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AOP part 39: Frame Within a Frame and Posing Assist

I've talked before about door frames and their use. This is a classic example of how it works both as a frame within a frame and a posing assist.

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AOP part 38: Stop Shooting Square On

Somehow all portrait photographers are programmed to shoot square on to the background. It really does take some effort of will to move the camera off the perpendicular and go for some angled shots.

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AOP part 37: Different Room

I mentioned earlier that three of the rooms at the location were all brick wall spaces. There is a fourth room which has wood panels at each end and unpainted plaster on the remaining walls.

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AOP part 36: The Boxes

Ten years ago I created a large body of work around people bring trapped inside cells. This was exhibited in various places as both still images and a short video.

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AOP part 35: Negative Space

In general I think Robert Capa's advice, "if your pictures are not strong enough, you are not close enough", is pretty good.

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AOP part 34: Avoiding the Obvious

Now with a big post like this right in the shot it would be so tempting to do the obvious and use it for some pole dancing type shots.

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AOP part 33: DoubleTrouble

Just a quick aside, I've been involved with judging photo competitions and exhibitions for years. If you give your image a clever title, I can guarantee that us judges have heard it before.

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AOP part 32: Striking

And now we have the exact opposite. I have increased the saturation of key elements and pushed the contrast at the extremes as far as I can safely go.

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AOP part 31: Removing Drama

In most images we are looking to add impact, our standard tools for this will be saturation and contrast.

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AOP part 30: 'Sperimenting Some More

So of course I tried some more experiments, this time so that Maja was more clearly defined within her own space around the edges and letting the centre do whatever needs to be done to accommodate the final pseudo-kaleidoscope treatment.