Sunday, July 31, 2016

LEARN TO GET THE "WOW" FACTOR BY TAKING PHOTOS WITH MORE VIBRANT COLOR:

Photo credit:  Imgarcade.com

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE SOME REAL NEW IMPRESSIONS WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?

Well, here is one method that will bring you lots of attention, and get some heads turning to your photos:

Practice taking more VIBRANT COLOR PHOTOS !!!!

If  you saw a group of photos all on display, and they were taken by a variety of photographers, wouldn't your eyes keep coming back to the one with the most color?  It's true.  Surveys and questionnaires have found this to be true.  So, let's take a look at what you need to do to bring your photography up a notch to bring more vibrant color to your photos:

 Taking photos in color is easy, but taking color photographs with a wow-factor requires a little thought. It is vital to be aware just how powerful color can be in an image and how you can use this to your advantage. Too many different bold colors will invariably produce a confusing and unsatisfying image. Ensure that the hues you are including in your photograph do not compete with each other for attention, but contribute to a well balanced composition.

TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST COLOR:
Look for a Dominant Color:

Colorful scenes are usually the ones that inspire photographers to grab their cameras, yet they are often the least likely to result in striking images unless considerable care is taken in the composition. Too many vivid and bright colors will compete for the attention of the viewer and make it difficult to find a focus point. One way of giving a color photograph a bold, eye-catching quality is to select a subject in which one particular hue completely dominates the scene. This can be achieved by a careful choice of viewpoint, and the way in which the image is framed. The result can be even more spectacular if the other colors in the image are either quite subdued or create a pleasing contrast.

“Red” captured by PictureSocial member Matt Dean

Use Color Contrast:
Bold, eye-catching pictures can be almost guaranteed if you know how to make good use of contrasting colors. The most striking effect will be created when just two colors from well separated areas of the color spectrum are included in the image, such as red against green, or orange against purple. The use of a color wheel can help you understand the relationship between complementary and contrasting colors. As a general rule, the simplest combinations are the strongest, and the more saturated the colors are, the more eye-catching the result will be.
  • Keep it Simple:
  • If there’s a good general rule to follow in photography it is to keep it simple, and this is especially true when working in color. An image that includes only the essential elements of the scene will invariably have more impact than a complex image with too much detail. Always identify the element in the scene that appeals most strongly to you within the subject, and then consider which of the surrounding details you need to include.

  • “Pink Frangipani” captured by PictureSocial member Mia Rose


    • Create Mood with Color: One of the most elusive qualities to capture is that of mood or atmosphere. Keep in mind how the viewer responds emotionally to color. Blues and greens evoke a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, while orange and yellow might create an upbeat, happy feeling. Bright, saturated colors suggest a vigorous and energetic atmosphere, and dark and muted colors suggest a more somber and introspective response from the viewer.
    • Experiment with Filters: If you want to make the most of color in your images, play with filters. There are a variety of colored filters on the market that will give an edge to your images. Try fitting a polarizer to the lens to enhance a blue sky and make the clouds stand out more. You can also use filters to cut down on reflections in glass and water.
    • Master White Balance: If color plays an important part in your composition, then you should take the trouble to make sure that the colors are accurate by taking control of the white balance setting. When the white balance is set to Automatic, the camera measures the color temperature of the light and then sets the white balance to produce a neutral result. However, sometimes you don’t want a neutral color balance. Perhaps you want your scenery to have a golden glow when you photograph it at sunset. In this case, you could set the white balance to Daylight or Cloudy for a warmer feel.
    • Learn How to Boost Color in Post-Production: If your images aren’t as eye-pleasing as you had hoped, make sure you know how to boost color in the digital darkroom. Whether you want a specific color to leap out or blend in, the Hue/Saturation Tool will help you to get the effect you want. You often don’t need much; just increase the Saturation slider until the image looks nicely pumped up. Be conservative. Always keep in mind that excessive editing will lead to image degradation in the form of noise and posterization, where color transition appears in abrupt steps rather than a smooth flow from one tone to another.

    Orange Tulips” captured by PictureSocial member Mia Rose

    Calibrate Your Computer Monitor: All computer monitors display variations in color, contrast, and brightness. Make sure your monitor is properly calibrated so that the colors you see on your screen are the colors you get when printing your photographs. Some monitors come with integrated calibration systems, but if yours doesn’t, you may want to think about investing in a calibration tool.

    About the Author Mia Rose (basic-photography-tips dot com) is a freelance photographer residing in Queensland, Australia.


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    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING SO CUTE?

    WEEKEND EDITION:
    CUTE PET PHOTOS !!

    Time to have a little fun with pictures!  For the weekend, just take a moment and enjoy this gallery of cute pet photos:

    Photo credit:  Imgion.com

    Photo credit: forum.xcitefun.net


    Photo credit:  fanpop.com


    Photo credit:  freefunnypicture.blogspot.com


    Photo credit:  dailyflicksandpicks.com


    Photo credit: bagofnothing.com



    Photo credit:  grit.com


    Photo credit:  funchap.com


    Photo credit:  setofwallpapers.blogspot.com


    photo credit:  loves-animals.com


    Photo Credit: cutebabiespics.blogspot.com


    photo credit: cute-animal-pets.com


    Photo Credit:  Mrwallpaper.com


    Photo credit:  thepet4u.wordpress.com


    photo credit:  wallpaperlepi.com


    Photo credit:  She Chive.com


    Photo credit: goodnature.nathab.com


    Photo credit:  greatinspire.com


    photo credit:  dark-horse-adaptations.blogspot.com


    Photo credit:  cutebabiespics.blogspot.com


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    Friday, July 29, 2016

    WHAT IS THE MOST BIZARRE WEATHER PHOTOS YOU HAVE SEEN?

    BIZARRE WEATHER PHOTOS:

    For the "Friday Special Edition"  I thought I would do something different and post some interesting photos and information about some of the most bizarre weather conditions we have around this old great earth of ours.   With the help of many  of the best websites on weather, let's take a look at some of the best weather related photos.

    Weather is an unpredictable force in our world, and sometimes the unthinkable can occur. Although all of the following weather phenomena are truly spectacular, there can only be one that holds the title of “Most Bizarre”.

    Volcanic Lightning, when lightning strikes occur within the smoke that billows out of a volcano when it erupts.



    Fog Tsunami, when a bank of fogs rolls on the surface of water, making it appear as a wall of waves slowly coming towards shore.


    Penitentes, when giant spikes of ice are created by the mix of cold temperatures, dry air, and a below freezing dew point.


    Anticyclonic Tornadoes, when tornadoes spin clockwise as opposed to counter-clockwise. This only happens in 1% of tornadoes and can be very hard to identify.


    Ice Shoves, when strong winds push icy waters to shore, forcing broken pieces of ice slabs to stack up on top of each other and then slowly creep onto land.


    Catatumbo Lightning, where lightning strikes at Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela over 200 days of the year.



    Fugiwhara Effect, when two hurricanes get too close to each other and spin around one another, creating a destructive storm at their converging point.


    Fire Tornadoes, when a fire generates a tornado-like atmosphere, creating a spinning vortex of flames.


    Ice Circles, when there’s water (usually in a river) with a moderate temperature flowing in a spiral motion, icy slush collects and eventually grows to create a perfect spinning circle of ice.



    Twin Tornadoes, when two independent tornadoes form destructive paths extremely close together.

    Sometimes the hail gets real large and can hurt or even damage objects it hits.




    Thanks to The Weather Channel for supplying these photos.




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