Issue 11 - December 12
Welcome to Issue 11 of Chasing the Light eZine from your new editor, Freya. I’m absolutely thrilled to be introducing this December edition, which is packed with a whole bunch of gems to inspire and inform your photography.
David provides his usual Compositional Tutorial, this time leading us through Reflections on Symmetry as he works on the shore of Buttermere in the British Lake District. This month’s Field Trial continues with Part 2 of David’s Soft Wear for Harsh Climes series, this time with a particular emphasis on layers (of the clothing, not Photoshop, kind!).
For Stepping Back, David explores the challenges of capturing one scene through the seasons to create a graphic representation of the passing of time near his home in Dorset. In the third of his video tutorials, David presents another Fundamentals of Post Production demonstration, and there’s the Member’s Gallery, with constructive comments from David on your own work.
From other contributors we have the second installment of The Bizz by my good self, where we delve into the dark art of Self Publishing. And we embrace the art of environmental portraits with this month’s Guest Feature from Rod Edwards. His work in the area has been highly acclaimed, and here he shares some his best shots, as well as some of his secrets to achieving that ultimate record of personality and location.
To all our f11 Members we hope you’re enjoying the ride, but we need your pictures. If you fancy being featured in the Member’s gallery send us an email with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.
For those of you who have not yet signed up, take a look at the benefits of f11 membership here. By joining, you’ll receive full access to the monthly edition of our ezine, as well as other goodies.
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Sometimes it pays to step back from the tripod and just look. When the wait for the light is over and the Decisive Moment is nigh I can be so busy assessing histograms, levelling the horizon, rummaging for rings or positioning filters that the true serenity of the scene in front of me passes almost unnoticed as I rush to make the perfect exposure.
Getting out of the car was the hardest part. The temptation to sit tight and just wait for the downpour to ease was strong, but great pictures are never made from the car park.
The Video Tutorial: Post Production, Part 3..
Last month, in our first article in The Bizz series, we explored how to go about getting published via the traditional route? That is to say, with a publisher. This month, we're going to strike out beyond the traditional to explore the brave new world of self-publishing.
As autumn slides into winter the last few diehard leaves are clinging on against the harsh reality of the inevitable. I doubt many would rate late November as a favourite time of the year for landscape photography here in the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere; the fall colours have gone, the verdant summer is a memory, winter has yet to unfold, days are short, dark and far too often grey and the countryside seems drab and dormant.
Pardon the pun, but let's face it, studio portrait photography can sometimes be a little bit dull. Whilst shooting people in front of plain-coloured backdrops can help concentrate the viewers attention on the subject, it can do very little to tell the story of your sitter. Clever lighting can only go so far in conveying a narrative behind your image. This is where an environmental portrait can come in to it's own.
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.
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