How To Photograph Buildings

Why do we photograph buildings? While we’re out and about, especially when we travel, buildings are often the focal points of our surroundings. There are certain techniques that can be used to photograph the buildings well and capture the essence of what you see with the naked eye.

How To Find The Leading Lines

If the object is guiding eyes in a certain direction along a path, you have found the leading lines. In other words, certain lines along the frame of a building will bring your eyes a certain way when viewing the building. This principle can help you to frame a good photograph.

Symmetry Is Your Friend

Just look up! Finding the symmetry (or lack of) when looking at a building can help you to find the perfect point at which to frame your picture. If a building is off kilter, curvy, or unique beyond straight lines, you’ll for sure want to highlight that in your photograph.

Check out this cool picture of part of a building from Olvera Street in Los Angeles

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“Olvera Street Windows” digitalmusingsart.com

 

 

      

Why The Camera Doesn’t Always Make Us Look Good

Have you ever had a photo taken of yourself, and thought, “Wow, do I look awful!” While photos aren’t meant to solely be a dig at our self-esteem, there’s a reason that the mirror and photos make us appear completely different.

The Camera Adds Ten Pounds!

This is sort of true. While eating a diet full of fast food is inevitably going to make you appear a bit larger than a camera will, the camera does add a few pounds to your appearance in certain circumstances. It all depends upon the type of lens being used.

Wide Angle Lenses

Wide angle lenses provide a shot that’s wider than your own eyes can even see. When this type of lens is used, it can actually bloat objects in the middle of the frame and stretch other objects that are on the outskirts of the frame. 

Telephoto Lenses

These lenses are more flattering on their subjects. Most photographers won’t use a wide angle lens for a project that is strictly for portrait photography. Telephoto lenses actually slightly compress the width of the “widest” parts of its subject. When you think of this kind of lens, think of the paparazzi. They will make you look flattering!

Other Sources Of Distortion

There are a few other ways that subjects in photos can become distorted. Lighting is one of the main causes of this difference in appearance. The flash, for example, illuminates a subject quite harshly. This is why lighting is one of the most important aspects of both photo shoots and television and movie shoots. Lighting should accentuate soft shadows of the face. A bright light shining directly on the subject is too prominent turns a face into something that should be in a horror movie- a shadowless figure. 

Mirrors Lie Too

Mirrors literally flip your own image around. The image you are used to seeing of yourself is actually the exact opposite of how you appear to others in the outside world. Trippy, right? Mirrors ultimately show a much different perspective than that of a photographer.

The right photographer can capture your true beauty with the right tools and setting. Just remember, beauty takes time!

This squirrel sure had a fun time posing for the camera. He didn’t even ask if he looked okay!

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   Be sure to check out all of the different “subjects” that Digital Musings Art covers on our website

   

Tips For Shooting Photographs In The Snow

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The winter may seem like a time when we’re stuck indoors, waiting for spring, cursing the groundhog for seeing his shadow. Winter is, in fact, one of the most breathtaking seasons with plenty to see and take pictures of. Bundle up, because we’re going to give you some tips for taking great winter photographs.

Wear Sunglasses If Needed

If it’s a sunny day, the light reflects off of the snow pretty intensely. Wearing sunglasses can help to reduce the glare.

Keep Your Camera Within Temperature

It’s worse to try and keep your camera warm when you’re in cold temperatures. Glass will fog up and you’ll miss your shot. Worse, you could end up shorting out components inside of the camera due to extreme temperature changes. If your camera is outside, let it adjust to that temperature. The only component you should keep warm inside of your coat is your spare batteries. They’ll drain faster when exposed to the cold.   

If Your Camera Allows You To Shoot In RAW, Use It

Using RAW gives you a good amount of flexibility with the editing process. It also allows you to solve problems that you may not have been able to correct, had you shot in a standard format. 

Don’t Use Auto Mode

This goes without saying for many photographers, but your images are more likely to come out darker and with a less desirable lighting than if you shoot in manual and adjust the aperture accordingly.

To Rid Falling Snowflakes:

  • Use a tripod
  • Increase aperture
  • Shoot with a delayed shutter

This can help you to get a better shot since the snowflakes won’t have time to get in your picture. Sometimes, you may actually want a snowy effect in your picture. Go for it! This technique is useful for those flakes that are falling super close to the camera.

With the right planning, you can have a successful photography session in the snow. The most important things are to keep warm and have your equipment handy.

If you’re looking for a variety of photographic art and some photo inspiration, be sure to check out all that Digital Musings has to offer. We know we have some photo art that will look great in your home or office.   

How Every Photograph Comes To Have Its Own Story

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If you have ever watched the sunset, or stood by the edge of the ocean and thought, “Wow, this is just breathtaking! My camera may not even be able to capture this beauty!” You could be right. The things we see with the naked eye often can’t ever be exactly replicated with a lens or on a canvas. The photographs we do take, however, encompass memories and feelings that are forever frozen in a moment in time. 

There’s a process to taking pictures where so much happens in one moment that the photographer actually works backwards in a way to describe his process.

  • How was the angle set up?
  • What was was the exposure set to?
  • Where was the photo taken?
  • What time of day was the photo taken?

Behind every photo, there’s a story. Photographs tell stories on their own, without any words necessary.

Our Stories 

We hope that you’ll join Richard Hinds of Digital Musings on Thursday February 9 at 2 PM at the West Bridgewater Public Library to talk more about the stories behind his photographs.

Rich will do a 30 minute talk about his photography on display. Then, he’ll be available for a Q&A while you take a closer look at the pieces he has on display. Hope to see you there!

The West Bridgewater Public Library is located at:

80 Howard St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Monday Musings 12/19/16

Tips On Taking A Good Family Picture

Over the holiday season, you’ll probably want to snag a family picture with the whole gang while you’re all together. Short of hiring a professional photographer, there are things you can do to get ready for a great family portrait. 

Get A Tripod

This is the first step towards a good photograph, as tripods remove any shaking (and thus blurry images) your hands may cause. Have one or two family members stand in frame and place your camera-mounted tripod in a good spot. You can even get tripods for your phone, so no matter what kind of camera you’re using, you’ll get a better quality photograph. 

Turn On The Timer

Just about every camera is equipped with an auto-timer. This feature will allow you to set the picture up with everyone in the frame and then join the picture, so no one is left out! You should have an idea of how long the timer is set for, so everyone can be prepared to say “cheese!”

Turn Off The Flash

While it may seem like a good idea to turn the flash on for a family photo, the picture will usually come out much better without it. Try to pick a room for your picture that has a lot of natural light. If you’re taking the picture in the darker part of the day, or in a room without windows (natural light is best!), make sure you turn on enough lights in the room.

Find The Perfect Background

It’s always nice to have a background that you’ll remember in a picture. Whether you gather your family around the tree or find a snowy scene in front of the house, choose where you take the picture wisely! You don’t want a bunch of wrapping paper strewn in the background of your photo.

Print And Frame

Last, but not least, you’ll want to print and frame your family photo. You may even want several copies to give out to family members as a gift at a later date. You can have your photos printed at a variety of retails stores, or print your own. 

For fun photographs and digital art to complement your walls alongside your family pictures, make sure you check out Digital Musings’ works! We’re always adding new pieces and prints for you to add to your collections.

Monday Musings 12/12/2016

Why Photo Art Makes The Perfect Gift

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Christmas. Buying gifts can be fun, but it can also get stressful at times. There’s always someone on your list who seem to have everything. There’s a great option that you have to give to those who are hard to buy for on your list:  art!

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“Cow in Pasture”

Art Is Suitable For Everyone

People always need something new to hang on their walls. It’s never wrong to give someone the gift of spicing up their home with new scenery. 

They Probably Don’t Have Anything Like It

When you purchase a piece of digital art as a gift, there’s a really good chance that the recipient has nothing else like it. Each piece of digital art is unique. Even moving a picture from one wall to another can give a room a different look. Art is the gift that keeps on giving.  

Art Is Portable

You can have art delivered right to your door. It’s easy to take smaller pieces of art on an airplane right in your suitcase as well.

Art Is Affordable And Unchanging

Unlike many popular electronics, art doesn’t require an upgrade. It’s worth the investment because the amount you pay for a piece of canvas art or digital art print is backed by lasting quality. 

Digital Musings offers an array of photographs and digital art prints for sale. Take a look around our site and place your order for a unique piece of art today!

SURPRISE! Digital Musings Is Featured In Another Gallery

Digital Musings will be featured in the Art Gallery in West Bridgewater Public Library! We will close out 2016 by showing our photography and digital art there. Stop by the library anytime from December 6 through the first week of January 2017.

A variety of pieces will be on display, including several from our recently concluded run at Better Bean Coffee. There will be a few new items as well, including “Wine Barrels en Vogue,” a 10-inch canvas.

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Stay tuned for a Facebook event to be posted for a talk at the library with Richard Hinds, creator of Digital Musings.

MONDAY MUSINGS 11/28/2016

We have just passed the peak viewing season for the foliage in Maine. The fall is such a magical time of year. Warm days turn into cool nights and green trees light up the sky seemingly changing overnight with beautiful, bright colors.   

The Best Time To See Foliage In Maine

Keep in mind that the further north that you go in Maine, the earlier the foliage will peak. Times range from late September in the far northern parts of the state to mid-October in the southern portions.

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Keep The Magic Of Fall In Your Home The Whole Year Through

Autumn is such a short season. It’s nice to be reminded of its beauty from time to time. You can easily keep a memory of the beautiful foliage the whole year through with a photograph like the one pictured. You can order this print, titled “Proud Maine Tree in the Fall”, and many other digital photographs and art prints right on our website: www.digitalmusingsart.com.

Monday Musings 11/14/2016

In the middle of winter, it’s often hard to remember amidst the ice, snow and cold that there’s still so much beauty everywhere, especially in our favorite summer spots. The beauty of winter is often more than meets the eye (or the freezing hand)!

This week’s featured photograph is titled “Golden Hour Sea Oats” and was taken at Powder Point in Duxbury, Massachusetts in the dead of winter. Golden light falling on the oats remind us of the simple beauty in nature. We often forget about our favorite beach spot in the colder months. This is for obvious reasons, namely that we don’t want to be freezing! Yet, especially by the ocean, there’s so much beauty the whole year through.

At Powder Point, it’s scenery changes ever so slightly with the seasons and it’s certain that each new season brings something new to this special spot, tucked away on the south shore of Massachusetts.

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You can order prints of “Golden Hour Sea Oats” here.

Monday Musings 11/7/2016

Introducing “Monday Musings,” a weekly blog entry that will highlight one Digital Musings image and provide you with some insight about the area or object it depicts.

The art print featured below shows the famous North Beach district in San Fransisco, California. Featuring an array of restaurants and cafes to choose from, along with many unique shops, there’s a feeling of the melting pot spirit in North Beach. You truly get a sense of what America is all about when you’re there.

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Nestled between Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf is what gives this spot such a vibrant cultural reputation. Everyone from writers, to investors, to explorers and artists come to mix together here, making North Beach a hub of activity.

This print is a limited edition of just 200 copies! Feel free to contact us with any questions about the print. Ready to order? Click the order form and a quality digital art print will be on its way to you!