Monthly Archives: November 2020

Using freely available infographics to ease the entry into photographic art

Assuming many people are impatient, this article will discuss how knowledge of the technical side of photography can be built using infographics. In the few minutes it takes to get the main point from an infographic, someone using a camera manual is still trying to understand the contents or index of manual. Getting down to taking the first shot takes minutes rather than hours. Infographics are a fun but efficient way of mastering your art.

This chart uses an infographic to give some facts and fixtures about infographics.

Infographic by visually – click the image to see the complete infographic

Infographics are quick and to the point – the illustrator is using a communication mechanism that forces them to make the point as concisely and clearly as possible. Where the information is hidden in a chapter of a book the author has to repeat the point to make sure it’s not lost. Lots of redundant information has to be understood to identify the facts needed to get started.

Diagrams and photographs can show how things actually are much better than words. The skill of the illustrator comes from the fact that he is forced to very carefully consider whatever they put on paper or online because they are driven to be as concise as possible to save space. The infographic is also easier to share with others and to store in the camera bag or notebook, for use as a reference

DaveHPosterart Poster II – Sky, Sea, Sand and Sun

I took this photograph a few months ago on the west cost of France.

Saint Jean de Monts
©️Dave Harcourt 2020, all rights reserved

The beach through a telephoto gave a deserted look while a bit of processing made it somewhat more vivid that it probably actually was. The vertical is divided in thirds, which with the desolate ness gives an interesting link to the image.

The breaking wave in the middle of the picture breaks the uniformity. This might not be advantageous, for instance Andreas Gursky spent hours in the dark room removing all features from his Rhein II which fetched $4,338,500 at a Christie’s auction some ten years ago. This made it the most expensive photograph ever sold at an auction, a place it held for several years.

©️Andreas Gursky, all rights reserved

My print is on sale at pixels for an incomparable price. Should anyone be interested in a more pleasing price they can contact me and we can work out an exclusivity deal and maybe adjust the photograph to your liking.

What about this version?

©️Dave Harcourt 2020, all rights reserved


This series of photographs that I have copied from the INTERNET will look at a range of things that makes the photos interesting to me and along the way will hopefully give you some ideas and illustrate some photographic points.

Suivis par des ombres © Haiquan Xiang – Drone Awards 2020

Do a GOOGLE search for “4 zebras” and you’ll get hundreds of photos, mainly from ground level in grass of varying length. The black and often dirty white shapes mainly against a brown savanna are very uniform and mostly uninteresting. To add to this photographers tend to want to fill the screen with their subjects and its normally difficult to get close ups.

So get yourself a drone, move into a semi desert area at sunset and you get a different photo. Then increase the exposure, contrast and decrease the saturation and the five zebra facing in different direction and their shadows make a really interesting composition. Of course we don’t see the details of sex, shape and texture but then its not a picture of zebra!

It would be possible to further develop the image by playing with rotation and cropping and possibly making the ground smoother and lighter. But this is a really compelling photograph.