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Kris Krüg's photography tips presentation at Gnomedex 2008 in Seattle.

Kris Krüg's photography tips presentation at Gnomedex 2008 in Seattle.

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  • 1. Taking Making Better Photographs
    • Kris Krüg
    • Gnomedex 2008, Seattle
  • 2. Light in the Eyes
  • 3. Evaluate the Light
    • Sun? Shade? Incandesent, Halogen?
    • Look around - highlights, shadows, spotlights
    • Put your subject in good light
    • Look for reflection/catchlight in the eyes
    • Use lamps, spotlights, etc
  • 4. Work With Whatcha Got
  • 5. Shoot in Low Light/Available Light
    • Increase your ISO (ASA)
    • Increase your aperture (F-stop)
    • Decrease your shutter speed
    • Focus manually if autofocus fails you
    • Tinker with manual settings/metering
    • Brace on things (tripod, gear bag)
  • 6. Reflections Are Yummy!
  • 7. Look for Reflections
    • Puddles are my favorite
    • Glass
    • Metal
    • Shiny floors
    • Provides symetry, unique perspectives, and extra light
  • 8. Gnomedex Wall of Love
  • 9. Focus On A Theme
    • Polaroids
    • Portraits
    • Black & White//Sepia//Over-exposed
    • Laptop Stickers//Geeks & Gear
    • Funny Faces
  • 10. Learn Your Camera
    • Isolate the variables - depth of field, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc
    • Tinker, tweek, shoot lots, share your photos, get feedback, change it up
    • Share gear - find someone you can test out lenses, flashes, etc with
  • 11. Rules Are Made To Be Broken
  • 12. Take a Look @ Your Background
    • No trees sprouting out of peoples heads.
    • Less busy puts more focus on the subject
  • 13. Fill the Frame
    • Get close to your subject
    • Use all the screen real estate
  • 14. Rule of Thirds An image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. The four points formed by the intersections of these lines can be used to align features in the photograph. Proponents of this technique claim that aligning a photograph with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the photo than simply centering the feature would.
  • 15. Get High! Swing Low...
    • People look better (younger, skinnier) from above
    • Stand on things
    • Lay down
    • Get the angle
    • Change your perspective
  • 16. Tips for Being a Pretty Subject
    • Laugh! Smile! Have fun!
    • Make eye contact with the camera
    • Take off your conference lanyard
    • Stand in the light
    • Avoid douchebag hand gestures unless your a Japanese girl or me. ;)
    • Get close, show some love
    • Don’t squirm - stand still.
  • 17. Camera Buying Advice
    • Lenses more important than body
    • Don’t fall for Mega Pixels
    • Look for manual controls
    • I like cameras from camera companies - Canon, Nikon, Fuji
  • 18. <paradox> Now forget all that. Go gonzo styleé. Fuck focus, framing, etc. Move fast. Have fun. Feel it. </paradox>
  • 19. Thx to Chris and Ponzi. Creative Commons. Share the love. Link to me on the words ‘photographer’, ‘fashion photographer’, ‘vancouver photographer’, or all the above and I’ll give you a gift of photographic awesomeness! ;) Kris Krüg. kk+. 778. 898. 3076. [email_address] <3 <3 <3