Create More Dynamic Images

A hiker backpacks through the Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness Area, UT

A hiker backpacks through the Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness Area, UT

If you follow my blog posts, Facebook posts, or have ever been to one of my seminars or workshops, you know that I use the word “dynamic” like nobody’s business. I talk about creating DYNAMIC images to no end.

What does that mean in layman’s terms? Sure it’s a nice word that sounds legit, but what does it mean to create a dynamic image? Let’s examine this image a bit and see what it is about it that makes it dynamic (IMHO–of course).

1. Light. This image sings with life because of the broken light highlighting both the hiker in the FG and distant rolling hills in the BG.

2. Subject. The hiker is dressed in appropriate clothing for the activity, and most importantly, he’s wearing colors (including the backpack) that help him to stand out and draw the viewer’s attention. It was simply good fortune that the colors on him happen to match the colors in his surroundings to a T, but I’ll take it!

3. Composition. By getting low to the ground, I’m able to include another element of color and shadow adding depth and dimension to the overall scene. I always look for areas of contrast within the frame that will carry the viewer through the image. We see that here with a shadow/highlight/shadow/highlight pattern from FG to BG. Additionally, the subject has been placed in one of the thirds intersects of the frame, giving it aesthetic balance and plenty of context for where the hiker is headed.

4. Exposure. I intentionally underexposed this image by a 1/2 stop or so to give it a bit more drama and to make sure and not overexpose the greens in the flowers. Additionally, this underexposure deepens the shadows and emphasizes the contrast between bright and dark areas of the image.

The next time you’re out shooting, write the word “dynamic” on the back of your hand, and give yourself a little reminder!

Shot with Canon 5D, 70-200 2.8IS, Singh Ray LB Warming Polarizer

Recent Published Work

As always, I’m pleased to share with you some of my most recently published work.

1. Elevation Outdoors Magazine Feb/Mar 2010

Image of Weston Deutschlander at Snowbird, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of Elevation Outdoors Magazine

Image of Weston Deutschlander at Snowbird, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of Elevation Outdoors Magazine

2. Discrete Headwear Catalog 2010/11

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of the 2010/11 Discrete Headwear Catalog

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography on the cover of the 2010/11 Discrete Headwear Catalog

3. Black Diamond 2010 Trekking Catalog

Image of Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

Image of Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

Image of Rachel Barker and  Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

Image of Rachel Barker and Joel Welch in Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness by AdamBarkerPhotography in the 2010 Black Diamond Trekking Catalog

4. Outdoor Photographer Magazine Feb/Mar 2010

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

Image of Julian Carr at Alta, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

5. Backcountry Magazine Mar. 2010

Image of Drew Tabke at Solitude, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Backcountry Magazine

Image of Drew Tabke at Solitude, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Backcountry Magazine

6. Skiing Magazine Mar. 2010

Image of Rob Greener at Snowbasin, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

Image of Rob Greener at Snowbasin, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

Image of Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

Image of Antelope Island and Great Salt Lake by AdamBarkerPhotography in Skiing Magazine

7. Mountain Sports & Living Spring 2010

Image of Big Cottonwood Creek, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Mountains Sports + Living Magazine

Image of Big Cottonwood Creek, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Mountains Sports + Living Magazine

8. Outdoor Photographer Magazine Apr. 2010

Image of Weston Deutschlander in Wasatch Backcountry, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine

Image of Weston Deutschlander in Wasatch Backcountry, UT by AdamBarkerPhotography in Outdoor Photographer Magazine