Photo tips oct2009


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  • • Make sure you can easily reach the shutter button and any other buttons or controls you may need • Your body as a tripod - 1) hold camera with both hands 2) stand with legs shoulder width apart 3) hold camera firmly against face 4) elbows 5) deep breath • Non tripod options - what if you don’t have a tripod but need one? 1) lean against a wall 2) set camera on table or top of a wall ( table top tripod?) • Press shutter button smoothly and firmly - not jerky can cause camera movement and blur might cause you to crop out top of image -- heads cut off • Ultimate Goal == eliminate blur
  • Your subject What about subject is visually interesting? What draws you to it? Shape, color, the way the light is hitting it? image by AC Junior - color How can you best focus the viewer’s attention on it? How does it fit into your story?
  • Working with your subject - get image from p61 Handbook of Photo • Use the camera a sketchbook or way to explore the subject • Experiment • Getting a good photo is a process of discovery Most photographers take lots of photos Happy to get 2 or 3 good shots out of 36 That doesn’t mean you should shoot randomly * Take first shot > then another > then another >>>> * What details did you not notice at first • Take several shots at different angles > Vary your vantage point Ballerina feet • Don’t just take horizontal photos Verticals, angled
  • Get closer, farther, move around B&W Photo, p22, 3 images of train tracks Most people take photos too far away from the subject
  • worm’s eye view, eagle eye view Kneel down, stand on steps Most photos are taken at eye level
  • Zoom in Making a small subject large can give it a grandeur, allow viewer to see details they’ve never noticed
  • What’s in the background? What is the relationship to the subject? Is there one? Does it add to your image or distract? Does it change your subject? Goldblatt’s image - people in background change the subject/context If it distracts, can it be cropped out Frame subject tightly? Can it be included in a way that complements the subject? Does it help tell your story?
  • What’s the lighting like? Are there shadows? this image by Robert Mapplethorpe is as much about the shadow as it is the flower and vase What’s the time of day and the angle of the sun? Will it be better to take the photo at 10am or 3pm? Flash or no Flash
  • How much text on each page? how big is the image? – maybe it should take up the whole page Will the text sit on the image, to the side, be a part of the image (comic book style) Size and color Word art Don’t overuse!!!!
  • Experiment Follow your instincts For every rule there is an exception don’t be afraid to find it it will only cost you a little time and digital space Flickr group – 5 images/no text
  • Photo tips oct2009

    1. 1. Tips for Taking Pictures
    2. 2. Holding the Camera <ul><li>Can you easily reach all the controls? </li></ul><ul><li>Think of yourself as a tripod </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solid stance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lean against a wall </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Press shutter button smoothly </li></ul><ul><li>Goal = Eliminate blur </li></ul>Images:
    3. 3. Your Subject <ul><li>What about subject is visually interesting? </li></ul><ul><li>Shape </li></ul><ul><li>Color </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>How does it fit into story? </li></ul>Image by AC Junior
    4. 4. Explore your Subject <ul><li>Use the camera as a sketchpad </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment and explore </li></ul><ul><li>Take one photo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… then another </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and then another </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What new details can you find </li></ul>Handbook of Photography
    5. 5. Distance <ul><li>Shoot from different distances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get closer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Get farther away </li></ul></ul>Images from Black & White Photography, Horenstein
    6. 6. Points of View <ul><li>Worm’s eye view </li></ul>Image by Eva Besnyo Image by Dan Poem Bird’s eye view
    7. 7. Cropping <ul><li>Zoom In </li></ul>Image by Patrick Tosani Frame Tightly Image by Ken Ohara
    8. 8. Backgrounds <ul><li>What’s in the background? </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to the subject? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it add to your image or distract? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it change the subject matter of your image? </li></ul>Image by David Goldblatt
    9. 9. Lighting <ul><li>What’s the lighting like? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there shadows? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the time of day? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the angle of the sun? </li></ul><ul><li>Should you use a flash? </li></ul>Image by Robert Mapplethorpe
    10. 10. Text & Image <ul><li>Amount of text per page </li></ul><ul><li>Image size </li></ul><ul><li>Position of text in relation to image </li></ul><ul><li>Size & color </li></ul><ul><li>Text as part of the image </li></ul><ul><li>Word Art </li></ul>
    11. 11. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Break the rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For every “rule” there is an exception </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can you tell your story with just images? </li></ul><ul><li>Use software tools you know </li></ul>