Photography This Week Productivity Edition

Photography This Week: Deep Dive Edition

Since we took a look at my top three tips earlier in the week in a short post, I thought it'd be helpful to add some context to those. We get a little bit smarter about how light works at the golden hour, improve our framing and avoid some of the most common mistakes.

Breathtaking Photography: Shooting in the Golden Hour

For the most part, the best photography is done in soft light, since it better depicts the colors and shape of the subject. Some photographers do use hard light, particularly to generate specific effects, but overall soft light is preferred for virtually all kinds of photography.
Takeaway: I picked this post because it has some nice, short descriptions of how the light works during the golden hour, as well as tips on how to use it. Very accessible.

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

Once you are familiar with these composition tips, you'll be surprised at just how universal most of them are. You'll spot them everywhere, and you'll find it easy to see why some photos "work" while others feel like simple snapshots.
Takeaway: I feel like composition is the place I need to put most of my energy. This piece covers a wide swatch of information about framing techniques.

Avoid These 9 Beginner Photography Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Images

Make a conscious choice about what you include in your image and what you exclude.
Takeaway: In much the same way as it's hard to prove a negative, it's hard to find information out there on avoiding post-processing all together (as opposed to just mistakes to avoid in post-processing). This is the closest I've come across, focusing on how to you can prepare to avoid common mistakes.

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Big Picture Natural World Photography

Deadline: 3/31/2015

Subject Matter: Lot of opportunities in this nature-focused contest, sponsored by another organization that's hoping to drive change through photography.

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