Abstract photography tips and techniques

Three Looks at Abstract Photography Tips and Techniques

A few weeks ago we posted a blog entry that traced the roots of photography from the coining of the word through some of the best early techniques for creating photos. You may recall that we displayed Heliography, Daguerreotype and Photogravure before pointing to an article that described other interesting methods.

After we reviewed these early techniques for altering the reality of what photos showed we thought you might find it interesting to see some of the more recent techniques for special effects. What follows are references to three articles we found interesting not only for their techniques but for the photos used to demonstrate these methods.

First we see an example of the methods offered by The School of Digital Photography in this article that might lead you to have a budding interest in abstract photography:













Next we take a look at how we can use Nature to create Abstract Photography in this article and example from it:


And then we finish up by viewing the works on display here that adapt manmade structures to an abstract format:


As you can see, Abstract Photography can use many “real” scenes as subjects while sharing many of the powerful techniques that create these special effects.

Let us know what you think.

Walter Krieg

Fall colors – an october photo walk

October Photo Walk: Fall Colors

First, let’s talk about the Fall. Many consider it to be the most beautiful time of the year! As our first reference tells us, “Gorgeous colors vibrantly encoring the end of summer as the trees put themselves to bed for the long sleep of winter.”

What happens that makes the leaves turn to such vibrant and beautiful colors? It all starts with photosynthesis. Leaves typically produce their vivid hues of green from spring through summer into early fall through the constant creation of Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the key component in a plant’s ability to turn sunlight into glucose (a sugar), which in turn feeds the tree. Many millions of these Chlorophyll cells saturate the leaves, ultimately making them appear green to the eye.

Present in leaves and trees are other colored substances. As the Fall days begin to get shorter and shorter, the production of Chlorophyll slows to a halt. As the Chlorophyll disappears the other colors present in the leaves begin to appear. Actually, without the presence of Chlorophyll in the leaf, the bright golds, reds, yellows, and browns would be the natural colors seen year round. Read more about how it all happens here. You will have to click the address below to reach the page.

https://smokymountains.com/area/ and click on the Fall Foliage Map

And now that we’ve talked about Fall, let’s get back to how it looks. The next few photos come from a 23 photo slide show you can see at the link below. These photos were taken in the Southern USA at the very beginning of the season of change and give a strong hint of what is to come.
































As we head a bit further north we see that colors are more present since the sun stopped creating our green color sooner. Here are two photos taken recently in Pennsylvania.






You can see more of this set of photos at:

And now into New England we see that peak foliage season is already here.




See more New England photos in the slide show at:

Now that we’ve seen the range of colors that appear in the Fall let’s get out this weekend and see how our regions’ colors are developing.

Let us know what you see.

Walter Krieg

Food photography with the NY times food photographer


We know that quite a few of our dotPhoto clients and visitors are food and cooking enthusiasts. I must confess that I am one as well having worked in the restaurant industry for a number of years. One of the things that always concerned me was food presentation. I always wanted our dishes to look as well as taste great.

Once I became interested in photos I started to notice that food photos could be quite attractive and even mouth watering. And, you may recall that we published a blog in August that spoke of the literally millions of food photos now residing on the Internet. In that article we featured a California-based food photographer by the name of Lisa Gershman and her West Coast style.

Since then we’ve kept our eyes open for another expert opinion on food photography. We also thought it would be fun to get a point of view from someone here on the East Coast. As luck would have it we came across this article about techniques to be learned in food photography from none other than the food photographer from the New York Times, Andrew Scrivani. Mr. Scrivani is not the author of our featured article but he is the source of the knowledge that our author, Robin De Clerq was able to gather.

Here’s a quote from Robin’s article that lets us in on Mr. Scrivani’s core beliefs as a food photographer. “The more intimate you are with your subject matter, the better your photography is going to be.” And more, “Food photography is three dimensional art. It has a structure, and you have to photograph it that way.” Here’s one of Mr. Scrivani’s photos. More can be seen and learned in the article linked below the photo.



Let us know what you think.

Walter Krieg

Analog photo techniques you should know

Here are 9 Analog Photography Techniques you’ll want to know

Historically the idea of capturing images and finding a way to keep them has been around for many years. When I came across the analog photography methods we present here I decided to look more closely at the origins to see what brought us here.

I learned from this reference (http://inventors.about.com/od/pstartinventions/a/stilphotography.htm) that the word Photography is derived from the Greek words photos (“light”) and graphein (“to draw”). It was coined by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839 to describe a method of recording images by the action of light on a sensitive material. But the use of cameras dates much further back.

Alhazen (Ibn Al-Haytham), was a great authority on optics who lived around 1000AD and invented the first pinhole camera, also called the Camera Obscura, and was able to explain why the images were upside down. But it wasn’t until 1827 that the first true photographic image was created. Joseph Nicephore Niepce created sun prints as they were called by letting light draw the picture. And we’ve progressed from there.

On our way to current cameras and photographic techniques we passed through an era that saw us create many different and interesting techniques for creating photos. They included the nine methods you can explore in the article we feature here. The methods described and discussed include:







And Photogravure among others



You can see the styles and efforts and techniques used to create them in this article.

Let us know what you think.

Walter Krieg