Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1431 (1:10:35)

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that there are six tips that photographers need to learn to "tidy up" their images (Sample photos here)

  1. Crop tighter to get rid of stuff that takes away from the image.
  2. Fewer objects in the image can also prevent distraction. Keep it simple rather than have a cluttered image that viewers don't know what to look at.
  3. Rhythm and repetition adds order to a picture. Five different things that are exactly the same and one that's different causes the image to pop because of the rhythm.
  4. Frames. Look for natural frames in the image to give subjects a good place to sit. Like a doorway or a window.
  5. Lines. Lines that lead bring the eye to the subject.
  6. Fewer colors. Reduce the amount of colors in your photo. Go monochrome with a strand of color that naturally appears. You can do this in post, but it's a great exercise to find it in the wild.

Check out Chris' new workshop: Discover Adobe Lightroom.

Don't forget our current assignment - "Shadow." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "shadow" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "shadow" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!