Tips on Photography art tropical Townsville.

The relation of photography to outdoor art.

The genera of outdoor art involves amongst durable materials a host of elements not equated with the more prototypical outdoor art depictions. Photography prints are an emerging field for outdoor art. Digital images can be projected onto walls in urban spaces. Also small prints can be placed within a mixed media context. However photography for mixed media is a prior consideration given the theme in relation to the materials used for the mixed media construction.

What does the Townsville region present?

The migration of flocks of birds to the Townsville conservation park is a good place to start.

What locations offer various perspectives?

The Jacana bird hide along the freshwater lagoon. Also the perspective a just inland at dawn offers plenty of opportunity to capture flight.

What selection of birds?

Brolgas, magpie geese, herons, Ibis are common amongst the recorded 280 species.

How does this example translate into art photography ?

The way a technical and the decisive moment interact.

What locations around Townsville are good for flight photography?

Around Mount Stuart for red-winged parrots, red tailed black cockatoos, egrets, and ibis.

Light as a tropical dynamic.

Basic tips for mixed media style photography

  1. Have a sense of how the photography can be integrated with other media

    Set up as diagram with a graphics program or sketch.

  2. Get out and find a method to capture the selection of photographs

    So for birds getting in various positions can be useful and the use of a super telephoto lens.

  3. Compile the images for a sense integration with other media

    This step takes the most significant amount of trial and re-trials.

Art photography for mixed media.

  1. Aim for a good set of prime lenses for art photography.
  • Super wide 24mm lens: epic landscape; encompassing interior.
  • Documentary 50mm lens: street; humanistic; general purpose.
  • telephoto Portrait 150mm lens: ideal proportions, close-up street scenes.
  • super telephoto 600mm: landscape compression; wildlife capture.

2. Selection of art photography to place into a mixed media format.

  • self contained, or blend into media as a photographic choice.
  • Will it be verging on abstraction or figurative?
  • Will the photo be codependent or independent of other images?
  • Is there a theme that will form a body of work?

Outdoor art for this kind of mixed media experimentalism requires a philosophical approach that takes into account various world views which is discussed in outdoor art: a philosophical guide to its place in the tropics.

3. How to place the art photography within a mixed media?

  • The print should be initially coated with a protective solution.
  • Place the print within the mixed media.
  • Composition is about perspective so use an adhesive as the decisive moment.
  • Layering resins on top of the image can bring out a magnification of the image.
  • construct a container (putty, paper, wax) around the image for resin.


What are some tips for doing photography?

I cover this topic in an article that takes Townsville conservation bird park as a guide.

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