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In fact, the exercises I am going to provide can come up with a substantial impact on your works, all depends on your creativity and understanding of the key principles. Next, you will understand which particular skills require more development and will come up with exciting and practical training.

1 Think like your camera

As we see the world around the naked eye, it does not correspond to how the camera sees it. Therefore, for training composite vision the "frame technique" is used. This is some kind of perspective in photography. Every time you notice some interesting story, exposition, shot look at it not with your eyes wide open, but through the rectangle camera frame.

This technique is adopted by artists and will allow you to develop your view and enhance photo in advance. Fantasy comes in handy when you do not have a camera at hand. Alternative methods: taking photos on the phone or using one fixed lens or one focal length on the zoom lens during training. You can analyze frames from movies its arrangement and what was in the frame and what remains outside. It is important that these were films that were awarded prizes for camerawork it will protect you from utterly unnecessary analysis of lousy composition.

In General, pay attention to the European cinematography there is much to learn from the aesthetics of the picture light, color, composition, shape. "Pop" Hollywood movies will not bring you much help in the development of artistic taste, but you can learn to create a commercial pics.

2 Squint!

The distribution of light and color spots has a significant influence on the harmony of the composition. Squinting helps to notice them in real stories. So if you saw an exciting composition, try to squint and to appreciate the harmony of the spots in this plot. An alternative option is to use blur filters on ready-made photos in the best photo editing software you use to evaluate the footage. Squinting also helps bring the visual perception of the plot closer to how your camera "sees" the world.

You probably noticed that photos sometimes do not look like you see the story they sometimes do not have enough colors and halftones to convey the beauty of the picture. Despite the fact that modern technology is constantly improving, cameras with a dynamic range that compares with the dynamic range of the human eye have not yet released. Our vision adapts much better to the lighting, we can distinguish and cover much more details and halftones rather than the photosensitive matrix of the camera. When you squint, your ability to discern details in lights and shadows drops significantly, and this brings you closer to how your camera perceives the world.

3 Use monochrome shooting mode

Turn Picture Control (Nikon) or Picture style (Canon) into monochrome this will allow you to abstract from the color and focus only on the tonal contrasts of the scene. And this is very important in the early stages of learning the old paper texture. In this case, you need to take pictures using the Live View mode, as the viewfinder will not allow you to use this function of black and white mode. An alternative method is to make photo black and white afterward their viewing and analysis.

Photography began with Black and white. It is beautiful and at the same time requires serious work on light and composition. You'd be surprised how much more natural and at the same time harder it is to work in a black and white space where the only contrast you can work with is light and shadow. That's why black and white photography (or monochrome) will help you to see and understand light and volumes better. See also best photoshop plugins.

This exercise is similar to drawing with a simple pencil instead of using a variety of colors. It aims to hone the skill of transferring volumes using the correct distribution of light and shadow.


That's all for today. I hope that my advice will be useful to you, and the article at least a little, but will inspire you to storm new heights. It is not necessary to give these techniques all the free time you have. Everything should go on as usual and any most challenging work should be compensated by rest.

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