Photographing with Intention

Photographing with Intention

There's a lot to learn with photography and it can very quickly become overwhelming. Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition, light…. All of these areas require time, patience and practice. One topic that doesn't get talked about much is shooting with intention.

Shooting with intention means choosing the settings on purpose to achieve a predetermined specific result. It also means asking a LOT of questions. I would argue that having a clear vision for your photo is critical to making it compelling. Asking Why? What do I want to convey? What am I trying to say? What is this photograph about? (not to be confused with what is this photo of). What prompted me to pick up my camera? How can I best create the photo to represent my message? What about when the scene is constantly changing you ask? People are coming and going, kids are running amuck. You can still shoot with intention, even in those tough, quickly changing situations.

Here’s how:

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10 Step Photography Workflow with Lightroom Mobile

10 Step Photography Workflow with Lightroom Mobile

Are you interested in learning more about how Lightroom Mobile can streamline your photo workflow? In this article I will explain in detail how I use Lightroom Mobile as part of my photography workflow. A phone and tablet app, Lightroom Mobile has revolutionized how I get photos from my phone onto my computer, as well as allowed me to work with my photos while on the go.

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How to Remove Spots with Lightroom

How to Remove Spots with Lightroom

No matter how well you care for your camera and lenses, chances are good that you have spots on your sensor or lens that become visible on your image. Nothing is more frustrating than editing your image to perfection, only to notice a spot after printing. If you use Lightroom for your photographic organization and editing needs (which I highly recommend) there is a feature that was introduced in LR 5 that will make removing spots in your photos uber easy. The days of squinting and increasing the screen to 100% and scrolling methodically through the entire image to look for spots are over! My friends, meet the Visualize Spots Feature!

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How to Use Back Button Focus

How to Use Back Button Focus

Have you ever wanted to set the exposure (meter) for one area of the photo and focus on another area? The solution is to use back button focusing. A common application perfect for back button focusing is creating silhouette photos. If you use just the shutter button to focus on and meter for the subject in your scene at the same time, the camera will increase the exposure on the subject so it can be clearly seen. This results in two things --  subjects that are not in shadow and a blown out sky. When using back button focus, each of these functions (focus and exposure) are determined separately.

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Stop It!

Stop It!

To create a correct exposure, three factors come into play -- aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Collectively, they are referred to as the exposure triangle. Each setting has specific creative applications. They work together, mathematically, to create an exposure. When adjusting any one setting, you are changing the amount of light entering the sensor. To maintain the balance, another setting must be adjusted proportionately.

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