Catching the Spring Colors of Provence on Camera

by Robyn Porteen
( April 21st, 2015 )

Provence LandscapeThe colorful spring landscape of Provence, in southern France, is an ideal spot for perfecting your outdoor photography skills. The fields of lavender begin to bud there in the late spring. In addition, wide expanses of poppies in red, yellow, white and pink dot the landscape and a wide spectrum of greens light up the region from Marseilles to Aix en Provence to St. Tropez. Of course, all of this is framed in clear, blue skies and bathed in sparkling sunlight.

Tips for photographing the wonders of Provence

If you’re headed to France this spring, make sure to follow these tips for catching the brilliance of this region’s spring beauty.

Rustic Dwelling

1. Get in front of the sun. It’s a rare spring day in Provence that doesn’t feature full sunlight. Keep the glare from ruining your shots by getting out early in the day (or near dusk) and making sure that the sun is at your back. Shooting at an angle can also help to prevent shadows from marring your image.

Girl Provence

2. Add people to the landscape. As compelling as the Provencal countryside can be, eventually one beautiful vista starts to look like another. Make your shots unique by adding people to the composition. Even a single person sitting on a rock or in a field will add a focal point to your picture and draw the viewers eye.

Lavender Details

3. Don’t forget to look down. Although the grand vistas of Provence can be breathtaking, sometimes the tiny details at your feet can make the best pictures. Small wildflowers just blossoming, rock formations, and babbling streams can all make for interesting images.

Provence is also a cultural destination for modern art, food and wine, and of course the beautiful seaside!

City Provence

Photography:

Copyright: Preve Beatrice, philophotos, konstanttin

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Animals Gone Wild! Hide Your Cameras!

by Robyn Porteen
( April 11th, 2015 )

Sea TurtleAnimals Gone Wild!

The animal kingdom has decided enough is enough! After decades of being highlighted in funny videos and photographs since the beginning of time, they have decided to take photography into their own hands….or talons, paws, webbed feet and beaks!

Owl On Camera

The movement to take over all of the cameras worldwide has spread rapidly and all species are getting in on the act!

Squirrel

Even domestic animals have heard the call.

Kittens

Some animals may even try to rid the world of cameras by dismantling them and scrapping out the parts.

Monkey Eating Camera

Lizard on Camera

Be warned, the longer the animal kingdom has control over all of the cameras in the world, the smarter they will become! Animal selfies will take over the internet!

Dog Selfie

So keep your cameras hidden and Keep Calm and Snap On!

 

Photography:

Sea Turtle: Copyright: Oksana Golubeva
Owl on Camera: Copyright: donyanedomam
Squirrel: Copyright: Stanislav Duben
Kittens: Copyright: Grekov
Monkey Eating Camera: Copyright: Kwanchai Chai-udom
Lizard: Copyright: Arber Gjoni
Dog Selfie: Copyright: damedeeso

 

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Use Lens Flare to Create Dramatic Photography

by Robyn Porteen
( April 2nd, 2015 )

Many photographers try hard to avoid lens flare — those stray bright spots resulting from light reflection. But when you’re looking for a creative technique to brighten up your photos, lens flare may be just what you’re after. Consider placing your subject between the sun and your camera to achieve interesting and unusual effects.Lens Flare Couple

Why use lens flare?

Many top photographers are using lens flare, also called sun flare, to highlight warmth or brightness in shots. Portrait photographers commonly use post-processing software to add lens flare to their images.

Lens flare occurs when stray light bounces around the lens and the camera’s sensor picks it up. It typically includes round or curved light areas along with stray light flashes and lines of light.

Lens Flare Trees

How to achieve it

To achieve good-looking lens flare, you’ll need a light source coming straight across your photo. Shooting either in early morning or late in the day, when the sun is lower, with flare coming across the side of a frame works well.

Lens Flare Lady

Remove the lens hood from your camera to allow more light to enter the lens. You can experiment with completely taking filters off the camera, or try combining them for an interesting effect. To capture flare successfully, make sure the sun or other light source is either in your frame or close to the edge of it. Experiment with various focal lengths and try composing in different ways to give you the best placement of flare in your image.

If you’re shooting directly into the sun, use extreme caution to avoid damage to your sensor or your eyes. Wear sunglasses, and don’t take much time composing your shot. Nice flare effects usually can be achieved with just a little sun streaming in from the edge of your shot, which minimizes any risk to your eyes or camera.

Lens Flare Water

Using lens flare in your travel photography

Many of the best lens flare photos are achieved in travel destinations, especially in places where sunlight can fall on the front element of the lens. Snowy environments, beaches and deserts often are backdrops for beautiful photos incorporating creative use of lens flare. Shooting across water as the sun rises or sets can create interesting effects as the flare combines with reflections.

Lens-Flare-Girl

Instead of shrinking from lens flare and taking measures to avoid it, break the rules! Consider using this easily achievable technique to create beautiful effects in your travel photography.

 

Photography:

Sun Flare Couple: copyright – maridav 
Lens Flare Trees: copyright -Roman Rvachov 
Woman on Path: copyright – Andrii IURLOV
Water Sun Flare: copyright – waldru
Girl Sun Flare– copyright – Warren Goldswain

 

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