Elegant simplicity, adding interesting visual elements, advanced composition, and more…

Today we have some great articles. Composition comes to the fore with a piece promoting simplicity in your images and removing any extraneous distractions in your compositions. There is a great reminder that better composition and adding visual elements will make for more interesting photographs. If you need a second camera or are looking for a budget DSLR, then here is a list of the 10 best budget finds and why you should escape your portfolio or at least the static notion of the portfolio we have today

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Tighten Up Your Compositions – When it comes to photography, simplicity is a great composition tool. The more cluttered the image, the harder it is for the viewer to discern the subject from the chaos. Simply stated, reduce the composition to its basics and the viewer can comprehend why the shutter was pressed. Include too much and the result is discord. Here is a great piece on why you should think about composition and continue to pare back what's in the frame.

raccoon walking on lawn grass
Photo by Gary Bendig

Learn advanced composition techniques with this comprehensive course – Getting composition right has always been the greatest challenge for the photographer. If you’d like to get better at photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, you should take a look at Advanced Composition. This course goes beyond the ‘rule of thirds’ to cover composition concepts such as colour placement, rhythm, and texture to name a few. Take a look at this course here. 

How to use visual elements for more powerful photography – Using powerful visual elements to create more impact in your photos relies on great composition. It’s not just about ending up with a photo that has something eye-catching in it. It’s more about creating it in such a way that the meaning or point in the shot is immediately seen and understood by the viewer.

leopard on tree branch
Photo by Gwen Weustink

F stop Chart (Aperture Stop Chart) Explained – Here is a link to a handy-dandy f stop chart. You can download this f stop chart for free and keep it on your smartphone/tablet/computer and use it as a cheat sheet for your photography. You can also take a printout of the same and keep it in your pocket or camera bag.

The Best Budget DSLRs in 2021: 10 Picks to Kickstart Your Photography – Perhaps you are looking for a DSLR to begin your photography journey or perhaps you need a second back-up DSLR and are working to a budget. In this article, you'll find listed 10 of the best budget DSLRs on the market today.

zebra animal
Photo by Frida Bredesen

Escaping Your Portfolio – An interesting philosophical take on the portfolio. If you are building a portfolio it might be worthwhile thinking of your body of work in a different way. Too many people, fall prey to the notion that everything you create should drive toward the ultimate portfolio. This unintentionally stifles creativity. This article recommends ditching that idea and letting your portfolio come together in an edit, not in a “how to spend your time” way.