Capturing Stunning Images

Dinner Tree, Derby
Dinner Tree, Derby

There are a few secrets to capturing stunning images which will make your images stand out from other images. Some of these aspects are discussed as follows.

Good Composition

Composition is essentially the way the subject is organised in the frame. This has been covered in several articles on this Blog as follows.

Excellent Exposure

The exposure is determined by the camera settings and the following camera setting can have a large bearing on the exposure.

  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • White balance

There are other articles on the Blog relating to exposure.

Superb Lighting

The composion and exposure of an image can be controlled by the photographer, however the lighting is mainly determined by being in the right place at the right time. An exception to this is when artificail lighting is used.

Good lighting is generally obtained when the sun is low in the sky, near sunrise or sunset and this type of lighting will emphasize textures.

Flash can also be used to improve the lighting. It has been stated many times that photography is essentially painting with light.

Post Processing

Post processing can turn a good image into an excellent image. Below are some of the suggested improvement and adjustments that can be made. For further information see some of our articles on Photoshop and Workflow in the menu to the right.

  • Exposure
  • Highlight adjustment
  • Shadow adjustment
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Saturation
  • Vibrance Color balance
  • Sharpening
  • Blurring
  • Selections
  • Burning-in
  • Dodging
  • Hue\Color
  • Black and white
  • High Dynamic Range
  • Tonal Contrast