Author: Samuel Kleis

Arts & Culture

The Importance of Color

While color has existed since the dawn of time, it has only been in mass use since the 1960s. When it did arrive, however, traditional photographers, critics, and philosophers, were either skeptical, as it challenged their way of creating a photograph, or saw it as a gross overreach of commercialism […]

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The Whole Is Greater

In the early twentieth century, Gestalt psychology was founded by German and Austrian psychologists Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka, and Wolfgang Köhler. Gestalt psychology has greatly influenced our modern study of human perception, claiming that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It initially arose as a countermovement […]

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Content vs Form

When analyzing the composition of a picture, one can find two major categories of elements: content and form. However, separating the two for the sake of analysis is an impossible task while carrying behind it philosophical deconstructions of what a picture even is. Because of the nature of a photograph, […]

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The Language of Photography

Similarly to exposure, people tend to throw around the idea of composition without understanding much about it. Before I began looking into the subject, the only thing I knew about composition was the “rule of thirds,” a very common trick to easily compose photographs by dividing the frame in thirds, […]

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Beyond the Light Meter

The three elements of the exposure triangle are aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. But how do we know how to balance these settings and expose the image just right? Fortunately, every DSLR camera comes with a light meter, which can be found in the viewfinder. When I first started learning […]