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.   

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 11/7/2016

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!

Announcing Our First Gallery Opening

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Digital Musings is proud to announce their first gallery opening on Wednesday, November 2nd, starting at 5:30 PM at the Better Bean Coffee Company in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Established in 2012, Richard Hinds set out to create memorable images. His aim has always been to bring out the extraordinary in the ordinary, and to find beauty in the littlest details. On opening night, Rich will be on hand from 5:30 to 7:30 PM to answer questions and talk about his process from camera to canvas. 

A selection of his pieces will be on display for the entire month of November at the Better Bean for patrons and newcomers alike to enjoy. If you can’t make opening night, we encourage you to head in sometime before the end of November and enjoy a nice latte along with some unique art. The pieces going on display have been taken in a variety of locales, including Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and Costa Rica.

Upcoming gallery dates for 2017 will be announced on this page, so stay tuned!