What a great portrait taken at the Tidal Basin by Flickr user xmeeksx. The model, styled with an old school paperboy cap and red lipstick, gives the image a chic vintage look. The decision to desaturate or mute the tones of the image enhances its overall mood and makes the viewer really ponder over the photograph. This effect can be accomplished in the post-production process using tools to adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, and clarity. To add additional ambiance you can play with the curves tool.
Check out this great photo taken by John J Young of the 4th of July festivities on the Mall. When shooting these type of photographs, it is essential to use a tripod so that your camera remains as still as possible for the most precise shot. You may also want to use a cable release or wireless option for triggering the shutter. Shooting at a low ISO is preferable to ensure the cleanest shots possible, something like ISO 100. A common misconception is that a photographer must have a fast lens to take successful firework photos, which is not true. Using an aperture somewhere between f/8 to f/16 works quite well. Thanks for sharing this photo, John, and hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!
What a great nighttime shot taken by Geoff Livingston! Black and white photography in itself can be challenging and even more so when you are working at night. Creating successful black and white photos takes a lot of practice, and you must train your eye to see in tone versus color. To avoid your image looking flat or dull, seek out scenes with tonal contrast. In Geoff’s photograph, the bright whites coming from the car lights create dramatic shadows against the concrete and fence that can also be enhanced in post-production. You can shoot your images in color and later convert to black and white on your computer. This allows you to capture more information in the original photo, so you have more control when you edit.
This photograph taken by Victoria Pickering during D.C.’s Pride celebration is genuinely captivating. The upward angle of the camera elevates the subject who is framed eloquently in the nook of this building. The figure projects an air of confidence as her head is raised high and her gaze focused on the day’s festivities all the while holding the multi-colored flag of the LGBT movement. Thanks, Victoria for sharing this image that embodies the strength of Pride.
This image was taken by photographer Lorie Shaull at The Poppy Memorial, a temporary memorial located on the National Mall. Taking photographs of young children like this can be very unpredictable as they are constantly in motion and difficult to direct. One way to work with this obstacle is to get out of the studio and let them roam free and see what happens! Also, like Lorie, try shooting your photographs from the child’s level. Shooting from a lower angle gives the viewer the opportunity to see the world from the child’s perspective. Thanks for sharing such an adorable shot, Lorie!