us something about grandma and the burger... perhaps she made the burger? Maybe she likes burgers? Or depending on the look on her face, maybe it was a bad burger....
Who knows, but the point is we begin to think about it and question it in some way. There's something there.
Digital Photography Techniques – Grandma Vs. Burger Story
Now let's take one of the specific digital photography techniques and add it to this shot of grandma in someway. Well use a stop motion photography technique as seen in the picture at the top of this page.
Now if we use this with grandma and her burger, and we take the same shot of grandma yet this time as she is bringing the burger upwards in her hand we take the shot on a shutter speed of 1/30 or less. Now we can see a blur of grandmas' arm and burger, yet the rest of her, interestingly, may be sharply in focus.
The shot just became perhaps an extra 30-40% more interesting, adding to that our previous 20% burger addition interest, and we have gone from a 0% interest shot, to an average of 55%. Of course this is quite a subjective number, but this framework serves a purpose.
Thinking of the shot of grandma and the burger, one person may think 'that's a super-buger that is!', another person may get the impression that grandma can eat like, really fast! Still another person may have a totally different view.
But the main point is we 'think' and 'feel' about the image. We have become engaged in it, due to the technique. Now we are in the area of 'art', a form of 'subjective art', to be precise.
Using Digital Photography Techniques
Digital photography techniques are more than just the frosting on the cake. They can in fact dominate the whole shot at times, and dependent on the technique, really add so much more to our 'story'
If you are a beginner I highly recommend you read the basics first and then take one of my tutorials before using any of the digital photography techniques below.
If you are not a beginner, then use some of the techniques linked to from this page that add that extra dimension you are looking for, and try to apply them to the different digital photography areas where applicable.
Digital Photography Technique - The Rule of Thirds for Composition
Zooming - The photo technique that makes everything look like it's at warp factor 9
Panning - The photo technique for giving moving objects that 'high speed' look...
Bokeh - Using your lens to create amazing lighting and pattern effects...
'Digital Noise - Grain', how to do it and use it in a photograph here...
HDR Photography: the digital photography technique that creates stunning pictures here...
The Digital Photography Tips Tutorial Home Page here...