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Whether you're just starting out in photography or have been shooting for years, finding a beautiful composition can be a struggle. In a presentation entitled "Crush the Composition", world-famous photographer Scott Kelby shares his advice for capturing images that speak to you. There's a little something for everyone here, from a brief, 4 minute introduction to the traditional basics of composition at the 6 minute mark, to a humorous and unforgettable lesson in the importance of having a great subject at 56 minutes. The video is posted on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FpHMuK7Htic. I'd love to hear what you think. What did you find most helpful? Would you recommend this for others in the WyzAnt community? Happy shooting!  

The annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) will be held in Atlanta January 10-12, 2016. The speaker list is packed with some of the biggest names in photography, including some of my favorite instructors.    Some of the speakers have prior presentations available on YouTube, including the highly recommended videos below. (Click on the title of this post to open it and reveal the embedded links.)   Jerry Ghionis: Posing Everyone Roberto Valenzuela: 21 Point Posing System   Peter Hurley: It's all about the Jaw!   Lindsay Adler:  Shooting at Noon   For more information on the convention, visit ImagingUSA.org. If anyone from the WyzAnt community will be there, please let me know.  It would be great to meet you in person.

Liquid Crystal Display   (See Photo Here) Sometimes you don't have to venture farther than your own backyard to discover an intriguing photograph. The combination of the pattern on the tablecloth, the filtered light with deep, black shadows, along with the remarkable water droplets combine to create an interesting scene. South Florida has had an exorbitant amount of rain this year, so our patio, along with all that resides out there, is in a constant state of saturation. Because of this my lovely wife placed a clear plastic cover over our outdoor tablecloth to protect it. Once the daily hurricane-like rain stopped and the sun started to shine through; huge water droplets formed on the tabletop appearing almost like mercury from a broken thermometer or like liquid crystal. It was so unusual, and it created such a unique scene, I just had to photograph it.

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