Let Patience Yield The Magic
As we paused to watch a performance just outside of the castle, I became distracted by the low-flying birds overhead. One. Two. Three. A fourth. I wondered if I could capture one in midflight. I lifted my iPhone and composed a wide frame to retain the context of the environment—the castle and a performer focused on his audience—while leaving a wide-open space for my subject to position itself, in its own time. Standing steady, I tapped the sky to create an area of focus and just waited. After several minutes and a couple of misses, this beautiful bird soared into place and I tapped the shutter button just a moment before its wing aligned with the tip of the castle.
I chose to process the image in black-and-white using the VSCO Cam app to minimize color distractions, tone down a too-vibrant blue sky and to put visual emphasis on the simplicity of the composition and spontaneous alignment of subjects. I chose the B5/BW Moody filter and kept the filter saturation at +12. I then increased the contrast by +1, rotated the image just a bit, reduced highlights to +3 and sharpened the image to +6.
Challenge yourself to reveal a fresh view of a tired scene. Study the environment, and notice when and how unexpected moving elements such as people or birds add a dynamic element of interest. Then give yourself time to anticipate and capture the magic.
Stephanie Calabrese ( www.stephaniecalabrese.com) is an award-winning documentary photographer and author of the best-selling The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity, 2nd Edition and Lens on Life: Documenting Your World Through Photography.
Raw image files are great, but they come out of the camera half-baked. If you’re not sharpening your RAW image files, your images won’t look their best.
Your ownership information can be embedded directly in EXIF metadata from the moment of capture. Here’s how.
Shooting with equipment that complements your individual aesthetic can lead to images with more depth and meaning
Full-frame DSLRs are hot! The reasons?
For many years, the two most popular types of digital cameras have been compact models and digital SLRs. Each offers advantages over the other.
All-in-one zooms that can cover wide-angles to telephoto