Articles by David Coleman

Art and Photography

A recent conversation with a photographic colleague brought up an interesting topic.What do you see as art in your photography?My answer was everything.How did I come to this conclusion?The photography medium has been described as documentary, but I beg to differ.A few years ago I was lucky enough to become acquainted with an artist who helped me shape my way of looking at my craft.He asked me once where I saw art in the world and I listed a few examples, to which he said yes, you are... continue reading

Creating a white seamless background

One of the most versatile backgrounds in portrait and commercial photography is the white background.Giving the appearance of a white room with no walls is simple to create once you have the knowledge to do so.The digital age has made it simpler and cheaper to use.When I started in photography, it required a lighting setup that was cost prohibitive.at least two flash units on the background and two on the subject were requires.Now all it requires is four lights that can be bought at any... continue reading

Backyard Photography

I spend a lot of time outdoors photographing. Sometimes driving for over an hour, then hiking deep into the forest to find that special image that every art director will want to buy (or at least that is my hope!).Lately, though, time and weather have not been cooperating with me.Because of this, I have found that I have been overlooking a treasure in my own backyard.Siting on my deck one evening I noticed all the activity on and around my deck.I grabbed my camera and started shooting.... continue reading

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

Anyone with a camera can take a good snapshot, a photographer can frame the image, make sure the lighting is correct and keep the viewers interest.An artist sees something different in every subject.Making the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY.Lets look at what can change an image, starting with details.The image below is a detail shot of and ordinary plastic flower pot with ordinary plants inside.When the sunlight hits this pot at a certain angle, the pot becomes see through and the plants cast... continue reading

Basic posing techniques

In portrait photography there are two basic poses. The C pose and the S curve.The S curve pose in predominantly a female pose while the C curve can be used for both female and male model, while being predominantly a male pose.In this blog we will explore these poses.The S curve for the female is defined by drawing a line the top of the head and following the middle of the body to the knees.Please view these images in full, most of them are vertical and cropping them for this blog obscures... continue reading

educate yourself with Dreamstime

A recent blog visit to a new photographers thoughts brought this subject to mind.When I was a beginning photographer many years ago a talented and very open minded professional photographer took me under his wing.He taught me everything he knew, creating his own competition.Eventually I moved from the area and his business returned.Several years ago, I found this site, joined and found a new mentor.When I joined here, the site was new, but grew quickly.I found many great photographers,... continue reading

Cemeteries

Cemeteries provide so many opportunities for photographing works of art in stone. Every community has an old cemetery that reeks of history and amazing art.The craftsmanship practiced by the artists that created the images for grave markers that have stood the test of tome.This first example is of an entrance to a very old graveyard in Cleveland Ohio.The very old entrance archway is a work of architectural art in itself.constructed of cut stone and created by a master stone-cutter, it is... continue reading

Leading lines

Most experienced photographers know the concept of leading lines.They are one of the most basic elements of composition.Years of studying the masters of art show these lines as a major element in some of the greatest works of art, whether it be photography or the work of the old masters.Leading lines work as tour guides to your image, taking the viewer deeper into the image or leading them to the point you want them to see.The most obvious for of leading lines is railroad tracks.They... continue reading

Simplicity

Thanks to a recent blog I read, I have been reviewing my portfolio to analyze selling trends for my images.My best selling images all seem to have the same quality.....Simplicity.The images are uncluttered and simple ideas expressed in a simple way.The first image is an office door entrance. Notice there is nothing distracting in the image, no reflection in the window that draws attention (the angle had to be changed to avoid my portrait in the image), nothing surrounding the doorway,... continue reading

Unusual uses for manequins

When I lived in Cleveland, Ohio, there was a building owner that thought it would be pretty funny to pose a mannequin in a third floor window dressed in weird clothes and light it at night.Many passers-by thought they were seeing a ghost in the window.I am seeing this done even here in West Virginia now.Apparently the idea caught on. I have seen several uses for mannequins since then other than their intended use.There is another business in the Cleveland area that occupies an old... continue reading

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