August is here and it is usually a time, in most places of the world, when the weather does it’s dirty work. And if you are lucky, you can capture some amazing photos of the weather, if you are not running for your life.
Today’s photos just shows the amazing photos of August storms, or bad weather in general. See if this doesn’t inspire you to try taking these photos:
I put this title up on this page, and asked myself: “I always have my subject as the main focus point”! Or do I? I recently got a hold of this article from Picture/Correct, and the article was written by Wayne Turner. As I started to read this article, I was realizing how many people really miss this point. So, I want to share this with you and see if you don’t learn something too:
I cannot emphasize how important it is to give your subject the place of importance in an image. Its correct placement and the removal of any competition only makes the photo more effective. Besides creating photographs that are truly memorable it gives an overall quality to your photos.
Let’s try something in order to illustrate this point. Go to your old photo albums or shoebox full of pictures, or, if you’re totally digital, go through the folders on your computer. If you have a photo album get yourself a box of those little red dot stickers that come on a roll. If you have a shoebox of pictures get ready to sort them, and if you’re digital get ready to drag and drop into two new folders.
Now here’s what to do. Choose a selection of your images, for example, the first 10 pages of the album, a pile from your shoebox or a folder on your computer. Sort them into two piles, drag them into two folders or place a red dot on the images in the album. In one pile place all the images that have a clear subject. If the subject can be clearly identified as the central focus of the photo put it in one pile, drag it to a folder, or place a red dot on it in the album.
So what’s the purpose of this exercise? What I am trying to illustrate is that you will probably find that the pile, folder, or red dots will be much smaller or fewer than the other pile. Why? Because most people just don’t give the right amount of attention to their subjects. It’s remarkable but it’s true. Without any subject, focal point, or an object of attention the image can only be mediocre. A photo needs a clear subject. Here’s how to improve your photos.
1. Choose a Clear Subject
If you’re at a family gathering don’t just take general photos of large groups. Zone in on people and create smaller groups of twos and threes. Make sure that when someone views your images the subject clearly says, “I am the subject.” In every play or movie there is always an actor that takes the lead and can clearly be identified. The same goes for your images. If the subject is not clear then the photo is not clear.
2. Be Selective
The problem faced by many amateur photographers is that there are too many subjects and they’re not sure which to include. The answer is simple, be more selective. Narrow down the options and shoot just one. If the others are important then feature them in their own images. It’s better to take three images each with its own subject than to take one in which no one can identify the subject. The focal point is vitally important, as it draws the eye.
3. Exclude Clutter
Competition is the enemy of any subject in an image. A subject should never have to compete for attention in a photo. If it doesn’t clearly say, “I’m the subject,” then it isn’t the subject. Clutter does just that. Anything that clutters an image and has the eye jumping between different parts of that image has to go. Look around the scene when looking through your viewfinder or at the LCD screen and see if anything encroaches on the edges. You can crop the image on your computer, but it’s always better to do it in camera.
4. Get in Closer
Besides helping you to exclude clutter from around the edges of the image it helps you to give the subject a more prominent place in the photo. Bigger is better when creating memories. It’s the subject of the image you want to see in 20 years’ time, and if you need a magnifying glass to see a loved one, then it’s not a real memory. Size will always help a subject take its rightful place in an image. You don’t always have to have every bit of the subject in the image. Sometimes just the face is better than the whole person or part of the car is better than the whole.
5. Place Your Subject Carefully
The rule of thirds states that a subject or focal point should be placed slightly off center in an image. Why? It makes a far more pleasing photos and the eye is drawn to those points in an image. Having the subject placed slap bang in the middle of the image is not as effective. If you divide your image into thirds vertically or horizontally like a tic-tac-toe or noughts and crosses grid, where the lines intersect is where you place your subject. Try it and you’ll see just how effective it is.
About the Author: Wayne Turner has been teaching photography for 25 years. Passionate about photography, radio and video, he is a Radio CCFm producer and presenter in Cape Town.
Here are some more photos, where the subject really stands out:
It was only on July 24th, that on this blog site, I introduced Canon’s new DSLR camera that took a big leap into the future. Feature for Feature, Sony had the market for a while. But, Canon is big enough, and has the right amount of engineers to create the ultimate camera to compete or beat the Sony DSLR.
And now Sony just announced their new DSLR camera again, with even more impressive specs on this one than their previous camera. Here is an article from Digital Photography School to explain what they have done:
After months of rumors, it’s finally official:
The Sony a7S III will hit the shelves in September, offering a whole host of brand new features, including a stellar autofocus system, a class-leading electronic viewfinder, pro-level video recording capabilities, and much more.
Let’s take a closer look.
What is the Sony a7S III?
The a7S III is Sony’s latest video/stills hybrid camera, which replaces the a7S II (a camera that debuted way back in 2015 and was long overdue for an upgrade).
The a7S III is a full-frame mirrorless model and technically designed to excel at both video and still shooting. But there’s a clear lean toward videographers, thanks to advanced recording capabilities such as:
4K/120p video (with a 1.1x crop)
Internally recorded, uncropped 4K/60p video (with a recording limit of 1 hour)
Internally recorded, uncropped 4K/30p video (with no time limit)
10 bit 4:2:2 recording
As you can see, there’s quite a lot to satisfy serious videographers, such as the internal 4K/120p (for high-quality slow-motion footage), as well as unlimited 4K/30p shooting (for projects that require longer recording times).
You also get in-body image stabilization, as well as impressive high-ISO performance and at least 15 stops of dynamic range (according to Sony, anyway).
But while the a7S III is an impressive video contender, how does it look when arranged against more still-centric cameras? Can it hold its own?
Can the a7S III work for still photography?
At first glance, the a7S III is an extraordinarily capable camera for still photographers.
I mentioned the in-body image stabilization above, and that’s a boon for videographers and still photographers alike. You also get dual card slots, important for a select crowd of professional photographers, and a fully-articulating LCD for capturing images (or video) from awkward angles.
And the a7S III packs a 9.44M-dot electronic viewfinder, which is by far the highest resolution EVF currently available in a mirrorless camera (the former EVF champions sit at a still-respectable 5.76M-dot resolution). This should put to rest any claims by photographers that mirrorless EVFs just can’t compete with OVFs, because a near 10M-dot EVF is going to look insanely good.
The a7S III also features a new AF system, offering 759 phase-detection points, as well as 10 frames-per-second continuous shooting with a buffer of 1000+ RAW images.
All this seems extremely impressive, but for one major feature:
The a7S III only packs 12 MP, which is perfect for video but deeply disappointing for still photographers, especially in the current resolution-hungry market. These days, full-frame cameras offer a resolution of at least 20 MP, but often push higher, from 24 MP in the Sony a7 III to 61 MP in the Sony a7R IV.
Of course, there are photographers out there who aren’t caught up in the megapixel craze, and those folks might be willing to use the a7S III for still shooting, assuming they also have significant video needs. But megapixels aren’t just about marketing; a 12 MP camera does offer serious limitations in terms of high-resolution printing, as well as cropping in post-processing.
So while the a7S III is a truly impressive video camera, it (like its predecessors) sacrifices too much to be a serious still photography option for most shooters.
The a7S III will hit the shelves in September for an MSRP of $3500 USD, and is currently available for preorder here.
Now over to you:
What do you think about the a7S III? Are you pleased? Disappointed? And would you use it for still photography? Share your thoughts in the comments!