In our local and national news, we so often see images of conflict, and that is why it is so important to share moments of our communities coming together. In this image taken by Kevin Wolf, we see a member of the Arlington Police Department playing basketball with local youth at an event called National Night Out. The event, which started in 1984, occurs on the first Tuesday of August and is meant to increase awareness about police programs and anti-crime efforts in communities.
John Sonderman does a fantastic job of capturing the soft glow of these floating lanterns. Looking at the image, we see the water as still as glass reflecting the shape of the lanterns and their glow, an interesting parallel. The photograph leaves the viewer with a calm and contemplative feeling, which is what I enjoy most about the piece. Thanks for sharing, John!
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.