If you’re traveling to a place that has already been photographed again and again by the world’s best photographers, what do you do? Just buy a postcard and save yourself the trouble? Right? Wrong!
Want to take photos like a pro? Want your photo to look like it’s worth a million bucks?
The biggest mistake people make in photography is having too much clutter in the snapshot.
Aim for simplicity. Walk around your subject and recompose until you have reduced as many distractions from the foreground or background as you can. (more…)
Your toughest client to photograph will inevitably be the toddler, whether its your own, your grandchildren, or someone else’s. Most of your photos will be of the back of his head as he runs away from the camera, or a shot of her palm as she grabs your camera.
Here’s how to photograph children and babies with grace, style, and plenty of patience to spare:
|“A GREAT photograph is one that fully expresses what one FEELS, in the deepest sense, about WHAT is being photographed.”
– Ansel Adams, Photography Legend
A photograph that captures raw emotion is the single most important ingredient in making your digital album stand out.
So how do you take photos that communicate emotion?
With the Get Emotional Photo Contest that Pixelbooking is hosting, I was recently asked this question and it’s made me have to stop and think through what I do. My initial response is, “you just do.” It’s hard for me to explain because capturing emotion in a photograph comes naturally. But as I’ve thought, and thought, until my puzzler was sore, I finally came up with some advice in response to this question:
Be open and ready for an image that surprises even you. My friend was telling me that she was taking pictures for a family and the 3-year-old girl had “finished” cooperating. Her mom took off the little girl’s “special photo shoot clothes” and let her roam free. My friend started taking pictures of the little girl’s baby brother when the girl crawled up and laid her head on him. The first instinct was to shoo her away. After all, my friend was trying to photograph the baby and the girl wasn’t in her nice clothes anymore. But luckily, my friend ignored her first reaction and saw the great opportunity to capture an emotional image.
With so many images all around – in Facebook albums, on blogs, in your digital album, what will make someone stop and look at YOURS?
Learn to make your photos more eye-catching by learning the rules of composition. You’ll become more than a “Point-and-Shoot” photographer and that’s a good thing!
Learning composition doesn’t require any technical knowledge about your camera (you can still use your Auto Settings). But for some people, it can also the most difficult because it requires you to be artistic — a gift that either people naturally have – or they learn.
So, you just have to put your subject in the middle of the viewfinder and click the button, right? WRONG.
Here’s what you do: Imagine dividing the scene into thirds both horizontally and vertically. Put the person’s eyes or the main subject near one of the intersections.
Easier still: Move the frame so the subject is slightly off-center. Ta da! An instantly more attractive, balanced and professional-looking photography. This will ALWAYS look more pleasing than centering your subject in the viewfinder.