tracey medcalfe photography | Newsletteraug2018

Newsletter August 2018

Good morning and welcome to August!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer and thank you so much to everyone that entered the summer vacation photo competition!!  I have had lots of fabulous images, but it's still not too late...it seems too early to close the competition when the schools are still off and the weather is just beautiful...so if you meant to pick one of your holiday images and enter it for a chance to win a photos session with me....you still have time.  See the special details below.

This months latest and greatest comes from a wonderful shoot I did earlier this year for a family with a graduating senior...I just love the energy and optimism of kids this age...the world really is their oyster and they are just about to embark on an amazing journey of discovery!

For the photographer in you looks at the topic of perspective and how it can be used to improve the depth of images that are two dimensional...yep you guessed it...photos!  Take a look at the article to learn how to incorporate perspective in your photos.

My own camera fun comes from my travels...a few images from our safari in South Africa...yes, we really were that close to the animals!!!

Have a wonderful August, and don't forget to follow me on Instagram if you have an account!!

Cheers,

~ Tracey xxx

 
Latest and Greatest

We had lots of fun on this shoot with flowers, signs and bridges and not forgetting lots and lots of leaves!!  Thank you to this lovely family for asking me to photograph them and in particular their  graduating senior, she is a wonderful girl and will do great things as she progresses through her journey!!  Best of luck to you and whatever you choose to make your passion!
Summer Vacation Photo Competition 2018

Thank you so much to everyone that has already entered the competition...I can't believe we are almost at the end of the summer holidays....I just have to keep this open for a final month!  So go ahead and dig out your favorites for the chance to with a photo session with me!

Email me your best summer vacation images to

tracey@medcalfe.com

include, the location of your photo as well as a title and I will enter you in the summer vacation photo competition - the winner will receive a complimentary photo session with one high resolution image to keep
It's that simple!

Click on the image of Table Mountain below to find out more!!

Closing date for entries - 31st August 2018
 
 
Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

For the Photographer in You - Perspective in Images

We live in three dimensional world...actually that's up for debate, but we certainly don't live in a world with less than three dimensions and yet we persist in making a record of our lives in two.  This isn't a criticism...I am a huge advocate of the two dimensional record and as you know have based my business around it!  Even though we are committed to recording two dimensional images, there are still things we can do to improve the illusion of three dimensions and to help our brains fill in the gaps.  In photography this is called perspective or depth.

It is the relationship between the objects in the image that gives it perspective and we have some tools that we can work with to enhance this relationship.   I have outlined them below.

Lenses
Wide angle lenses increase the distance between objects in an image, creating the feeling of space amplified by the lens.  We all know that the real house we visit when were looking for a new home, isn't quite as roomy as the real estate images would have you believe...this is because very often, they use a wide angle lens.

Conversely, telephoto lenses compress the distance between objects in an image and give a more crowded feel to an image.  This can be a great effect even with landscape images, but it is more commonly used in portraits or sports photography.

Lines and Perspective
Take a look at some railway lines and you will notice that it appears that they are getting closer together as the distance from you increases..this of course isn't real as we know that the railway tracks must stay the same distance apart to accommodate the train.  The brain is fooled into a three dimensional image when this can be incorporated in a photo.

Diminishing Perspective
This relates to the fact that things further away appear smaller than things close to you.  By including object that get smaller as they get further away in images, it creates a good depth of field for our brains to interpret.

Scale
Sometimes in images, it is useful to include something to represent the size of a familiar object.  Redwood trees look really impressive with a small person standing next to them to compare their size to.

Foreground Objects
Images with a lot of depth can be enhanced by including an object in the foreground.  This enhances the diminishing scale of the image and creates depth.

Both of the train images below show the diminishing perspective making the end of the train look much smaller in the distance.  Next time your out with your camera, try to think about these things that can enhance the three dimensional aspect of your images....and of course I'd love to see some if you want to share!

 
 
Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - South Africa Safari
 
I thought I'd share a few images from our recent South Africa safari with you.  Starting with a very stunning giraffe....and he knew it! Enjoy the gallery.
 
Quote of the Month

"It's not who you are that holds you back it's who you think you are not.” ― Denis Waitley
 
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