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Swept Away, creative photography by Nino Estrada

Swept Away by Nino Estrada

Swept Away by Nino Estrada

Just another artistic swimsuit photo to end the summer. Telling more of a visual story with the all the elements in the shot.

A story to tell workshop, August 2012

nino estrada photography workshop, model shoot

A group of people giving up a day, sharing the same passion, honing their craft, a day of camaraderie and fun.

Spent a day sharing what I know in photography last Saturday (August 12, 2012) with a group of great people. I can definitely say I’ve learned more from them that they did from me, from the conversations and the behind the scenes moment of the workshop.

The workshop was a fast track to artistic and creative photography, from the basics of proper shooting posture, operating their cameras to exposure and composition. Applying all these knowledge in being creative in artistic in their story telling. Knowing the basics gave them the freedom to experiment and of course creatively ‘break’ the rules.

artistic and creative portraits by Nino Estrada

To all the participants, our photographic journey continues, it’s just more fun now as we have all built good relationships sharing the same passion…taking fantastic images.

courtesy of Noel Gosiengfiao

Watch out for the next one and of course the next series.

Sydney Workshop, August 25 on creative and artistic photography

see you there!

The workshop is open to anyone – from beginners to photo enthusiasts – anyone keen on sharing and learning the basics of photography and how one can fast track learning artistic and creative photography.

Workshop outine:

Review the basics
– Camera basics.
– Shooting posture.
– what you need and when you need it.
– the workflow, simplified for everyday photography.

Fast track to creative and artisitic photography
– The elements of the perfect exposure.
– Aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation.
– Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective.
– Use of your flash & shooting techniques in low-light conditions.
– After reviewing the technical part, time to be creative.
– Artistic and creative composition, pushing the bounderies and telling a story.
– Concept, implementation and execution.

Working with your subject/ Application/ Model Shoot
– Working with your subject.
– Model posing. Lines, curves the best angle.
– Model Shoot, time to apply what was discussed. FUN!
– Artistic and creative portraits, the story the emotions.

The workflow.
– Organising your folders.
– Adobe photoshop simplified.
– Selective editing. Image enhancement.
– Resizing.

No prior photography knowledge.
We recommend you have a digital DLSR although we cater for digital compact users.
Memory Card(s) – we recommend at least a 2GB card.
Charged camera battery and a spare.
If available, a laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed or Adobe Elements.

visit for a sample of what you can achieve through this workshop.

contact Roy, to book your slot, slots are limited.

create images like this!

In the right light

In the right light

In portraits, remember to place that catch light to add some sparkle on your subject’s eyes.

Photography is derived from 2 greek words “photos” and “graphe” together it means “drawing with light”. Whether you would like to take photos using ambient or natural light or having full control using flash, light is an important aspect of a photograph. The type of light, angle, direction, and amount should always be factored in. Each element will have a its own unique effect and can change the overall appearance of a photograph.
Taking photos during mid day with the sun at its peak will result in deep shadows hence the need to use flash to properly expose your subject and the background. An afternoon sun can produce a nice glow to your subject when directed at the back of your subject. Overcast conditions are always good for taking portraits although a fill-in light should be used such as light bouncing off a reflector.
Always remember, if you can’t control the light or the direction it’s coming from, try to move your subject or yourself. Trying different angles and subject placements would do wonders on a photograph.
Using flash or strobes is always good in terms of making an image in a controlled environment.

Chase the light and tell a story

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams

Autumn Fairy

creative editorial by Nino Estrada

Autumn Fairy

Taken June 2010

2 Light set-up

1 Fill light

f:11, iso 200

Model: Isidora Sukkar

The full picture

Use the whole image to tell a complete story

Another critical element of a good photograph is composition, understanding this key element will allow you to tell more of a story, add depth, show complexity, convey drama and  create an emotional response.

The right spot.

Putting you subject at the centre of a photo may be adequate in taking photos but it does not always tell a good story.  Perhaps you’ve heard of the Rule of Thirds, it is a creative guideline for taking photographs that will allow you to give your image a more dynamic flow.

Placing your subject one third of the way in any direction will allow you to fill the rest of the image and tell a better story.  You can use this in a variety of ways such as: conveying movement, creating drama and anticipation around your subject, connecting with the subject’s eyes or when placing your main subject among other elements.

Using the rule of thirds gives this image a sense of motion. A journey towards a destination.

The Focal Point

A good image will always have a good focal point where the eye normally rests. The subject’s eyes, a subtle sparkle reflecting on a window, a bright spot or a rock, always remember that everything should lead to the main element of the photograph.  Busy can be good only if it complements the main element, but be careful in all the confusion make sure the viewer is not left to be just that, confused.

What’s in the background

Yes, the background is also a critical element of the final image.  The background should complement your subject and should be able to provide a cohesive theme to support the story.  The background should not clutter the image, distract from your main subject or distort the overall impact of the main element in the story.  Always note how your background blends with your subject, be wary of accidentally making your subject grow horns by placing your subject in front of a pole or a tree branch.  Experiment on depth of field to create drama or uniformity.

The foreground.

A foreground can also add cohesiveness to the main story or be taken for granted to be a distraction.  I usually choose to use the foreground to make the image complete, but I also make sure that the foreground does not interfere with the main subject such as covering important elements of my main subject.  Using the original part of the scenery, like leaves or grass is also more appealing and conveys a better story than cropping the legs or taking half body shots.

Draw the viewer’s eye

Add depth to your image and draw the viewer’s eye to your main subject.  You can do this by using leading lines, colour contrasts, lighting, and framing or by adding some mystery to the image by positioning the subject to the right.  Generally people look at an image left to right as this is how we normally read.

Create a full picture, use the entire image to tell a story…

“I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity in which you can find drama. Add to that a careful composition of landscapes, live photography, the right music and interviews with people, and it becomes a style.” – Ken Burns

photography by Nino Estrada

Hi everyone,

Here’s my first entry into my weekly photography blog.  Sydney based professional photographer, I aim to freely share some practical knowledge and techniques when it comes to creative photography although I must admit I still have a lot to learn and I only have my works to speak for themselves and 14 years experience in both film and digital photography, I only hope that readers would see the passion and love I have for this craft and hopefully one day have the same appreciation and interest in photography.

For the people I have collaborated with in the past and/or  currently working with, this blog is also to acknowledge my appreciation for the creative input and hard work.

For all our clients, past or current whom we have established great relationships with, you have all become my dearest friends and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity and trust you’have given me in doing these assignments.

For our future clients, at the end of the day or at the end of each assignment what matters to me the most is your friendship. Not only do I make sure that I give you images that are creative, elegant, artistic and professionally done we are also in the business of building relationships.

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