Life on the Streets: The Secrets of Street Photography

Life on the Streets: The Secrets of Street Photography

Life on the Streets: The Secrets of Street Photography Are you the kind of person who loves to ‘people watch’? Are you looking to push your street photography into the public domain? Would you like to learn to capture life in its purest form? Well, then you need to read these essential tips and tricks to mastering the intriguing art of Street Photography. Street photography has been the foundation for so many famous portrait and landscape photographers over the years. Its increase in popularity with new photographers is no surprise due to the boom in social media. Yet if you ask any photographer “what is street photography?” you are guaranteed to get a different response each time. That’s what is so brilliant about this genre of photography. What is Street Photography?  There are no ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’ with street photography. Just like there are no right ways to go about writing a book or painting. It is entirely about sharing your own vision as a photographer with your audience, showing them a snippet of life on the streets through your camera’s eye. Street photography can be quite similar to documentary pictures, that show images of people living in certain situations or societies around the world. You as the photographer should aim to mirror society as you see it. The reason street photography is so successful is because of the emotion and connection a stranger can make with the camera. A successful street photographer knows how to evoke emotion from the audience, hit you in the gut, and bury a lasting memory in your mind. Sometimes, these style of images...
Memorable Travel Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide

Memorable Travel Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide

Memorable Travel Photography Tips & Ideas: The Complete Guide Have you ever wanted to take better vacation pictures? Or learn the best travel photography tips and tricks from experienced travel photographers to help capture these unforgettable moments from a once-in-a-lifetime trip across the world?  …well then, you need to check out this complete travel photography guide packed full of ideas and unique tips from the experienced words of the iPhotography Tutors on how to take stunning travel photography and create memorable images to fill your travel albums. Introducing Travel Photography Who wouldn’t want to pack up their belongings and travel the world with their camera? Well whether it’s a long weekend, 2 weeks in the sun or a gap year that you’re planning then there’s always an opportunity to create some stunning and iconic photographs to add color to your travels. You may be travelling to the big city, a quiet cove away from the world or rarely ventured villages in distant forests, either way, we are here to help you with packing for that journey so you can return home with stories that will filter down the generations. We are going to look at how you and your trusty camera can return home with wondrous images that will make your friends and family green with jealousy! Research Your Trip If you’ve already chosen your destination then you need to know what’s on offer in terms of travel photography opportunities, so researching your trip is vital to do before you jet off. The internet is a fabulous source of information to be able to look up your destination and...
Abstract Shadows

Abstract Shadows

How to Creatively use Shadows within your Photography It’s time to release your inner child and get creative with abstract photography. Using shadows within your photography can not only be fun but also creates some really exciting abstracts. There are lots of different ways you can utilise shadows as the main element of a creative photo. Here at iPhotography we want to give you some ideas and tips on photographing shadows, so that hopefully we will inspire you to try some of these out for yourself. Photograph basics 101: Photographers tend to focus on light within their images; without the balance of light and shadow, images can lack dimension and texture – the overall result can then end up, well… flat. In fact, we often think of light as one of the most important aspects of photography. Shadows tend to be considered as less important – they are after all, created by a lack of light. However, this could be a major mistake to make, for light is nothing without shadow and vice versa! Shadows are a great way to add contrast exquisitely within your image. They are a way of adding highlights and lowlights. This is particularly important to keep in mind for black and white images, as you rely on contrast. You cannot use or manipulate colour to add interest, so the responsibility falls on the contrast to bring your image to life. Tip: When framing and deciding on composition for your shot make sure you pay attention to the surrounding light and shadows. They can be used to enhance your images, but equally they can create...
“What is Abstract Photography?”

“What is Abstract Photography?”

What is Abstract Photography? Abstract photography… it’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it. But let us consider why that is? Abstract photography can be intimidating to photographers because of the amount of freedom that comes with it. The rules are….well, there are no rules! You know the saying: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, well abstract photography is exactly what the viewer makes it, and it can hold many different interpretations, views and opinions. There has never been an exact definition of what exactly ‘abstract photography’ is; similar to abstract art, it offers many different ways of looking at a subject. The image itself will not be literal, so the subject comes second to actually “seeing”. There is often no clear cut definition of what the object could be, leaving a great element of mystery surrounding the subject – could there be more to it than meets the eye? Abstract photography can be really fun. It’s a great way of seeing day to day objects in a different light. It provides the opportunity to look at an object in more detail. Shots are often visually interesting (as well as creative), which is great news for those who like to explore and think outside of the box. Is Abstract Photography for You? As we know, any kind of photography is subjective and everyone has different opinions and responses. The only way you’ll ever really know is to give it a go! One of the advantages of shooting abstract shots is it’s so inexpensive, you don’t need to source objects or spend money on...
Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

“Location, Location, Location” So you’ve decided to broaden your horizons and venture out into the big wild world, but you aren’t too sure where to begin.   It’s entirely up to you where you want to shoot, you might feel really passionate about a certain type of location or setting or just be spell bound at the vast amount of things you can shoot. Location shots always help to tell a story, think about what kind of story you want to tell, or mood you want to depict. Whether that be a romantic beach setting or an eerie, dark forest scene, you are only limited by your imagination. Scout Out Your Location To begin with we would suggest going on a location scout, you don’t need to be a fully fledged brownie scout to do this either. For the day you’re going to put yourself in Dora’s shoes, grab your camera and your friend and simply go exploring. As you know you don’t always “see” things the same way you see through the camera, so it’s important to take various shot of different locations on your travels to gauge a feel if the location is right for you. It’s like a first date, if you aren’t feeling it or the vibe isn’t right, get up and go, you haven’t made a commitment to that location after all! It’s handy to have a friend by your side, not just for the company! Friends or family members can be a great source of practice if you are choosing to use a model or subject in your photo then see how this could...