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PhotoAbility: A Basic Workshop Guide

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  • Thanks, Monica. I'd love to see your shots from the Rockies! Next time we travel together I'll mug for your SLR and submit to PhotoAbility. So now all we have to do is decide when and where we are traveling.
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  • Fabulous photos – and really good advice. I've just got myself a DSLR camera and am loving it. All the tips here are really useful. And the PhotoAbility concept is great too – good luck with it!
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  • 1. Image Selection Guide PhotoAbility PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 2. A good imageA picture is worth a thousand words.......A good image • Has emotional appeal • Is well composed • Has spontaneityKey elements of a good image • Lighting • Environment/ location Colour • Talent • Emotional appeal Engaging subject matter Spontaneity Composition & scale PhotoAbility Good Lighting • Adds drama and emphasis to the subject • Creates mood • Strengthens the composition • Enhances the experience PhotoAbility A Good Location • Engages • Inspires • Motivates • Invites PhotoAbility PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 3. Colour • Gives life and energy • Creates mood • Enhances the sense of place • Colours should reflect the natural surroundings PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 4. Talent • Look for shots with real people – they should be authentic, welcoming, engaging, inviting. • Do not over stage shots so that they look posed or artificial • Take shots of people with a disability on their own, with friends or partners and in groups • Avoid modelling type images PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 5. Emotional Appeal • Engage the viewer and stimulate them to want to know more. • Demonstrates immersion • Tells a story • Inspires and motivate • Breaks through preconceptions PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 6. Engaging Subject Matter • Sometimes you need to look a bit harder to find a picture that the viewer can’t ignore • Combines and contrasts elements • Finds the story in the detail • Can be a bit unusual PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 7. Composition Guide • Composition makes or breaks a photo • A photo has to draw the eye through it • It has to have a context • It has to have a sense of place • Above all else it must convey a message and captivate the viewer.Rule of ThirdsThe most common mistake in photography is to put the subject into the centre of the frame.The eye is immediately draw to that subject and does not then explore the depth of thepicture, as a result the photo can appear flat and lifeless.A photograph should be imagined as being cut into thirds in both directions. The subject ofthe photo should be placed on one of the four intersecting points.The horizon, or natural scenery breaks should be placed on one of the two horizontal thirdlines, not across the centre of the picture. PhotoAbility PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 8. Action ShotsAction shots should follow the rule of thirds.Place the subject at one of the fourintersection points.The direction of travel should thenfollow the diagonal line to the oppositeintersection.This draws the eye through the photographand creates a sense of involvement. PhotoAbility Framing a Context A photo should have a sense of purpose and context. It must be recognizable and the eye should be drawn from the subject into the background. PhotoAbility Create a Sense of Drama - Get in Close Photography is about involvement and captivating interest. Sometimes the background is clutter and doesn’t provide a context. The whole activity doesn’t need to be captured, and can often result in a boring or static image. Don’t be afraid to get in close or experiment to create dramatic effects. Even in these cases the rule of thirds creates balance in the image, in the example the rear wheel and helmet provide the anchor PhotoAbility points and the riders torso the balancing line. PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012
  • 9. Commercial Photography LegalitiesCommercial photography differs greatly from images that may be used for personal use orsocial networking.As the images are being sold and used in a commercial context then everyone with an inter-est in the photo must be protected.CopyrightThe copyright of all photographs resides with the photographer regardless of whether hewas paid for the assignment or not, unless there is an assignment of copyright agreement.Any photo offered for sale must be offered by the copyright owner only.People appearing in photos.Unlike social networks, commercial photos cannot contain any person, who is identifiable,without their express written permission. This normally takes the form of a model or talentrelease. A proforma document is available for download at http://www.photoability.net/contributions.html.Photos taken on private or public propertyMost private property and some national parks and other open spaces have restrictions onphotography for commercial purposes. You should check with the property owner beforeconducting a commercial photoshoot. A property release proforma document is also avail-able at http://www.photoability.com.au/contributions.htmlLogos, brand names and clothingThe maximum value for a photograph is obtained when it appeals to the widest possibleaudience of commercial clients. Many bags, clothing items, wheelchairs and even props likewine bottles have manufacturers logos or brand names on them. Where possible it is betterto shoot photographs that do not contain any visible brand names or logos. It is far easier toremove the items before the shoot than in post production.Upload and sell your portfolio with PhotoAbilityYour photograph(s) can be used in marketing, media, and advertising campaigns used bysuch entities as resorts, cruise lines, vacation properties, travel venues, home communities,tourism bureaus, lifestyle products, corporate employers and more! Media and advertisingprofessionals, web/graphic designers, as well as small and large companies will purchasephotos from stock photo libraries to represent their or their client’s message and image.To upload your images go to http://photoability.net/contributions.htmlThere you can register as a photographer and upload your photos.Our two prefered methods are: • Our easy upload facility or • Our YouSendit drop box PhotoAbility Image Selection Guide V 1.02 © PhotoAbility 2012

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