Archive | April 2011

Photo show thru April 22nd in Yardley

The AOY Art Center Hosts its First Show of the Year With a Focus on Photography and 3D Sculpture

The Artists of Yardley Art Center will showcase Photography along with Ceramics and Sculpture for its first show of the 2011 season. This exhibit opens on Friday March 25th from 5p.m. to 8p.m. and runs through Friday, April 22nd. Light snacks and refreshments will be served at the opening.

The public will enjoy the beautiful historic backdrop of Patterson Farm as they look at photography and sculpture from over 25 talented artists. AOY artist member Joanne Donnelly Seglem, who is working on the show, says it is combining the past with the present that makes this show so special. “When the Patterson Farm was built, the photographic medium was still in its infancy. Now the public has an wonderful opportunity to appreciate this ever-evolving medium that captures a singular moment in time against a backdrop of hallowed history”.

The show hours are Wednesday through Friday from 1p.m. to 6p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5p.m. or by appointment. The show is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Full Moon Tonight

There will be a full moon tonight!  It  might be partly cloudy, so let’s wish for good weather.  It will be an excellent time to experiment.  The moon is the brightest object in the night sky and the most difficult  to photograph for amateur photographers.  You think it’s dark, and you will need more light but the moon is BRIGHT and can be very tricky to shoot.

Since the moon is lit directly by the sun, set my camera white balance for sunlight and shoot on manual.  Start at 200 ISO, 1/150 – 1/250 shutter, and the aperture between f/8 – f/11.  You will need a tripod and just for extra measure set your camera timer.

Some camera shops in the area will rent lenses if you would like to go a little more extreme and shoot with a 300mm, 500mm, or even 800mm.   Just play around and have some fun.

Please post any pictures that you take or any comments that you would like to make about your experience.

Baby Photo Tips

Get a Baby’s Perspective

Get down to your baby’s eye level and see the world through their eyes. Sit on the ground, or lay down if you need to. Physically moving to their level will give you a new and unique perspective. Move around and experiment with cropping. Make sure to come in close and observe the little things in those moments too- their hands, feet, smile, etc. Play around with the perspective and you’ll find some amazing little moments to capture that you would have otherwise missed standing up. Zoom in a little so you’re not on top of your baby. Try not to use the wide angle part of your lens so you don’t distort your babies face. Also if you can use window light instead of flashing your little one, you will probably get better results!


Composition Guide Lines

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one

The Twelve elements listed below are in accordance to their importance.

Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.