The Al Buehler Cross Country Trail…

Yesterday, I went for a walk to the Al Buehler Cross Country trail with my friend Teresa. We were going to an Indian buffet in the evening so we decided that we needed some exercising to get ready to devour some Chicken Masala and other spicy specialités. I have been taking golf classes with the Duke undergrads at the golf course by the Washington Duke Inn for a year, and Teresa had biked around the trail in the past so we knew the trail already. We could have gone to the Sarah Duke gardens, yes, but we were feeling like hiking on a trail rather than just walking around at the gardens. The Al Buehler trail offers amazing views of the green North Carolina’s nature. For instance, check this pound out:


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Original vs. Edited: Exposure…

It’s time for an “original vs. edited” post!

Previously, I tried to define what exposure is in a very simple way: a photograph is underexposed when the amount of light and brightness is reduced so more shade and darkness are created, and the edited image looks more obscure than the original. In contrast, a photograph is overexposed when the amount of light and brightness is incremented so details that were originally hidden by shade are clearer and the edited version looks brighter than the original. Of course, this sounds very abstract if one lacks of a picture to compare these two concepts. That’s why, let’s see what happens when we underexpose and underexpose a picture I posted some days ago.

Some friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a short mystery movie in Wilmington, NC. The first day of filming the sky was very grey and it even rained heavily for a while, which made filming both challenging and exciting. We end up filming a distinguished beach house mystery (coming soon)! Among the pictures that I took to document our adventure, I particularly like this one because of the dynamics established by the interaction between the sky, the ocean, and the pier. Let’s see the original:

cielo 4 - copia(Wilmington, NC. May 2013)

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Some Basic but Relevant Tips on Photography Composition…

Composition is perhaps the most important aspect of photography for me. I have developed an increasing awareness about it and would like to believe that this awareness has made my photographs look better progressively. Because our eyes tend to explore images both horizontally and vertically rather than to focus on a single central point, arranging the elements of a picture creatively can make a photograph more dynamic and appealing.

However, I don’t consider myself an expert on composition, so, like I said in a previous post, when facing a new adventure, consulting people with previous experience sounds like a good idea. By simply typing “tips photography composition” on Google, I was able to find the following web page some time ago; this link has been very useful since the first time I read it. These 10 tips are pretty basic (rule of thirds, balance, depth, and so on) and you may unconsciously know them already; however, they are quite relevant either if you are beginner or want to continue boosting your photography skills. Read them carefully; I guarantee that after reading them, you’ll feel like grabbing your camera to explore new possibilities.

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

Obviously, these are just tips, recommendations, pieces of advice, and not fixed rules that everybody needs to apply irrationally and all at the same time. Use the ones you consider more relevant regarding the effect you want to create in your photos.

Now, let’s see a concrete example of how some of these tips work. This is a picture of my best friend Teresa when we were in Wilmington, NC, last May filming our most recent short.

teresa wilmington

I modestly like this photo a lot. As you can see, I employed some of the tips of the webpage: Continue reading “Some Basic but Relevant Tips on Photography Composition…”