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Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

Photographer / Videographer / Production Manager. Received a degree in photography in 2009. Has since been published in numerous national and regional publications such as HGTV Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows, Charleston Magazine, Grand Strand Magazine, House Calls, and Charleston Wedding. Resides in Hollywood, SC with his wife and 2 rad boys. Enjoys playing music, fishing, and Game of Thrones.

Friday, 15 December 2017 10:29

Photo Tip: Creating Silhouettes

It's that time of year, folks. The mornings are brighter, and the evenings darker. But don't let those early evenings get you down! Now's a great time to take advantage of the lower angle of sunlight and play around with silhouettes. 

To get the best result with this technique, go out on a clear day at a time when the sun is not directly above you.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 11:09

Painting with Motion: Long Exposure Photography

A fun thing for photography enthusiasts to try is long exposure photography, which is a cool technique that allows you to capture contrast in motion. For instance, if you’re shooting the pier at Folly Beach with this technique, the waves will appear milky and smooth, which looks really cool against the static pier. Most people just think of the contrast between colors or between light and shadow when creating a composition, but the contrast between something in motion and something still can also be really beautiful.

Even though the Angel Oak is magnificent no matter how you shoot it, trying different angles will help us see it in a much more interesting way than the thousands of other eye-level, straight-on photos of the same subject. So get out there and try something different.

If you have photography questions or other topics you’d like us to explore, let us know!

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