On composition, part 18: Illustration

If you’ve ever wondered what makes the clusters of foam seen on plants sometimes, it’s this spittlebug nymph, shown in the process of hiding itself. This illustrates behavior, but not anatomy too well.

This one was inspired by this recent post, but let’s look a little closer at using photos for illustration.

While all [...]

On composition, part 12: Mood and metaphor

Moods and metaphors are present in a lot more images than many suspect, and in many cases they’re recognized only subconsciously. Being able to induce them in the viewer is one thing, but simply noticing when the opportunity presents itself to your camera is a directly related skill.

Sometimes it’s simple. When I say, [...]