Monet is the most famous of the Impressionist artists. In fact, the name of the movement comes from a derogatory remark from a then art critic who mocked one showing of the movement telling how it looked like bad wallpaper. Monet had a painting called “Impression Sunrise.” The art critic saw it and classed them all as “Impressionists.”
Monet lived in the time that photography was beginning to be expressed as an art form in its own right. Before photography, the only way to depict a scene was to draw it or paint it. Now the two means of capturing any scene were mixing and mashing together in interesting ways. Monet even dabbled in photography.
Today digital photography is an art form. The photo editing software available today is being manipulated in masterful ways to fashion images captured from a scene into works of art. Read the rest of this entry »
Ever since my son was born, I have been very interested in photography. I purchased a really nice camera and have been doing my best to learn the ins and outs of photography so that I can capture some of the most important memories in our lives. It hasn’t been an easy process, however; taking good pictures is much harder than you would think. There are a few things that you can do, though, that can help you achieve your goals.
Using your flash can ruin a picture if you don’t know what you are doing. As a general rule, if you are inside, you shouldn’t use your flash. It will make your pictures look unnatural. Instead, open up your windows and allow as much sunlight to filter in as possible. If you are outside, use your flash if your subject is in full sunlight. It will help temper extreme shadows.
Don’t be afraid to take your photographs in close proximity to your subject. The closer you are, the more likely you will be to cut out anything from the background that may take away from what you want to photograph. While it is true that you can always crop a picture later, often the resolution is not nearly as crisp as it originally was. Save yourself the hassle of editing, and move in towards your subject!
Take as many pictures as possible. You don’t have to use them all, and you will spend some time going through them to weed out the good from the bad. Still, the more pictures you take, the more likely it is that you will capture several that you love. In addition, you never know when you will stumble across a new way of taking a picture, whether it involves changing up the level you are shooting from or rotating your camera vertically as you take a picture.