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The Art of Photography

At a gallery reception where I was featured artist, I was asked by several people how I achieved some of the effects in the photographs that were on display.  I indicated that I used Photoshop.  One of the people who heard my response was a bit surprised.  She pointed to one photo in particular and asked what I had done.   I said that I had added clouds to that shot and erased some people that, in the original, were off to one side.  She asked me, “isn’t that cheating?”  I then asked her, if she was painting a landscape that she was looking at, and decided to add clouds...

So What Exactly Is Depth of Field?

Depth of field is a relatively simple concept that can get fairly complicated. Simply put, it’s the area of a picture from front to back that is sharply focused. What’s so complicated about that, you may ask. Here goes: depth of field is generally controlled by three factors. The first is the aperture opening (see my blog “It’s all about light”). The higher the f-stop number (meaning more light is stopped), the greater the depth of field. In gauging the depth of field, keep in mind that the rule of thumb is that one third of that depth is in front of the subject and the other two...

It’s All About Light

Most of photography is all about controlling and/or manipulating light. There are three factors that come into play in this effort. One is the camera’s f-stop. This is the diameter of the aperture in the lens, which is much like the iris of your eye. What confuses most people is that the larger the f-stop number, the smaller the lens opening. It might be easier to remember that the bigger the number, the more light is stopped. Maybe not.  Anyway, if your camera is set to f4 for example, the lens aperture is wide open: stopping the least amount of light. If you set it to f16, then the...

Will My Pictures Look Like That?

The short answer to that question is: probably not. Several years ago my good friend, George Williams, and I spent a three day weekend taking photographs along the peninsula that separates Lake Huron from the Georgian Bay in Ontario. At the end of the trip we compared results. With a few exceptions, it was hard to tell we had been on the same trip. Even though we had both photographed the same things, our perspectives and interests were vastly different. I suppose that’s one aspect that separates the art of photography from just taking snapshots. There are three components to photography that...

Welcome to Rick Reda Photos

As a photographer I’ve had the good fortune to have traveled to many places.  I’ve walked with penguins at the bottom of the world, sailed through the Panama Canal, stood in the Coliseum in Rome, hiked across glaciers in Alaska, gazed upon the tallest mountain in North America, visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and watched elephants splash in the Chobe River in Botswana, just to name a few of my many incredible experiences.  I’ve also had the great fortune of being with the best traveling companion ever: my wife.  Experiencing these people, places, and events has and is wonderful, but...